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Presque Isle Community Center
Presque Isle, Maine
Started: July 2015   Completed: October 2016
Cost: $1,000,000
Project Scope
This project consisted of a new construction, 32,000 Square-foot Community Center. ABM Mechanical provided design assistance with complete BIMM Coordination or three dimensional modeling of all infrastructure for clash detection. ABM was responsible for all Plumbing and HVAC Systems including above and below ground water distribution, sewer and storm drain piping systems. The HVAC System consisted of a McQuay Air Handling Unit, Multi-split Daikin Variable Refrigerant Flow Control (VRV) AC System, two Sterling Unit Heaters, one Mars Air Curtain Heater, three propane-fired Viessmann 200W Condensing Boilers, radiant in-floor piping systems, nine Grundfos Pumps, Xetex Heat Recovery Unit and Daikin Air Handling Units, associated piping, manifolds, ductwork and accessories.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: City of Presque Isle
General Contractor: Nickerson O’Day
Subcontractors: M&M Sheet Metal, Damon Insulation, Final Draft CAD and Maine Controls
Husson University Town House Village
Husson University
Started: November 2016   Completed: June 2017
Cost: $820,000
Project Scope
This project consists of three, two-story town houses for student housing. Each town house has six units with four bedrooms and one common area. ABM is responsible for all domestic water, sewer, drain and refrigerant piping and HVAC Systems. Heat and Cooling is provided using Mitsubishi Multi-zone Hyper Heat Pumps, ductless wall mounted units, Greenheck Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Unit and associated ductwork. Each bedroom and common area has a ductless wall mounted unit. Bathrooms are heated using electric baseboard radiators.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: Husson University
General Contractor: JF Scott Construction
Subcontractors: MHR Sheet Metal, Damon Insulation, Yankee Balancing

Special Project Considerations
Winter working conditions and a tight schedule made this project more challenging.
Colby College - Grossman Hall Renovation and Addition
Waterville, Maine
Started: July 2016   Completed: May 2017
Cost: $600,000
Project Scope
This project consisted of a new addition and complete renovation of the existing Grossman Hall. ABM Mechanical provided design assistance with complete BIMM Coordination or three dimensional modeling of all infrastructure for clash detection. ABM was responsible for all Plumbing and HVAC Systems including a new water distribution, sewer and storm drain piping systems. We installed new main and branch pipelines and performed exterior tie-ins, as required. Heating and cooling is provided using two systems. The primary system is a Mitsubishi City Multi Heat Pump System with four condensers and multiple fan coil units with reheat coils. The second system is a Campus Supplied Steam System and includes a heat exchanger, architectural featured Fintube Radiation System and circulator pumps for hot water supply to reheat coils, unit heaters and Fintube baseboard. Additionally, we rebuilt the steam entrance, installed a complete Digital Data Control (DDC) System, 80 gallon water heater and elevator sump pump with an oil monitor control system.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: Colby College
General Contractor: Consigli
Subcontractors: S&D Sheet Metal, Damon Insulation, Yankee Balancing

Special Project Considerations
Special considerations include construction on an active campus involving communication with students and college staff. The space constraints of the old building made layout and coordination with other trades a challenge.
Mildred L. Day School
Arundle, Maine
Started: March 2016   Completed: October 2016
Cost: $800,000
Project Scope
ABM Provided Plumbing and HVAC systems for the new addition along with renovation to the existing school building.
The Domestic Water Distribution System is supplied by an on-site fresh water well. Domestic water enters the building and is stored in a storage tank and then the pressure is increased by the use of booster pumps to supply water to the plumbing fixtures and equipment. Domestic hot water is heated by a liquid propane (LP) Gas Fired Water Heater. A Soil Gas Removal System was installed under the slab and vented through the roof with exhaust fans. Heating is provided by two Buderus Boilers. Heated hot water is supplied to Air Handling Units, Variable Air Volume Units (VAV), Radiant Ceiling Panels, Fin Tube Radiation, Cabinet Unit Heaters and radiant in-floor heat. Air conditioning and ventilation is provided through Air Handling Units with a roof mounted Condensing Unit. Air distribution is accomplished through duct work with the use of VAV’s, Registers, Grilles and Diffusers. IT Rooms are cooled by Ductless Mini-split Heat Pump Cooling Units.

