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University of Arkansas – Leroy Pond Utility Plant

University of Arkansas – Leroy Pond Utility Plant

Location: Fayetteville, AR
Owner: University of Arkansas
Project Budget: $8.14M
Completion: Est. 2014

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Even for large institutions, adding major central plant infrastructure is not a common undertaking and Pinnacle Energy Services is proud to be a part of the new Leroy Pond Utility Plant Project.

As part of our “On-Call” service contract with the University, Pinnacle Energy Services is providing a comprehensive and highly customized set of commissioning services for the University that will include commissioning of the 4000 Ton chiller plant and field-constructed cooling towers (2,000 Ton initial installation).

Working in the context of perhaps the single largest construction and remodeling period in the campus’ history, Pinnacle Energy is a part of a team that continues to coordinate with a variety of other simultaneous projects. These are further challenged with the need to meet all general class schedules as well as campus event schedules such as Wal-Mart’s yearly stockholder’s meeting hosted in Bud Walton Arena.

Nestlé Nutrition – Gerber Foods

Nestlé Nutrition – Gerber Foods

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Completion: Most Recent – January 2013

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Projects:
Air Pressurization / ACH Study
Microbiology Lab HVAC Design
Plant Waste Water Design
Structural Engineering Analysis

Pinnacle Energy Services’ engineers have provided consulting on a variety of projects at the 900,000SF Gerber Plant owned by Nestlé Nutrition, a world leader in infant nutrition, healthcare nutrition, performance nutrition and weight management.
Projects have included a large cooking area Airflow Study, HVAC design of a Microbiology Laboratory used for QA/QC analysis, providing Engineering Design and Management Services for both Process and Sanitary Wastewater systems serving their new $90M+ dry cereal expansion line. Most recently we have provided Engineering Management Services for A Structural Analyses Study in support of a large piping replacement project in the plant.

BioBased Corporate Office

BioBased Corporate Office

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Owner: BioBased Systems, LLC
Project Cost: $6.6M Total, $1.7M MEP
Completion: September 2008

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Biobased, Inc is an OEM provider of an environmentally-friendly, foam spray insulation. Our engineers provided various LEED and design services for their new 30ksf, two-story LEED Silver Certified company headquarters in south Fayetteville. The building housed a mixed occupancy with approximately 6ksf dedicated to research laboratory space with the remaining set aside for administrative offices and common areas.

The HVAC system consisted of a 180 ton Multi-Zone VAV system with CO2 and outside air monitoring. Heating was provided by three staged modulating-condensing type high efficiency boilers. Custom “fast-acting” VAV units were designed for the laboratories to provide make-up air and maintain room pressure control in concert with 15 lab hoods. Hoods were equipped with manifold nitrogen, vacuum, and compressed air systems. One hood was designed for perchloric acid duty featuring a complete duct washdown system.

Pinnacle Engineers provided LEED integration services to achieve design points for: Light Pollution Reduction, Water Use Reduction, Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring, Increased Ventilation, Construction IAQ Management Plan, Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control, Controllability of Systems – Lighting, and Controllability of Systems – Thermal Comfort, Daylight & Views, Thermal Comfort, and Innovation in Design. Our work also included energy modeling and ROI cost information to support owner decisions related to laboratory hoods and HVAC system types.

Mitsubishi Wind Turbine Plant LEED-Gold

Mitsubishi Wind Turbine Plant LEED-Gold

Location:Fort Chaffee Crossing, AR
Owner: Mitsubishi
Reference: Doug Ross – Gray Construction
Construction Budget: $50M
Completion: January 2011

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Pinnacle Energy Services provided commissioning services on this 235,000 LEED Gold mixed occupancy facility housing both an industrial space for assembling renewable energy wind turbines and a support area for administration and cafeteria.

The project was implemented in a phased approach which first addressed commissioning of the plant space totaling approximately 200,000sf. This industrial area included mission-critical clean rooms served by dedicated packaged units while the main plant floor was tempered by large, vertically-stacked, recirculating AHU’s with Natural Gas heating and CHW cooling.

The second phase work included the remaining 35,000sf space which housed executive offices, conference rooms, a training room, and an employee cafeteria – all served by one multi-zone VAV RTU system.

A central chilled water plant, comprised of two air-source screw chillers served both the industrial and administration spaces. For chilled water plant testing Pinnacle coordinated closely with the construction team to “false load” the chiller and avoid having to wait for off-season testing of the screw chillers and associated VFD pumping system.

Armed Forces Reserve Center

Armed Forces Reserve Center

Location: Muskogee, OK
Owner: Oklahoma Army National Guard
Reference: Richard Brooks, PE – Plans & Constr. Branch Chief
Project Budget: $24M
Completion: December 2010

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Pinnacle Energy Services provided enhanced commissioning services for this LEED-NC Silver 100,600 SF facility completed in December of 2010.

The facility is jointly occupied by the Oklahoma Army National Guard (ARNG) & United States Army Reserves (USAR) and incorporates the latest Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection (AT/FP) requirements set forth by the Department of Defense.

Capacity is for 520 military personnel who are served by a primary campus building that features a full kitchen/cafeteria, locker spaces, class rooms, arms vaults, exercise areas, and numerous office and break-out rooms. The main building utilizes a variable volume central plant with a complete DDC control system. A vehicle maintenance building with vehicle exhaust removal system is also located on the site.

