Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, WALNUT HILLS, OH
HVAC, Mechanical & Electrical Services
DEBRA-KUEMPEL VALUE DELIVERED
Expanded operating space and increased operating capacity, reduced paper problems with their associated costs, minimal impact on productivity through rapid project completion, greater ability to service more customers quickly and efficiently, potentially higher levels of customer satisfaction, enhanced growth opportunities.
HVAC, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SERVICES OBJECTIVES
To effectively double the square footage of its print mail facility by upgrading its mechanical and electrical systems and expanding the facility into an adjoining space.
HVAC, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS
To help this client achieve its objectives, DeBra-Kuempel had to do more than simply replace or upgrade the facility's commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical power distribution systems. Since paper is sensitive to air humidity variations, the HVAC system had to be innovatively designed to tightly control temperature and humidity. This minimizes the paper expansion and contraction that causes many printing problems.
Project administration was also important. During the mechanical and electrical construction project, the company maintained communications through regular weekly meetings and progress updates. In addition, the firm consistently tracked schedule changes and budget requirements, resulting in a construction project completed both on time and within the forecasted budget.
HVAC, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SCOPE OF WORK
Consequently, in addition to two exhaust fans and six 12-ton air-handling units, the HVAC system included two 100-percent outside make-up air units located near the printers' cooling loads and two low-pressure steam boilers. New variable speed secondary pumps feed chilled water from the existing central energy plant, and a new heat exchanger uses the facility's free cooling system. DeBra-Kuempel also installed a new building automation system to control the entire commercial HVAC installation.
In addition, the company reconfigured an existing 500 kilovolt-ampere (KVA) uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system and re-fed power panels from old data rooms to the new print mail area. Furthermore, the company installed conditioned power for the client's 12 high-speed printers and a UPS system to back up the entire print mail facility, including the printers and HVAC system.
PRINT MAIL FACILITY BACKGROUND
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield is one of the WellPoint family of companies. WellPoint combines national expertise with local presence to improve health and healthcare costs. Part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, it is the nation's leading health benefits company, serving the needs of approximately 34 million medical members nationwide.