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Erie Federal Building & Courthouse
The 150,000 SF Erie Federal Building complex occupies an entire city block. The courthouse complex chilled water plant consists of two 250-ton water-cooled chillers that supplies chilled water to all five of the complex structures. The electrical distribution system includes a new electrical service to the annex building and, in turn, power is distributed from in the mechanical penthouse on top of the new annex. These units serve the existing courthouse, the courthouse annex, the Baker Building, and the connector link. The air handling units are located in the basement of the buildings and in the mechanical penthouse on top of the new annex. The existing Library was treated separately with the exception of being served by the central heating and cooling plants.
Other key features of the project include:
- Phasing of construction to allow the courthouse functions to continue while the construction was underway
- Sustainability and energy efficiency features including lighting fixtures, mechanical equipment, refrigerant type, HVAC and electrical controls, etc. were all selected using energy efficiency as one of the highest priorities
- Life safety systems including fire alarm, fire protection and egress/ exit lighting were integrated into both existing and new portions of the complex without detracting the historic fabric and new architectural finishes