Fayetteville Municipal Energy Efficiency Project

Fayetteville Municipal Energy Efficiency Project

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Owner: The City of Fayetteville
Project Cost: $400,000
Completion: February 2011

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Project Description:
Pinnacle Engineers were hired to manage a 7 building energy efficiency campaign the City undertook to utilize their American Recovery & Reinvestment Act grant funding. Our services included performing ASHRAE Level 1 energy audits with complete reporting that included energy consumption and cost benchmarking. Full MEP contract documents were then developed for construction. Throughout the project Pinnacle provided the calculations and support necessary to earn AEP SWEPCO’s Standard Offer Program energy efficiency incentives.

Buildings Included
Police Department, Water & Sewer Operations, Fire Stations #1, #4 and #6, Development Services, Community Greenhouse.

Energy Conservation Measures Included:
HVAC Equipment Upgrades, Interior Lighting Retrofits, Exterior LED Retrofits, Duct Leakage Testing / Sealing, Envelope Improvements, Glazing Treatments, Planting Trees, Controls Testing, and BAS Controls Upgrades.

Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport

Location: Tulsa International Airport – Tulsa, OK
Owner: Tulsa Airport Authority
Reference: Ryan Haynie – Manhattan Construction Co.
Construction Budget: $16M
Completion: Winter 2011

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Project Description:

Pinnacle Energy Services was hired by general contracting firm Manhattan Construction to commission a comprehensive remodel project for the airports B Terminal totaling 72,000 square feet. Scope of commissioning included central plant-fed VAV air handling units, fire alarm system, building automation system, high voltage electrical switchgear service, emergency power system, energy recovery ventilators, lighting / lighting controls and all zone-level HVAC equipment.

Pinnacle Energy Services provided the following commissioning services for this facility:

  • Cx Plan
  • Lead Pre-Cx Meeting and attended each pre-installation meeting
  • Pre-Functional Checklists
  • Functional Testing
  • Integrated System Testing
  • Ongoing Construction Observation
  • Verification Checks
  • Witness Start-Ups
  • Commissioning Report and Systems Manual

Rockline Industries

Rockline Industries

Location: Bonneville, Arkansas Plant
Owner: Rockline Industries
Project Duration: Mfg Lines 1-4: 10/’09-3/’10 – Mfg Lines 5-8: 2/’13 – Est 12/’13

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A Family Owned Corporation that Started in 1976 Rockline Industries employs 1800 people worldwide with 6 Global Manufacturing Facilities & 3 Independent Factories. They are the Largest Supplier of Coffee Filters and Private Label Wet Wipes in North America.

Beginning in 2009 Rockline engaged Pinnacle Energy Services to provide a comprehensive energy consulting package aimed at turning an otherwise conventional product line expansion into a bold CSR statement for the purpose of reinforcing their environmental commitment and improving upon their score in the “Sustainability Supplier Assessment” program – a vendor performance grading system established by Wal-Mart, Rockline’s largest client.

Rockline was seeking to add four manufacturing lines to it’s Wet Wipe production capacity.  The lines were to be completely enclosed in environmentally controlled isolation rooms. The company’s QA/QC policies dictated space condition control for pressurization, air changes, temperature, humidity, air contamination and bacteria levels.  Early sustainable design charettes presented the possibility of utilizing an open field adjacent to the primary manufacturing facility for a geothermal system. Rockline then tasked Pinnacle Energy Services to begin a Feasibility Study – the first of three project phases that ultimately included the Geothermal Feasibility Study, a Building Energy Modeling phase with ROI Analysis and finally a traditional MEP Design and Construction phase.

The Phase 1 feasibility study focused on analyzing the thermal potential of the adjacent field to see if it could support the HVAC loads of nearly 50,000 SF space for the proposed manufacturing lines, an existing chemical mix room, and existing QA/QC laboratory.  For this work Pinnacle worked with the owner’s selected contractor Multi-Craft Contractors in the construction and deployment of a mobile geothermal testing unit and in well-field testing.  We then developed a computer model based on ASHRAE guidelines to determine the number, size and depth required for the geothermal wells needed to support the load.  In the end, the field was found to be of sufficient size to accommodate the manufacturing line expansion and Phase 2 began.

Phase 2 work included gathering and incorporating diverse project data into a comprehensive computer building model using Trane Trace 700 software which ultimately provided Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of various HVAC system strategies and options for the owner to consider.  Several “What if?” scenarios were generated that allowed Rockline to optimize their decision concerning heating and cooling efficiency and related energy costs versus project capital cost.

Finally, in Phase 3, our design and construction period work involved coordinating closely with the GC in providing complete MEP design services. The design was based on a state-of-the-art high efficiency modular chiller plant incorporating ground source manifold heat pumps.

Celebrating the Victories! is always a good idea given the hard work it takes to achieve them.  And following construction Pinnacle performed energy and carbon savings calculations for use in their yearly CSR reporting and also provided  “hard data” required by electrical utility AEP/SWEPCO to earn a $64,000 Energy Efficiency Rebate as part of the utility’s Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Program.  For their annual energy efficiency program kick-off, SWEPCO also invited Pinnacle President Ryan McClain and Nick Santoleri, Rockline’s VP of Global Operations – Wet Wipes Division, to deliver a “Success Story” presentation from the consultant’s / owner’s perspective in using the C&I program.

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Since completion, the energy efficient manufacturing line expansion project has served as a featured success story for Rockline who has hosted a number of client tours at the facility to demonstrate the kind of steps they are making as an environmentally responsible supply chain partner.

Recently in February of 2013, Rockline and Pinnacle Energy Services are teaming up again for an encore performance of the  successful ground-source HVAC solution to handle another manufacturing line expansion.

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