Greenland Awarded Task Order Contracts for VA Hospital Projects in Texas

Greenland Enterprises has been selected for two (2) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) with the Veterans Administration to provide general contracting services for multiple VA Medical Centers throughout the state of Texas.

These multi-year contracts enable Greenland to deliver complex mechanical/electrical infrastructure projects for VA hospitals across VISN 17 – representing VA Heath Care Networks in North, Central, South, Coastal Bend, and West Texas.  All projects will be performed in the unique and challenging environments inherent to healthcare, and delivery methods include both design-bid-build and design-build. Greenland was selected based on an in-depth evaluation of corporate capabilities, personnel experience, and customer testimonials.

Storm Considerations in Central Plant Construction

The 2017 Hurricane Season was particularly brutal to infrastructure in the south and Caribbean this year, highlighting the challenges that stem from flooding and high winds.  Too often, storm consideration is a small component of overall central plant construction – but as we’ve all seen lately, when serious storms arrive, the impact can be devastating. Continue reading

Alternatives to Traditional Central Plants for Critical Applications

An article in The Next Platform this month highlights a major IT project in Japan undertaken by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The project will build an Artificial Intelligence Bridging Cloud Infrastructure.  It’s a huge endeavor that will include 1,088 server nodes –requiring up to 3.25 megawatts of cooling capacity. Continue reading

Greenland Enterprises to Replace Six Critical Air Handling Units at Richmond Medical Center

HAMPTON, VA – Greenland Enterprises has been selected to replace six critical air handling units at the H.H. McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. The company was awarded the two projects based in large part on its expertise with complex, custom air handling solutions. Continue reading

Who Takes the Risk on Your Construction Project?

Any facilities director or CFO who has been involved in a construction project has concerns about cost overruns and budget pressures.  When performed independently, the disconnect between design and construction can often lead to schedule delays and change-orders.  Fortunately, we have seen an increasing trend of owners, facilities professionals and public agencies getting specialized expertise involved early in the scope and RFP (Request for Proposal) development process, which helps define the scope appropriately, and in doing so, reduce the potential for cost overruns. Continue reading

The Importance of Gearbox Engineering in Cooling Tower Installations

A recent article in Power Engineering International magazine raises a number of very valid points in cooling tower systems, particularly having properly engineered gear boxes to handle high heat, large fans and powerful motors. While the article is specific to industrial power plants, the approach is important no matter what the size of the cooling tower.

As the article states, “The speed reduction from gearboxes… optimizes the performance of the cooling tower fan. As fan diameters increase, the fan speed must decrease to maintain acceptable sound and vibration levels, as well as to ensure the structural integrity of the fan itself. Improper gearbox sizing as it relates to the motor and fan can result in excessive vibration, loud operation and structural damage to the tower.”

An experienced central utility plant design-build firm is aware of this and similar challenges posed by today’s systems, and specifies and installs equipment that has been designed to accommodate anticipated operating conditions. Too often, however, inexperienced construction firms simply do not have the expertise with critical system sub-components like cooling towers – and the sort of operational and maintenance considerations inherent to each. As we enter the heat of the season, this becomes even more apparent as facility directors try to balance efficiency, cooling capacity and system operational and maintenance needs.

If you are planning a cooling tower upgrade or replacement, make sure your contracting team has engineering expertise and experience with complex systems. Gearboxes for cooling towers are just one element of overall mechanical systems where specialized knowledge can pay big dividends and save money in the long run. If you have questions about your project, or just want to talk to a team of experts, get in touch with the Greenland Enterprises team.

You can read the full Power Engineering International article, here


The Unique Needs of Medical Center Mechanical Systems

Medical Center facility directors know that when it comes to mechanical systems in hospital environments, standard commercial systems aren’t enough.  Medical buildings and campuses require sophisticated, complex and redundant mechanical systems that are extremely reliable – while also providing the efficiencies necessary to control life-cycle cost. Continue reading

Greenland Enterprises to Install Generator System at Lebanon, PA VA Medical Center

HAMPTON, VA – Greenland Enterprises has been selected to install the infrastructure and equipment for a new generator system to serve the MRI/Radiology lab facility at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lebanon, PA. Greenland was selected for the $2.5M project through the VA’s qualifications-based competitive selection process, where emphasis is placed on a firm’s relevant expertise and record of similar successful projects. Continue reading

The Importance of Experience and Expertise

A recent article in the UK publication Modern Building Services magazine provides a clear illustration of why experience and expertise is important in utility plant design and construction.  The article describes a project that replaced eight chillers on the roof of a BBC building, which would not be particularly noteworthy – except for the fact that the chillers failed prematurely due to being installed in an area that restricted critical airflow. Continue reading