The Problem: Hamilton Hall is a ten building dormitory located on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. As a result of more than 30 years of constant use by housing students and guests throughout the years, the aggressive water supply from the city had taken its toll on the original galvanized piping in the buildings. While the cold piping was still in serviceable condition, the hot piping and recirculation lines were suffering from the effects of impaired flow and discoloration due to internal corrosion.
The Problem: The Zela Davis School is a multi building facility built in the 1940s. The domestic water system was primarily galvanized with some copper updates. The piping system was failing with copper pipe pinhole leaks, rusty water and the problem of reduced flow. Excessive costs associated with a repipe included temporary closure of the school, student relocation, asbestos removal and wall repair. All of this would place considerable strain on the school budget. The short-term copper repiping repair undertaken by the school was to “band-aid” the pipes.
The Problem: You are the Director of Public Works and your Maintenance Director for the school district has been telling you that the District’s main middle school facility has a failing piping system. The school is a 2 level full facility building servicing around 400 students and was constructed in 1968 with an addition in 1988.