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Installation of the pre-fabricated boiler-house for the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Center at Hines Veteran Administration of Joliet, measuring 47-feet long by 20-feet wide by 13-feet tall, one of Metropolitan’s largest housed system to date.

 

What started as an engineering and fabrication challenge for Metropolitan Industries, has turned into one of the largest housed systems we have produced in our 55 plus year history: A prefabricated boiler-house measuring 47-feet long by 20-feet wide by 13-feet tall and weighing almost 90,000 lbs.

Following months of arduous labor and immense preparation from the Metropolitan team, the modular central steam plant designed for the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Center at Hines Veterans Administration of Joliet, Ill. departed our facility and was placed in its permanent home.

Designed to provide steam and water utilities to a facility purchased by the Veterans Administration and located on the Old Silver Cross Hospital Campus in Joliet, mechanical division salesman Mike Temes described the project as “fast moving” and said Metropolitan wasn’t brought in on the project until the bidding process was nearly closed.  The short time frame from bidding the project to receiving the customer’s letter of intent required extensive planning amongst the many departments of our company.

“Once we came to the realization that we were a legitimate contender to receive this project, a meeting was conducted between our engineering, electrical, fabrication and sales staff to determine whether or not we could complete such an intricate job during the allotted time,” said Temes.  “From the start everyone involved in the project was extremely eager to help and provide support. These individuals were extremely supportive in the early process of this project and it could not have gotten off the ground without them.”

With a project integrating so many complex components, Temes said that both he and project engineer Neil Vogel relied heavily upon the expertise of Metropolitan’s staff for direction, and that the sacrifices exhibited were striking.

“This entire project has been a valuable exercise in teamwork and unity,” said Temes.  “As relatively new employees, Neil and I are novices in the design of prefabricated structures and relied greatly upon our co-workers for help.  Our staff members experienced in the design of these structures went above and beyond to assist us with this project, and the sacrifices made speaks volumes about the team atmosphere present here at Metropolitan.”

Among the many challenges faced throughout the project’s development, two particular challenges were overcome during the process.

“This structure is larger than what we could accommodate when it came to erecting the building within our facility,” said Vogel.  “Fortunately Metropolitan invested in the expansion of our warehouse doors, thus allowing us to complete almost all of the fabrication and wiring of the building indoors during the harsh winter months.”

He also cited the drawing and assembly of the structure as a demanding process for our engineering staff. The final submittals were extremely intricate, which required our engineering, fabrication and electrical staffs to pay very close attention to detail throughout the project’s construction.

The steam boilers for this project had the longest lead time of any equipment on this project.  For that reason we had to wait until the steam boilers were at our facility to start the majority of the structural fabrication.

“One of the most extraordinary aspects of this project is the fact that the majority of its construction has taken place over a 10 week period,” said Temes.  “We couldn’t order materials and put torch to metal until we received the approved submittals, and studied the precise specifications that the customer required.”

Due to the sheer size and weight of the building we needed to have the base design stamped by a professional structural engineer.

“The collaboration of efforts between Metropolitan’s sales, engineering, fabrication and electrical departments, the trucking company, and the crane operator, ultimately played the most prominent role in the installation’s success,” said  Metropolitan’s project engineer Neil Vogel.  “Transporting such a large structure from one site to another is no easy feat, but we were able to achieve positive results with the right team and strategy in place.”

Ushered by police escorts and accompanied by many Metropolitan personnel, the boiler-house was moved nearly 10 miles to the job site with complete ease, and the installation process began shortly thereafter.

The entire installation went as well as we had envisioned, and no issues were encountered throughout the process. Both the police escorts and the trucking company did a fabulous job of not only ensuring that the structure arrived safely, but did so in a timely manner. The entire installation was a valuable exercise in teamwork and everyone involved should be credited for its success.

In an effort to provide a cost effective benefit, the VA was able to officially disconnect its building from the original Silver Cross Hospital central loop and is now receiving its steam from the new modular central steam plant.

Project engineer Peter Papanikolaou of KJWW Engineering Consultants was pleased Metropolitan was ultimately brought in to contribute to the project and is satisfied with the end result.

“I was very familiar with the work Metropolitan had completed in regard to housed pumping stations, and was pleased to discover that they could engineer a sophisticated steam-based system like this,” said Papanikolaou.  “It was comforting working with a local organization, which ultimately helped everyone involved with the project.  Overall, I would describe Metropolitan as extremely professional and helpful during this entire venture.”

