This major utility service re-configuration project was for the installation of 1,600 feet of high pressure steam piping from Central Utility Plant (CUP) through several site buildings at a Confidential Pharmaceutical facility in New Jersey. The high pressure steam distribution traveled through multiple site grounds and several buildings, tunnels and mechanical rooms. The purpose of this project was to carry out necessary modifications to the site distribution to enable the demolition of a portion of the system. Implementation of this project allowed the client to proceed with the demolition.
The site presented unique landscaping requirements that prevented the steam distribution from moving through certain areas. Pipe routing along with required expansion loops, anchors and guides through the already crowded tunnels and mechanical spaces. The underground piping had several existing obstructions to be considered into the design while maintaining the requirements associated with the steam service.
THE PS&S SOLUTION
A comprehensive survey was executed by the Civil team and extensive coordination was carried out between the mechanical, civil and structural design teams. The mechanical group carried out the stress analysis for the high pressure steam pipe to assess stresses and thermal expansions expected. Routing alternatives were achieved to avoid disturbance of sensitive landscaped areas.