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Water Distribution & Treatment Upgrade at the Madison VA

The Great Lakes Acquisition Center requested design and engineering services of Nagel Architects + Engineers to upgrade the water distribution system at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. The projects goal was to meet the VHA Directive 1061, Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Legionella Disease and Scald Injury from Potable Water Distribution Systems.

The design work consisted of documenting the original 1949 Buildings 1, 5 & 6 distribution system and  establishing an entirely new water system.   Every part of the system was impacted, the campus water intake is now continuously monitored and all plumbing fixture will receive mixing valves to prevent scalding from the new 140⁰F hot water distribution system.

Within the 500,000 sf included in the project scope, one particular challenge was that Building 1 has remained largely untouched since 1949.  Despite having received fair number of additions and small renovations throughout its history.  The solution was to systematically retain the value of recent renovations while inserting the new system to create an ideal solution for Building 1.

An estimated 60,000 linear feet of pipe is masterplanned to be removed and replaced within a budget of $4,950,000, resulting in limited dead end water flows, and providing a system that puts veterans health first and foremost. Nagel Architects + Engineers is grateful to have partnered with William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in designing holistically for the long term future of their care environment and those it serves.

Ring & DuChateau, located in Brookfield, WI, was also instrumental in designing this project.


GLAC Selects Nagel for Energy Reduction Project

Nagel Architects + Engineers is pleased to be awarded a new contract by the Great Lakes Acquisition Center to reduce energy consumption and improve the existing mechanical system at the Madison Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Once complete, the VA anticipates a reduction in their energy consumption in addition to accurately control the HVAC systems to provide a comfortable and stable environment for staff and clients.
Following congress’ goals towards reducing energy consumption in the US, the Madison VAMC is seeking to reduce energy waste while improving the building environment. Strategies being considered include:

  • Air handling unit upgrades which include new variable frequency drives to control airflow.
  • Replacing all controls, sensors, and motorized devices to digital controls compatible with the existing building automation system.
  • Update lighting controls for parking areas that will operate in response to natural light and time-clock function.
  • Replace the existing and outdated district steam heating system with new state of the art high efficiency boilers and variable speed hot water distribution system.
  • Upgrade and replace existing perimeter fan coil units along building perimeter rooms.
  • Update and replace existing controls for air and water distribution systems to digital controls compatible with the building automation system.