Officially disconnected from the original Silver Cross Hospital central loop, the VA is now receiving steam and water utilities from the Joliet Modular Central Steam Plant. (Interior View)

Officially disconnected from the original Silver Cross Hospital central loop, the VA is now receiving steam and water utilities from the Joliet Modular Central Steam Plant. (Interior View)

 

 

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LAARS products, including the 95-plus percent thermal efficient NeoTherm boiler, are now available from Metropolitan.

LAARS products, including the 95-plus percent thermal efficient NeoTherm boiler, are now available from Metropolitan.

 
Metropolitan Industries is pleased to announce it has reached mutual agreements with LAARS Heating Systems Company and M&G DuraVent on the representation and distribution of the LAARS and DuraVent product lines. Metropolitan will represent LAARS in northwest Indiana, northern and central Illinois, and all of Missouri.

A subsidiary of the Bradford White Corporation, LAARS specializes in high-efficiency residential and commercial boilers, combination boilers, water heaters and pool heaters. LAARS offers a full line of residential and commercial products designed to fit a variety of applications.

A member of the M&G Group, DuraVent has consistently been recognized as innovators in the venting industry. DuraVent venting products and related accessories are engineered to provide safe and high-quality performances in residential and commercial uses.

“The partnerships we have established with both LAARS Heating Systems Company and DuraVent illustrate our dedication to expanding our capabilities to serve more diverse customer needs than ever before,” said John Kochan Jr., President of Metropolitan Industries. “Both LAARS and DuraVent have displayed a strong commitment to adjusting to industry standards to ultimately provide technologically-advanced and superior equipment. We believe these partnerships with benefit all involved in the short and long-term futures.”

Metropolitan customers now have access to a new line of boilers, water heaters and combination units.

 
Metropolitan Industries, Inc. is officially a representative of LAARS® Heating Systems Company, giving us a new line of residential and commercial boilers, water heaters and combination units.

LAARS® regional manager Van Culberson has held training at Metropolitan on separate occasions over the past month to ensure Metropolitan’s sales and service divisions are fully equipped with the information needed to maximize the partnership and best serve customers.

“This partnership will give Metropolitan access to our full line of residential and commercial products, which can be used in a variety of ways,” said Culberson. “We have units sized from 50,000 BTUs all the way up to 2.4 million BTUs that can be used in residential, commercial and industrial applications.”

Residential products include boilers, water heaters and combination heaters for indoor use.

“Some of our offerings on the residential side include our Mini-Therm gas-fired hydronic boiler and Endurance combination boiler, which are both 85 percent AFUE rated products,” said Culberson. “Another exciting item is our NeoTherm water heater, which is 95 percent efficient in operation and sized for both residential and commercial uses.”

Products such as the 95 percent efficient NeoTherm are now available from Metropolitan.

 
Commercial products include an assortment of boilers and water heaters for indoor and outdoor uses.

Much like residential merchandise, commercial systems are energy-efficient and sized to meet a number of challenges.

Culberson said company structure, customer service and an array of products help LAARS® distinguish itself from others within the marketplace.

“Today, customers require instantaneous solutions and at LAARS®, we can provide them,” said Culberson. “We operate in a flat company structure which ultimately allows us to service customers in an adept and timely fashion.”

Much like Metropolitan, LAARS® employs a full service department for premier reliability when issues arise.

“Our customer service is as good as, or even better than, anyone else,” said Culberson. “Our technical support, both pre and post-sale, is outstanding and we have full-time service managers that assist customers in remedying problems whenever they arise.”

Lastly, its full range of products and diverse uses give LAARS® the ability to service many needs.

“With products that range from 82 percent to 95 percent efficient and sized from 50,000 to 2.4 million BTUs, we’re able to serve a large market of customers and fill a wide range of needs,” Culberson said.

In regards to the partnership with Metropolitan, Culberson cited our company structure and personnel as primary factors as to why the joint venture makes sense for LAARS®.

“We can now develop packaged systems thanks to Metropolitan’s manufacturing abilities, which is something we’ve never had access to in the Chicagoland market,” said Culberson. “Metropolitan’s in-house service department is very beneficial to us as well. Keeping all capabilities under one roof makes servicing equipment efficient.”

Metropolitan president John Kochan Jr. believes the LAARS® line brings further diversity to Metropolitan and can allow our company to move into new markets when combined with our manufacturing, fabrication, sales and service departments.

“At Metropolitan, we’ve never been afraid to expand our horizons and we believe representing the LAARS® line can introduce us to new markets of customers,” said Kochan Jr. “The LAARS® line, combined with our manufacturing, fabrication, sales and service divisions, make us a good match.”

For more information regarding the LAARS® line please visit www.laars.com or contact a Metropolitan representative at 800-323-1665 or sales@metropolitanind.com.

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