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Huntsville, AL

This project included MEP, FP and IT, as well as Process Mechanical and Electrical Design services for two buildings joined by a connecting administrative office totaling approximately 400,000 SF. ICT was responsible for generating design drawings and specifications to assist the general contractor in constructing the building shell and internal infrastructure to support the owners process requirements. 

The project included two separated compressed air plants that serviced the tow-tape and fiber facilities respectively. The tow-tape plant included two (2) 350 HP Oil-free rotary screw, water-cooled, air compressors with provisions for a third future 350 HP air compressor of similar make and model.  Each air compressor in the tow-tape plant was also paired with a 1500 scfm heated blower desiccant dryer system, filters, and BACnet based controls system. The fiber plant included two (2) 100 HP two stage rotary screw, water-cooled, air compressors. Each air compressor in the fiber plant was also paired with a 500 scfm heated blower desiccant dryer system, filters and BACnet based controls system. The primary compressed air piping systems were designed and coordinated with the process requirements. The tow-tape plant consists of an 8” compressed air header that is distributed out to the process areas, and the fiber plant consists of a 3” compressed air header.

The project consisted of designing exterior tank farms for flammable and combustible liquids which were also regulated by the OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. ICT helped the Owner by designing the campus pipe routing such that periodic non-destructive ultrasonic thickness testing of piping (required by the PSM mechanical integrity subpart) could be more easily accomplished.

ICT provided codes review services for a process building which would have required explosion relief panels to vent potential deflagrations. Through our guidance, the Owner was able to implement a performance-based design alternative which allowed the hazards to be managed by administrative procedures. We provided explosion venting calculations for a second building which required explosion venting panels at all four exterior walls to relieve pressure from a potential explosion.

Our work in providing guidance with the design principles associated with Process Safety Management of highly hazardous chemicals included assistance with Process Hazards Analyses (PHAs), Hazards and Operability Studies (HAZOPs), evaluation of Process Safety Information (PSI) and Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs).


400,000 SF


G. E. Aviation


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