Congregation Beth Tefilah, Newark, NJ

Client:  Congregation Beth Tefilah
Architect: Buckman Architetcural Group
Work Scope: Fire Protection

This project is a renovation of an approximately 6,000 gross square foot former house of worship located in the Iron Bound section of Newark. The beautifully crafted wood-paneled sanctuary space was mostly preserved. AEP was hired to design a full wet-type sprinkler system for the building. Special consideration was given for the protection of the precious scrolls found in the sanctuary. A Single Interlock Pre-Action Electric Release system was chosen as the basis for the design. In this system water is kept out of the sprinkler piping until both an electric detecting device (smoke detector) and a sprinkler have been activated. This design protects against leaks in the sprinkler pipe and accidental activation of the sprinkler heads. The system includes an electric supervised system of low air pressure in the piping system. The Single Interlock Pre-Action System admits water into the sprinkler piping only when both the detection device and the supervised systems simultaneously signal the control panel to trigger the solenoid valve. An anti-flooding feature is provided by utilizing an in-line check valve, which creates an intermediate vented chamber using a Normally Open drip-check.

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Mountainside Racquet Club, Mountainside, NJ

Client:  Mountainside Racquet Club
Architect:  Gregory Ralph Architect
Work Scope: Mechanical -HVAC, Electric, and Plumbing design

The project involved the renovation of the club member facility which is an approximately 30 feet by 120 feet core within an indoor tennis court structure. AEP designed and specified new HVAC equipment and new plumbing for the renovated women’s and men’s locker rooms as well as new lobby areas. The AC systems are split systems with gas-fired furnaces and cooling coil sections. This project is on hold and has not been constructed.

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POE Yoga, Short Hills, NJ

Client: POE Yoga
Architect: Buchholz Architectural Group
Project Type: Mechanical HVAC, Electrical

POE Yoga is yoga studio and fitness facility offering among other classes, group yoga practice, and heavy bag workout programs. Among the varieties of yoga courses, POE Yoga offers Hot Yoga classes which involves group yoga practice in an environment of elevated temperature and controlled humidity levels. The challenge for AEP was to provide an HVAC system that would provide the required ventilation while producing very little to no noise, no drafts and work in conjunction with the ceiling-mounted electric radiant heating panels. The project involved the conversion of an approximately 6,000 gross square foot, 2-story standalone building which was previously a jewelry store into a Yoga Studio.  The scope of work shall consisted of Mechanical and Electrical design and limited construction administration services. The existing HVAC systems was utilized to the most practical extent possible with new air distribution ducting and hydronic piping to accommodate the new layout. Special attention was made to the client-specific temperature, ventilation and humidity requirements of the actual yoga facility and other rooms.

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