Maricopa County, New High-Rise Court Tower

New construction: Maricopa County, New High-Rise Court Tower; Syska Hennessy Group Inc.

08/09/2012


Exterior shot of the new Maricopa County CourthouseProject name: Maricopa County, New High-Rise Court Tower

Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Firm name: Syska Hennessy Group Inc.

Project type, building type: New construction, office

Project duration: 4.3 years

Project completion date: Feb. 20, 2012

Project budget for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering only: $4 million

Engineering challenges

The court tower requires systems capable of supporting high-tech security and office equipment, while remaining flexible to support programmatic changes necessary to complete the master plan and future expansions. Also, the architectural geometric model was used as a basis for the design of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; airflow, temperature, and pressure simulations (CFD modeling); and energy analysis.  

Solutions

As a part of the design team, Syska is contributing to the development of a 3-D model in an integrated BIM environment using Revit MEP Suite 2009 software. Using Revit and Navisworks for cross-disciplinary integration enables the design team to immediately see the effects of design changes, verify equipment clash and interference, and communicate more effectively. The model also allows the Syska design team to validate static pressure duct and system information, airflow (cfm), obtain quantity take-offs, and incorporate "smart tags" to support commissioning efforts. Syska also utilized the architectural 3-D Revit model to develop the energy model. GreenBuilding Studios takes the geometrics from Revit and transfers them directly to Equest. Beginning the process in Revit saved the design team substantial time and energy. CFD models using AirPak were also developed for the main courtroom and Sallyport. Syska utilized CFD modeling to evaluate end-user thermal comfort within all areas of the courtroom and ensure a consistent temperature gradient throughout the entire space. The Sallyport was also modeled to evaluate airflow to ensure effective collection and removal of vehicle exhaust.

Exterior night shot of the courthouse entranceInterior shot of the courtroomImage of the mechanical room equipmentShot of the electrical room equipment



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.; 2015 Best Practices: Automation, Electrical Safety, Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Material Handling, Mechanical Systems
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Migrating industrial networks; Tracking HMI advances; Making the right automation changes
Understanding transfer switch operation; Coordinating protective devices; Analyzing NEC 2014 changes; Cooling data centers
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.