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HVAC for Schools

HVAC for Schools

Our innovative energy conservation strategies help schools meet unique design challenges and achieve the following:

  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Enhanced occupant comfort
  • Increased cost effectiveness

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Lighting in K-12 Facilities

Lighting in K-12 Facilities

PBA's lighting design that incorporates natural daylight can benefit educational facilities in several ways, including:

  • Boosting mood, retention, and quality of space
  • Decreasing operational costs
  • Effectively complementing active learning environments

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New Design Concepts for Elementary

New Design Concepts for Elementary and Secondary Schools

Discover how we can help develop solutions to many of the top issues facing schools today:

  • Improving indoor environmental quality
  • Recovering energy for savings
  • Providing safe and secure conditions for students

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The Little Green School House

The Little Green Schoolhouse

Our horizontal geothermal system is helping a Michigan high school meet sustainability goals by contributing to:

  • An energy-efficient interior
  • Stellar indoor air quality
  • A reduction of more than $80,000 in annual operating costs

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Geothermal Technology for Schools

Geothermal Technology For Schools

ASHRAE highlights the unique features and positive effects of our geoexchange system at Whitmore Lake High School:

  • 46 miles of high-density piping
  • 67 water source heat pumps delivering conditioned air 
  • Increased ventilation effectiveness

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PBA Honorable Mentioned in Sustainability Design

PBA Honorable Mentioned in Sustainability Design

Learn about the design process and additional benefits of our geothermal system, as recognized by PM Engineer:

  • A storm water retention pond
  • An outdoor education area for student use
  • Ease of maintainability

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Aquathermal Systems

Aquathermal Systems

One of Michigan’s largest pond closed loop geothermal systems, PBA’s aquathermal system at Saginaw Valley State University provides:

  • 100% year-round heating and cooling needs
  • 40% heating and cooling cost savings
  • Hot water and heating/cooling to several areas on campus

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Enlightening Future Victors

Enlightening Future Victors 

PBA’s lighting design at the University of Michigan's Junge Family Champions Center reflects the building’s mix of historic and modern design by: 

  • Providing a dramatic exterior-lit feel
  • Maximizing depth and space despite low ceiling
  • Complementing architecture and interior design

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Ground Source Heat for 1920s Building

Ground Source Heat for 1920s Building 

Ensuring the aesthetics and structure of a 92-year-old building weren’t harmed, PBA’s retrofitting design team added modern HVAC technology:

  • A 270-coil geoexchange field beneath adjacent parking lot
  • Green islands with vegetative filters and groundwater infiltration to treat runoff

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Meeting the Energy Challenge

Meeting the Energy Challenge

PBA recommendations implemented at Michigan State University's Anthony Hall are expected to reduce energy consumption by 28% via:

  • Motion sensor, HVAC and lighting upgrades
  • Air quality improvements
  • Exhaust system heat recovery upgrades

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Smooth Operators

Smooth Operators 

Building commissioning can lower energy and warranty costs and provide many other benefits through services such as:

  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Architectural lighting design
  • Sustainable design and energy management systems

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Full Court Press for Energy Efficiency

Full Court Press for Energy Efficiency 

With PBA’s study of Crisler Arena's HVAC and electrical systems, U-M proceeded with a renovation project that featured:

  • Air handling unit upgrades for energy efficiency
  • Improved ventilation
  • LED and energy-efficient lighting

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Take Another Look at Energy Efficiency

Take Another Look at Energy Efficiency 

PBA helps universities maximize performance, operations, and energy consumption via retro-commissioning, which covers:

  • HVAC and plumbing system tests and adjustments
  • Increased energy conservation
  • Decreased building issues and maintenance costs

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Plumbing Design for Health Care

Plumbing Design for Health Care 

Effective health care plumbing design can help improve hygiene and disinfection, and control contamination. PBA consulting engineers can help health facilities design: 

  • Hand washing fixtures
  • Water storage tanks
  • Hot and cold water systems

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Turning Green Design into Reality

Turning Green Designs into Reality

PM Engineer magazine highlights PBA’s efforts to provide sustainable solutions and long-term benefits to clients and facilities in the following fields:

  • Health care
  • Government
  • K-12 and higher education
  • And more

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Meeting the Energy Challenge

MEP & Architectural Coordination in Athletic Facility Design

PBA coordinated infrastructure and architectural design at U-M’s Crisler Arena to create a more comfortable venue with:

  • Greater energy efficiency
  • Better temperature control
  • More appealing lighting

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Cam Magazine Special Edition

Mechanical/Electrical and Lighting Consulting Services

PBA provided mechanical and electrical services at Liberty Middle School with:

  • High efficiency condensing boilers
  • Closed circuit evaporative cooling tower
  • Energy Management System (EMS)
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Shedding Light On Healthcare Lighting Design Strategies

Shedding Light On Healthcare Lighting Design Strategies

With lighting equipment accounting for a good portion of a project’s FF&E costs, budget frequently drives healthcare lighting programs. At the same time, healthcare organizations realize that successful designs can pay off.

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Replacing an EPSS at a Hospital

Replacing an EPSS at a Hospital

A health care facility requires an emergency power supply system (EPSS). Its replacement must be carefully planned to reduce any loss of electrical systems.

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