IPEX Plenumline Acid Waste System helps North Carolina State University in Comprehensive Renovation

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North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. was founded in 1889 and currently enrolls close to 30,000 undergraduate students. Even from its historic beginning, this century old university has managed to remain 'modern1 in an effort to recruit the Nation's brightest minds.

Keeping with this trend, the Biology department recently expanded their facilities to match the rapidly increasing number of students and faculty that have joined their program. The biology department is largely housed in South Gardner Hall Laboratory Building; the location of the most recent modification on campus.

NC State University invested over $15 million on South Gardner Hall's 100,000 square foot comprehensive renovation. Contractors ABL & Associates, LLC, were given the responsibility of renovating the laboratory space for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as the modernization of the mechanical, electrical, lab systems, classes and office spaces.

As with any renovation, the existing systems needed to be evaluated and, if necessary, replaced. The previous chemical drainage piping system was constructed of glass. Besides being expensive, heavy, prone to breakage and difficult to install, glass systems also show the contents that run through them. This includes the 'cruel' build-up that occurs during years of operation. Understanding the downfall of glass, ABL's Sam Lampuri and site superintendent, Perry Misko, requested an alternative product be used in its place. Flame Retardant Polyvinylidenefluoride (FR PVDF) was determined to be a value engineered alternative to glass.

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