In 2012, the town of Manchester, Connecticut decided to invest in its growing student population by approving a referendum to renovate the Highland Park Elementary School. The project included:
- a new addition,
- renovations to all educational and administrative space,
- a full replacement of the outdated mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment.
- The planners of the project realized that the new rooftop HVAC equipment would generate sound and vibration that could enter the classrooms, disrupting the learning environment for the students.
- Since the building was originally constructed in 1928, the roof required current building code upgrades.
- In another part of the building, space constraints presented a challenge for the installers.
- Thomas Wilt of Ferguson Mechanical Co., Inc., the project manager for the HVAC systems, made the decision to bring in Seismic Control Products to develop a solution.
To alleviate the noise from the HVAC equipment, Seismic Control Products worked with Novia to custom manufacture VibCurbs to isolate the vibrations.
To overcome the challenge posed by the weakness of the roof, Seismic Control Products offered suggestions to distribute the load on the roof, ensuring that it could support the heavy units.
Where space constraints were an issue, Seismic Control Products worked together with Novia to design a custom platform to fit on the roof. In the future, this platform will allow maintenance workers to easily access the unit while staying away from the edge of the roof.