John W. Danforth Company

University at Buffalo Spine HVAC Upgrade

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Owner: State University Construction Fund
Danforth’s Role: Mechanical Contractor
Contract Value: $4,735,653
Date Completed: December 2011

University at Buffalo North Campus - Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo North Campus - Buffalo, NY


UB North Campus Spine Mechanical Contract For HVAC Upgrade

This project consisted of renovation of three buildings at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. As the prime contractor, Danforth led a team of six subcontractors to complete the work. The goal of the project was to save energy by improving the efficiency of the existing systems. Some of the existing ductwork was reconfigured to accommodate VAV dampers. The objective was to convert a constant air volume system to a variable air volume system. This allows the system to respond to each area independently as it calls for heating and cooling, thereby reducing energy consumption.

In order to install the new dampers, the ceiling systems were removed and replaced upon project completion. The new ceilings were designed to reflect and not absorb light, and new lighting was installed with energy efficient ballasts and lamps. These resulted in better illumination and reduced energy consumption. The new ceilings also provided access to the once in-accessible ceiling space. Additionally, Danforth installed two new boilers in the Capen penthouse that fed three heating coils inside the air handling units.

Because many of the offices covered in the project were occupied during the day, most of the construction work was done between 4:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. An additional requirement was that each space needed to be left in a condition that is clean, functional, and can be occupied during the day. The project met all milestones as well as the client’s expectations.


University at Buffalo Spine HVAC Upgrade Project Case Study (235 KB)

University at Buffalo Spine HVAC Upgrade Project Case Study (235 KB)

This case study outlines work done at the University at Buffalo Spine Building, showcasing Danforth’s expertise in upgrading existing HVAC systems with a focus on improving energy efficiency.

University at Buffalo Spine HVAC Upgrade Project Case Study (235 KB)