Some of the Equipment Installed:

Buderus Boilers Equipped with Webster Burners, 1580 MBH
Air Handling Unit, 283,608 BTU/HR
Condensing Unit, 444,800 BTU/HR
Mini-Split Heat Pump Unit, 30 MBH
Base Mounted Circulation Pump, 180 GPM
Soil Gas Exhaust Fan with up to 650 CFM and Alarm

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: RSU-21
General Contractor: PC Construction Company
Subcontractors: Portland Insulation and Cote Crane

Special Project Considerations
Some of the project was completed while school was in session.
Wentworth Intermediate School
Scarborough, Maine
   Completed: June 2014
Cost: $4,810,000.00
Project Scope
ABM Mechanical, Inc. provided plumbing & HVAC systems for the brand new Benjamin F. Wentworth Intermediate School in Scarborough, Maine.

The heating and cooling at Wentworth Intermediate School consists of 14 McQuay Air Handler Units, 11 McQuay Water Source Heat Pumps, two Viessmann Boilers, and eight Daikin Ductless Air Conditioners. A complete geothermal system is used in sequence with the 11 water source heat pumps to heat and cool the entirety of the building. There are also eight Viessmann solar panels that are mounted on the roof to provide all of the domestic hot water for the entire facility. The new school also has a state of the art kitchen facility. ABM Mechanical, Inc. provided and installed four kitchen hoods with a fire suppression system to ventilate the equipment supplied by Arthur C. Dudley Contractor/Building Inc.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: City of Scarborough
General Contractor: Arthur C. Dudley Contractor/Builder, Inc.
Subcontractors: Hi-Tech Insulation Services, Central City Sheet Metal & Maine Controls
Bar Harbor Holy Redeemer Church Heating System Renovation
Bar Harbor, Maine
Started: August 2016   Completed: December 2016
Cost: $86,500
Project Scope
This project consisted of the removal of two existing steam boilers, radiators, piping and trim and installation of two new oil-fired hot water Buderus Boilers and hydronic baseboard heating system throughout the church. We also lined the chimney and insulated all the heating system pipes.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Boiler and Heating System Replacement
Owner: Bar Harbor Holy Redeemer Church
General Contractor: None
Subcontractors: None
University of Maine Nutting Hall Energy Improvements
Orono, Maine
   Completed: October 2012
Cost: $511,000.00
Project Scope
Nutting Hall is a two story lecture hall facility at the University of Maine. ABM added 40 heating zones to the hot water system, provided and installed new circulator pumps with variable frequency drives (VFDs), installed new control valves to the existing steam equipment, installed new DDC controls for all the new and existing equipment and installed a new 12 ½ ton Trane rooftop unit with reheat coils to provide cooling for the entire facility.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: University of Maine
General Contractor: Consigli Construction Co.
Subcontractors: MHR Sheet Metal Contractors, Damon Insulation & IB Controls
Madison High School Geothermal Renovations
Madison, Maine
   Completed: September 2012
Cost: $851,000.00
Project Scope
ABM Mechanical provided renovations to the existing school to deliver a more reliable, efficient geothermal heating system. Upon designing the new geothermal system, ABM provided and installed a total of 28 Change’ Air classroom unit ventilators, two ClimateMaster water to water heat pumps, seven ClimateMaster water to air heat pumps and three Viessmann Vitodens 200-W boilers. The classroom unit ventilators distribute heating and cooling through newly installed ductwork and ceiling diffusers. This air distribution increases the circulation of heated or cooled air in each classroom and utilizes the quieter unit ventilator.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: HVAC and General Contractor
Owner: MSAD #59
General Contractor: ABM Mechanical, Inc.
Subcontractors: Twin City Sheet Metal, Carmel Electric & Ilina Engineering, PA

