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When Training and Education Come Together: Barrhaven Elementary School

January 25, 2024 Viega
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Climate Works Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing based in Ottawa, Canada, recently completed work on a new elementary school in Barrhaven, outside of Ottawa. This new construction project serves students in grades K-5 and is scheduled to open in January, 2024. School construction projects often have tight timelines. They have set dates when they want to open and need to be able to accommodate school schedules, so for site superintendent Chris Gorman and operations manager Scott Clements, the answer was to use Viega.

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Climate Works Site Superintendent Chris Gorman had attended a Viega training earlier in the year and learned about Viega's engineering services and brought them in to do the initial layout for the plumbing fixtures for the 50,000 sq. ft. school. Gorman had those plans approved by the site engineer. Once the drawings were approved, Viega provided a full material list, giving Climate Works a bill of materials so they knew exactly what they needed to order.

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"Our plumbing supervisor brought Viega as a good option for the schools to save some time," said Clements. "Even if there are delays that are out of our hands, the completion date can't move, especially for a school. We needed something that would help us save on labor costs. With Viega, we were able to complete the project in less time and with the labor shortages in the trades, we could still do the work with a smaller crew."

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The single-story structure used approximately 815 ProPress fittings for domestic hot/cold water and 100 MegaPress fittings for gas piping. Fitting sizes ranged from 1/2" to 4". They also used ball valves, couplings, and tees.

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"We had worked with Viega a little bit before this project. We really noticed a difference in the speed factor, especially with the larger fittings. We also like Viega's warranty -- they stand behind their products," said Gorman.


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