RUTGERS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
Built in the mid 1800's, Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church has has been listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Due to the regular wear on the church as the site for the Catholic community and the Rutger's University Catholic Student Organization, Saint Peter's Church was in great need of renovating and updating various systems within the church.
CLIENT: ST. PETER'S CHURCH
LOCATION: NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
COMPLETION YEAR: 2014
DISCIPLINE: RELIGIOUS CENTER
Crane Associates, PC worked with the Saint Peter's Church to design and install systems that met the historical site architectural needs and also functioned well with the unique parish schedule and simplicity required. The strict historical requirements, worship schedule, budget constraints and need for simple maintenance dominated the design approach. The team decided to phase the project because of funding. It had an outdated and failing heating system consisting of a gas fired steam boiler plant and steam radiators throughout the church and basement that needed to be replaced. Additionally, the church was not designed with any air-conditioning system and had very little space for a conventional system. Crane surveyed the site and completed an HVAC study before designing a heating/cooling and ventilation plan to meet the church's needs.
Heating System Design & Upgrade
Crane consulted with the Church's administrative personnel regarding the heating design and worked closely with them to manage the construction process. The old steam boiler was replaced with a new hot water boiler. The steam radiators inside the church were also replaced. New piping and insulation for new fin tube and fan coils were installed.
Cooling Design & Upgrade
The greater challenge came with designing a cooling system for a building that was not originally built to allow for a this space. With a limited area and the necessity to adhere to stringent historical guidelines, the architectural and engineering designs were highly detailed. Crane carefully crafted a plan to meet the Church's needs and stayed within budget. New cabinets and covers were also installed to match existing wood in church.
Electrical Design & Upgrades
Upon completing of the new HVAC , the existing electrical equipment needed to be upgraded in order to best service the new heating and cooling systems.
The team also provided environmental abatement services to address the asbestos concern around the Church and Rectory. Crane managed the construction of the project and participated in project discussion and meetings to ensure the project stayed on time and budget.