The Water Street Mission has been a fixture in the Lancaster, Pa. area since 1905. Over the course of 111 years, this Christian mission has grown and expanded on its core purpose by providing spiritual guidance, food, shelter, healthcare, and rehabilitation services to adults, teens, and children in the Lancaster area whose lives have been afflicted by poverty and homelessness.
In recent years, Water Street was feeling a need for updates of their nearly 30-year old facility, particularly the busy kitchen and dining area, which prepared and served three meals each day, every day of the year. The teams worked around the clock for an entire week to complete this “Mission Makeover” on time.
Warfel Construction and Haller Enterprises headed the project; four months of planning and designing meetings ensured that a project that would’ve normally taken six weeks to complete was condensed down to just one. Roughly 60 people were onsite at any given time, making for a total of 10,080 human hours on the project.
The existing kitchen space was not cooled and was very poorly heated. To remedy installed a new 12.5-ton outdoor rooftop gas/electric unit on the roof. The main problem with this solution was that the roof was two stories above the ground floor kitchen and those floors above the kitchen were currently finished off spaces. Structurally the building had to inspected to make sure the roof could handle the additional load of this equipment.
Structural design was completed and approved location on the roof where the equipment could set was selected. Because of this location it required the relocation of many sanitary drain and water lines and electrical conduits so we could run new supply and return ductwork from the rooftop unit location to a location where we could go down through the building. The floors were cut open and joists headed off so new ductwork could make its way from the roof, to the existing kitchen ceiling on the ground floor. This also required us to fire proof the openings so fire ratings in the building could be maintained. To conceal the ductwork on the ground floors, stud and drywall partitions were built around the ductwork to hide them.
It is an integral part of Haller’s mission to enrich the lives of not only their employees and customers, but also the communities they serve.
Once the ductwork was in the kitchen ceiling, many coordination meetings and drawing overlays were done to determine how all this ductwork and the kitchen hood exhaust and make up air ductwork could fit in the same limited ceiling space. With proper coordination and cooperation of all trades ductwork mounting heights and locations were figured out before actual construction started.
Prior to the renovations the kitchen was not cooled and inadequate makeup air was being introduced to the building which created a slight negative pressure in the space. With the renovations the opportunity was taken to add cooling and more efficient heating system to the kitchen areas by installing the new rooftop unit. The kitchen hood was also replaced by the food service contractor and new exhaust and heated make up units were installed by them.
The Haller team’s responsibility was to provide 20% of that makeup air in through our new rooftop unit and introduce that air directly into the kitchen space. This still allowed the hood to be on a negative pressure to prevent cooking smokes form entering into the kitchen area and to also keep the entire space on an equal pressure.
The job schedule became an obstacle for everyone involved. Because of the public’s need for the facility, they could not be shut down for long periods of time. Therefore, the challenge was given to the construction team to take a typical six-week schedule and condense it into one week.
The solution to this was to come up with a detailed hourly schedule with crews working for seven days at 24 hours per day. The construction team met many times during the four-month lead up to the project. Those meetings were to coordinate time frames and to make sure all phases of construction were placed in the correct order and to also push out any concerns of potential problems the team could think of.
There were zero accidents and zero OSHA reportings during the week as well. Even when the teams ran into minor issues along the way, the thorough planning ahead of time made it easy to make good decisions on the fly and keep moving forward.
Perhaps the work performed in the renovation was fairly standard- updated kitchen appliances, plumbing and electrical fixtures, a new A/C system- but what is extraordinary is how the companies were inspired to come together in support of such a worthy cause.
It is an integral part of Haller’s mission to enrich the lives of not only their employees and customers, but also the communities they serve. Haller will continue to align themselves with organizations such as Water Street Mission who share the same commitment to service and charity.
The Water Street Mission, Lancaster, PA
General contractor: Warfel construction
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Warfel Construction and Haller Enterprises completed this project for the Water Street Mission in the Lancaster, Pa.
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