Category: Education
Project Title: Rancho Mirage High School
Project Designation: Education Projects
Owner: Palm Springs Unified School District
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Company
Architect: HAD Design Group
Engineer: Kraemer Engineering

Rancho Mirage High School

Project Description: Midstate Mechanical was selected to provide mechanical services for the new $99.3 million high school in Rancho Mirage, CA for Palm Springs Unified School District. The 332,000-square-foot high school was constructed on 60 plus acres and consists of nine buildings—an administration building, library, math and science, performing arts center, athletic building, English and social studies, cafeteria and a central plant. Included on-site are a football stadium with concessions, basketball and tennis courts, baseball, soccer and softball fields, plus parking areas for students and staff. The offsite package includes permanent utilities and a new roadway.

Category: Education
Project Title: West-MEC Education/Aviation Center
Project Designation: Education Projects
Owner: West-MEC Maricopa Education Center
General Contractor: McCarthy Construction
Architect: DLR Group
Engineer: DLR Group

West-MEC Education/Aviation Center

Project Description: Midstate was selected to provide HVAC and plumbing to the new West-MEC training facility. The design-build project includes a pre-engineered 40,900-square-foot metal building, with a hangar and classrooms. The hangar will be used for hands-on, specialized training in aircraft systems maintenance. The Center’s two-story building will house seven classrooms, training labs, meeting space, a library, a computer lab and offices.

The Center incorporates energy-efficient components to reduce operating costs, which include: high-reflective roof to deflect heat; building insulation with energy rated R-factor; EVAP coolers with air movement system for proper temperature control; efficient lighting system with strategic window placement for natural light; and LED fixtures. Many of the building products selected were manufactured using recycled material.

Category: Education
Project Title: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Project Designation: CMR, Higher Education
Owner: University of Arizona
General Contractor: DPR
Architect: Smith Group
Engineer: Smith Group

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Project Description: Midstate Mechanical was awarded the CM at Risk University of Arizona, College of Medicine project with DPR. The College of Medicine is housed in the historic Phoenix Union High School buildings. The project called for renovating the three historic buildings along with a core addition. The new campus is the result of groundbreaking collaborations between Arizona’s universities, private businesses, state and local governments, local hospitals and non-profit organizations.

The $2.4 million mechanical included HVAC and plumbing. Chilled water for the project was provided by Northwind. The project included underground chilled water piping, new air handlers, VAV systems, fan coils and restroom plumbing.

To preserve the historical building, Midstate brought the chilled water in through the stem wall in the basement. As a historical building, no outside wall penetrations could be made.

Category: Education
Project Title: Camelback High School
Project Designation: CMR, Education
Owner: Phoenix Union High School #3210
General Contractor: D.L. Withers Construction
Architect: Architectural Resource Team, Inc.
Engineer: TMAD Engineers

Camelback High School

Project Description: Midstate Mechanical was selected to provide mechanical services for the new E Building at Camelback High School. The $2.5 million (mechanical), 96,000 square foot high school addition consists of three separate wings that house different grade levels and offices throughout.

The HVAC is a high pressure duct system with variable air volume. The project includes extensive ductwork along with exposed duct. The chilled and heating hot water enter the building underground and the chilled water piping feeds the variable air volume and the fan coil units. There are several plumbing systems: underground sanitary and storm water, roof leader piping, acid waste and vent.

Category: Education
Project Title: Dysart Elementary School
Project Designation: CMR, Education
Owner: Dysart Unified School District #89
General Contractor: Sundt Construction
Architect: Gilleland/Brubaker
Engineer: Durand, Hillis, Mouw, Woods, LLC

Dysart Elementary School

Project Description: Midstate Mechanical was selected to provide mechanical services for the new Dysart Elementary School. This is the fifth elementary school awarded to Midstate in the Dysart School district in last three years. The ability to meet the accelerated schedule and extensive successful history were determining factors in selecting Midstate. The $1.4 million mechanical project included a full central plant. The fast-track 92,000 square foot 2-story project was completed in 6 months.

Category: Education
Project Title: Holbrook Unified School District K-12
Project Designation: Education Projects
Owner: Holbrook Unified School District
General Contractor: Holbrook Unified School District
Architect: Intellichoice Energy
Engineer: Intellichoice Energy

Holbrook Unified School District K-12

Project Description: Midstate Mechanical was selected for upgrading the HVAC equipment at three schools in the Holbrook School District. There were roof top gas heaters and evaporative coolers for the classrooms, and the District wanted to upgrade to mechanical cooling and new heating systems. Because of the low power consumption on the heater and evaporative cooling combination, the upgrade to mechanical cooling was a challenge to the electrical systems of the buildings involved as the mechanical cooling systems would involve much higher power consumption.

Midstate chose to install the Nextaire / Diakin system that is provided by Intellichoice. This system is a variable refrigerant system that uses a condenser section, the Nextaire part of the system, which is driven by an automotive engine that burns natural gas. This 15 ton condenser will run consuming approximately 10 amps of power compared to 70 – 80 for a standard electric compressor system. This condenser is paired with Diakin indoor air handling equipment. The Diakin units come in many different configurations, and the cassette type is the most energy efficient as it uses a DC voltage motor. This allows for speed control and lower amp consumption. Midstate installed this system at 3 school sites; Park Elementary 18 classrooms – 18 air handlers and three 15 ton condensers, Junior High Bldg A 11 classrooms – 11 air handlers and two 15 ton condensers, and High School Bldg S 4 classrooms – four air handlers and one 8 ton condenser.