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The Hill School Mechanical and Electrical Systems Improvements

Infrastructure upgrades meet current and future heating and cooling demands.
  • View of The Hill School’s campus - Gannett Fleming.

    An energy study led to upgrades of heating and cooling systems serving three major areas of the school's campus.

  • The design team used Revit® MEP software to create 3-D views of the complex piping-Gannett Fleming

    The new stream distribution system is expected to provide 80 years of service to The Hill School.

  • The Hill School Mechanical and Electrical Upgrades-Gannett Fleming

    The design team used Revit® MEP software to create 3-D views of the complex piping.

The Hill School

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Mechanical, Electrical, Construction Management, Building Information Modeling.

  • Infrastructure upgrades met budgetary constraints
  • Upgrades resulted in one-time electric rebate of $39,000
  • Cost-effective solutions keep operating and maintenance costs in check.

The Hill School, a preparatory boarding school, was founded in 1851 as The Family Boarding School for Boys and Young Men. The school enrolled 25 boys in its first year, and since then has increased annual enrollment to 500 boys and girls today. Throughout the years, the school has benefited from the foresight of its overseers and benefactors, whose innovations have kept the school’s infrastructure functioning dependably. But when the time came to update the school’s 57-year-old chillers and ice storage system, school leadership was challenged to find an approach that would enable the school to continue using its energy-efficient systems and keep within budgetary constraints.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming mechanical engineers solved these challenges by installing a new chilled water/ice storage system refrigerated by a new electric-driven air cooled chiller and a natural gas engine-driven chiller. The gas-driven chiller takes advantage of the natural gas supply already available on campus that can be run as needed during peak cooling periods without increasing electrical cost. This approach of using what the school already had for another purpose demonstrated the sustainable design principle of using “what is in your hand.” The use of a gas-driven chiller also minimizes additional electrical load, thereby eliminating the need to upgrade the utility service capacity on campus. The team replaced the steam distribution system, which is expected to provide approximately 80 years of service for the school.

Key Features

  • Heating and cooling systems improved
  • Additional electrical load avoided by using high efficiency equipment.

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