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foundation wall without impacting the functionality of the data center. The expanded first floor included the creation of new meeting and conference rooms, as well as the expansion and renovation of the entire lobby.

As an energy company, UGI is extremely focused on energy-efficient and ‘green’ systems. Working with BELFOR LEED-certified professionals and a UGI LEED architect, they were able to certify that the building was green compliant. In 2008, UGI had created a team to develop a sustainability strategy for the company’s domestic operations. They wanted to ensure that green energy concepts were an integral part of their company culture. The rebuild allowed them to ensure that the building would meet many of these goals.

Damaged façade

x 2.44 meters of steel tubing was attached to the modified steel structure to support the new granite panels. The granite was quarried in Norway and the panels were constructed in a shop in Lancaster, Pa. The use of the pre-fabricated panels enabled BELFOR to maintain the quality of the panels and save valuable time in the process.

Part of the reconstruction also involved extending the first floor to match the dimensions of the upper floors. BELFOR increased the first floor footprint from 24.38 meters x 54.86 meters to 30.48 meters x 60.96 meters, providing UGI with an additional 142.24 square meters. This required the excavation of the entire perimeter and removing the existing foundation. An additional challenge involved protecting the integrity of the existing fiber-optic line that fed the functioning data center. The solution involved running a redundant fiber-optic line to replace the original one, allowing the team to excavate and pour the new footers and perimeter

Careful records were kept throughout the reconstruction for the LEED process. Over 50% of the wood used in the project was Forest Certified Stewardship (FCS), meaning that the wood came from forests specifically grown and maintained for harvest. Each piece of wood was stamped and required a chain of custody. Wood that was not FCS also had to be noted and logged. In addition, BELFOR used recycled steel, concrete and aluminum as part of the project.

Buttaro says the most challenging part of the project involved maintaining weather protection of the remaining interior finishes while sequencing and replacing the exterior façade of the building. He also says that the various aspects of the building turned out as anticipated, particularly the new façade. “This project confirmed that anything is possible when everyone works together and keeps their commitments,” he said.

The project was recently selected as the winner of the 2012 RIA Phoenix Award for Restoration in Innovation. The Phoenix Awards recognize excellence throughout the restoration and reconstruction industries worldwide.

RIA Creates Fire Standards Projects like the UGI building frequently have heating and ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) systems impacted by the fire. The challenge arises when trying to determine how much of the system was affected by traveling particulate. A new U.S. standard provides some answers to those questions.

RIA recently completed its first standard recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The IESO/RIA 6001-2011 Evaluation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Interior Surfaces to Determine the Presence of Fire-Related Particulate as a Result of a Fire in a Structure was produced in conjunction with the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) and is the first ANSI-approved standard for IESO and RIA.

The RIA “Soot Standard” will be used in the field to help determine if fire-related residues have been deposited on HVAC interior surfaces. Char is used as the primary indicator and soot as the secondary indicator of fire- related particulate. The standard also requires the quantification of char or soot concentrations to allow comparisons with a control sample, since merely identifying the presence or absence of char is not sufficient. It does not determine what materials have been burned in the fire or what specific materials have been deposited on a surface. The Soot Standard can be purchased through the RIA online store at

RIA began work on the Soot Standard in 2009. Building on the science used in that standard, RIA is now working on a multi-component fire damage standard for the industry. The first two standards will be used to identify whether or not a structure and its contents have been impacted by fire particulate. The source could be inside of the structure, for example electrical or grease fire, or outside, for example wild fire, fire from an adjoining building. Specifics on how to clean buildings and contents will be addressed in subsequent standards, as will health and safety, and a number of other related topics.

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