Rehabilitation and Repair

Rehabilitation and Repair

University dining hall repiped in limited time window

Problem: Constructed in the late 1960s, the main dining hall at West Texas A&M University’s campus in Canyon has served many hungry college students. Deteriorating water quality caused by the corrosion of the dining hall’s antiquated galvanized steel potable water system required a repiping of the 56,000-square-foot facility and its 68 plumbing fixtures. The extensive job had to be completed during the school’s winter recess by the university’s maintenance staff.

Solution: REHAU RAUPEX UV shield pipe in 1/2- to 2-inch diameters and coil lengths up to 1,000 feet was specified. The flexible cross-linked polyethylene (PEXa) pipe allowed for easier installation in the challenging crawl space area underneath the kitchen floor. REHAU provided onsite training to the university’s maintenance staff.

Result: “We were very pleased with this project from all aspects,” says Roger Wilson, master plumber on the project. “The materials were easy to work with and helped us conserve time on the job. The 180-foot-long, 2-inch-diameter RAUPEX main cold-water supply line was installed in just 30 minutes using only one coupling.” The complete tear-out and repiping was finished in eight days, versus an estimated 30 days for rigid copper piping, and came in at a lower cost. 800-247-9445; www.rehau.com/commercialsolutions.



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