Sacred Heart Schools
Academic & Arts Center
With a mission to educate their students in mind, body and spirit; and to be active, informed, and responsible global citizens while applying their knowledge in real world experiences, the Sacred Heart Schools embarked on a new journey of creating a new state-of-the-art, hands-on Academic Arts Building. This new 79,000 SF building is programmed to include new flex classrooms; a band, choral, dance wing; state-of-the-art innovation lab; ceramics studio; photography studio; TV and radio station; digital media classroom; administrative offices; flexible meeting spaces; and an outdoor amphitheater.
Silicon Valley Mechanical worked closely with XL Construction to ensure this center set a new standard for academic success. In order to keep the project delivery on schedule, SVM coordinated the BIM, released equipment early, prefabricated ductwork, piping, and skids, and installed everything in the basement before the structure was built. Additionally, SVM worked with the commissioning team to set up a Cx plan to ensure that the all the systems are working as designed and efficiently to make the overall building a success.
With energy efficiency at its peak in California, the mechanical system installed allows the energy used to heat or cool the building to be recovered by the heat pump and used for other processes – meaning the energy used to produce hot water can also be transferred to produce chilled water. The main heating and cooling loads will be handled by radiant floors with an estimated 44,000 SF of concrete slab with PEX tubing embedded in it. 6-way valves will deliver hot and chilled water to 44 radiant piping manifolds on-demand. This efficient system keeps the slab temperature constant the properties of the radiant system maintains an even comfortable temperature, even during the most extreme months of the year; effectively helping Sacred Heart Schools reach its target of a Net-Zero Energy Building.