Special Project Considerations
Project timeframe was to complete all classroom work during the summer when school was not in session.
Madawaska MS/HS HVAC Renovations
Madawaska, Maine
   Completed: September 2012
Cost: $1,560,000.00
Project Scope
The work on this project consisted of removal of existing steam heating systems and equipment, and conversion of existing steam heating systems to hot water. Additional upgrades included the installation of a new Viessmann oil fired boiler and distribution systems, heating pumps and hydronic accessories, classroom unit ventilators, heating terminals, ventilation air systems, fuel oil day tank and distribution systems, metal chimney liner, upgrades to existing gymnasium and cafeteria heating and venting units, DDC controls system, solar heating system and accessories. The renovation work also included the tie in of with existing biomass heating plant system currently under construction. Work also included suspended acoustical ceiling repair/replacement, floor finish repair, painting, and associated patching and repair.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: General Contractor
Owner: Madawaska School Department
Subcontractors: Damon Insulation, IB Automated Controls, Central City Sheetmetal, County Electric, NicCait Construction, Yankee Balancing, Kevin W. Smith & Son Roofing

Special Project Considerations
Due to the large extent of the work on this project being mechanical in nature, ABM Mechanical served as the general contractor. This required ABM to be responsible for the maintaining the overall project schedule. Because the work consisted of renovations to a school, the project timeframe was limited to the length of summer vacation. Despite the tight project timeframe ABM finished the project in time for the school to resume in September.
Hampden Academy - Phase II
Hampden, Maine
   Completed: July 2012
Cost: $4,900,000.00
Project Scope
ABM Mechanical, Inc. provided plumbing & HVAC systems for the brand new state of the art 184,000 sq. ft. high school.

The HVAC System at Hampden Academy is a complete geothermal system consisting of 156 bore holes, with 12 inch mains coming in from the bore field to the new facility. The heating and cooling is provided through 30 water to water heat pumps, 9 McQuay air handlers, and 13 water to air heat pumps. The entire building is air conditioned through the use of the geothermal system. The three story classroom wing is utilizing heat recovery wheels and air handlers which are located in two mechanical rooms in that wing. The new theatre in the facility seats approximately 800 people and is fully air conditioned. The state of the art gymnasium has ventilation and air conditioning installed by ABM as well. At the front entrance of the building, there is a snow melt system that melts off any snow accumulation. There is also a full kitchen with brand new state of the art equipment provided by the General Contractor J&J, and installed by ABM. There are 30 Buderus solar panels located on the gymnasium roof which provide all of the domestic hot water for the entire facility. This project was a LEEDs project.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: Town of Hampden
General Contractor: J& J Contractors
Subcontractors: Damon Insulation, Twin City Sheet Metal, Honeywell, Maine Air Balance
SAD #74 Anson Schools Pellet Project
Anson & North Anson, Maine
   Completed: October 2011
Cost: $390,400.00
Project Scope
Renovation of all three schools boiler rooms to replace some oil heating capacity with OkoFEN Pellet Fired Boilers and equipment. A total of seven pellet boilers, with fuel handling systems for each of the three school locations were added. We also removed the old boilers and relocated new boilers from other schools to replace 80% or more of the schools oil consumption. This approach allowed a faster payback and also had the advantage of providing modernization of equipment and a back-up fuel source. Many other system upgrades were part of this project as well.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: General Contractor, Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: Cordjia (Owner Representative)
General Contractor: ABM Mechanical, Inc.
Subcontractors: Maine Energy Systems, Damon Insulation, Maine Air Balance, Twin City Sheet Metal & Ilina Engineering

