Equipment logistics and green technology highlight J.T. Magen’s Praxair Connecticut project
Installing solar-powered car ports in the parking lots was one of the most interesting elements of the Praxair project in Danbury, Connecticut, according to Bill Fusco, J.T. Magen senior project manager.
“The J.T. Magen team reclaimed the old parking lots, re-graded the parking area into three tiers, installed new curbing, paving and storm drainage, and excavated the new car port footings for the installation. The car ports feature solar panels that help power the parking lot lighting and electric car charging stations, and send extra power back to the grid,” he explains.
Another project highlight for Fusco was the removal of the existing building façade to make way for a new double-height curtain wall entry with structural glazing to add architectural interest.
Mechanical equipment logistics
Fusco says a fun part of the Praxair headquarters was overseeing the large cranes that lifted 10 Trane rooftop air conditioning units totaling 485 tons to the roof. There was also a completely new roofing system installed in the process.
To help support Praxair’s business demands, J.T. Magen built a data center incorporating a new Liebert 250 kVA UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) and a 300 kVA PDU (Power Distribution Unit). Fusco adds that the team installed three 15-ton Liebert CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning) units to keep the new data center at cool temperatures.
Photos: J.T. Magen