Special Project Considerations
This project had to be started and completed while the students were away on summer break. The high school required a complete boiler room renovation that included three new pellet boilers, new boiler stack, abatement and removal of the old boilers, installation of a relocated oil boiler, installation of new hot water tanks, and many other improvements.
The middle school required the removal of a 5000 gallon oil tank enclosed in a vaulted space in the building. We turned this space into storage for the new pellet storage systems and added additional storage space for the school.
We accomplished additional energy savings by automation to completely isolate the oil fired boilers when they are not needed to eliminate off cycle losses.
Husson Meeting House
Bangor, Maine
   Completed: November 2010
Cost: $1,600,000.00
Project Scope
This project consisted of construction of a brand new office and student center, along with the new Gracie Theatre. Plumbing, heating and air conditioning was installed throughout the entire building. The Gracie Theatre supporting staff offices are heated and cooled by a Daikin Variable Refrigerant System. The classrooms and offices portion are heated and cooled by air handlers with a VAV System. The boiler room contains two Buderus Cast Iron Commercial Boilers with dual fuel burners. The plumbing system is composed of low consumption water flow fixtures. This project was a LEEDs project.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: Plumbing & HVAC Systems
Owner: Husson University
General Contractor: Nickerson & O’Day, Inc.
Subcontractors: Twin City Sheet Metal, Siemens, Maine Air Balance, Damon Insulation

Special Project Considerations
During the project construction ABM installed radiant tubing in the concrete with a temporary boiler hook-up so the General Contractor could pour concrete during the winter months.
Foxcroft Academy Dormitories
Dover Foxcroft, Maine
   Completed: September 2010
Cost: $216,300.00
Project Scope
ABM Mechanical, Inc. was hired to install many high efficiency Fujitsu multi-zone air conditioning and heat pump systems in the new dormitories at Foxcroft Academy. Installation of these units consisted of one in every dorm, one in every apartment, and the systems were also installed in the common areas as well. The project had to be completed while the students were away on summer vacation. It was successfully completed on time and on budget, with no negative impact upon the new building.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: General Contractor, Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: MSAD 68
Engineer: Scott Simon’s Architects

Specail Project Considerations
ABM Mechanical, Inc. was presented with the issue of how to conceal refrigeration condensate and electrical lines without having a negative impact on the new building’s aesthetics. ABM Mechanical was able to accomplish this successfully by concealing the refrigeration condensate and electrical lines through ceiling modifications in existing soffits.
Corinna Elementary & Hartland Consolidated School Renovations
Corinna & Hartland, Maine
   Completed: July 2009
Cost: $900,000.00
Project Scope
The work performed in each facility included a complete renovation of the plumbing, mechanical, electrical, lighting, and fire safety systems. This work included the installation of ducted ventilation systems with integrated heat recovery units. The existing steam boiler was converted to hydronic hot water heating. The DDC controls system was expanded and upgraded to incorporate the new equipment. All of the lighting and electrical feeds in the facility were upgraded and included new controls. To complete the renovation, new ceilings and lighting fixtures were added.

Project Team
ABM’s Role: General Contractor, Plumbing & HVAC
Owner: RSU #18
Subcontractors: Hampden Electric, Sprinkler Systems Inc., Damon Insulation, Twin City Sheetmetal, Siemens Controls, Maine Air Balance

Special Project Considerations
Because this project consisted mainly of renovations to the plumbing and mechanical systems, ABM Mechanical served as the general contractor. In this capacity ABM was responsible for all coordination and phasing to complete the project in the tight timeframe allowed.
EMCC Dormitory
Bangor, Maine
   Completed: Spring 2007
Cost: $1,300,000.00
Project Scope
Construction of 161 bed four story dormitory consisting of two bed room suites and individual toilet facilities. ABM Mechanical’s responsibility was to assist the design team throughout the design process, provide detailed budgetary pricing and complete construction of the heating ventilation, cooling, and plumbing systems for the dormitory.


Project Team
ABM's Role: Performed all the mechanical contract requirements
Owner: EMCC
General Contractor: Pizzagalli Construction
Subcontractors: Twin City Sheet Metal, Damon Insulation, Maine Controls