VAMC Hospital Renovation

Construction is nearing completion for the installation of a new HVAC system in an existing hospital building at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  Colby Co. provided the mechanical and electrical design for this $2M construction project.  The new system will provide mechanical ventilation and cooling to patient wards and isolation rooms with 90-ton air cooled chillers, rooftop makeup air units, and pipe fan coil units.  Our renovation design included an exhaust airflow dispersion analysis to prevent entrainment of contaminated air into the new makeup air units.  A new negative pressure ventilation system was designed for a tuberculosis isolation room.  Colby Co.’s electrical engineers evaluated the existing system’s capacity to support the HVAC equipment.

Mount Desert Island Half Marathon

Laura Clough, Sarah Emily Teaford and Calen Colby, all of Colby Co., ran in the Mount Desert Island Half Marathon in September.  The MDI YMCA’s USATF Certified Half Marathon is the only race of its kind held in a National Park. Nine miles of the course wind through Acadia’s carriage road system which is a unique national treasure that is considered the best example of broken stone roads in America. The proceeds from the race fund the YMCA’s scholarship fund.  Approximately 400 people participated in this year’s race. 

Mechanical and Electrical Drydock Design for the USS Constitution

Colby Co. is providing design services for the Restoration of a Dry Dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, MA. The Dry Dock houses the historic USS Constitution. Colby Co. is providing the mechanical, fire protection, and electrical engineering design services which involve identifying improvements to be made at the site for functionality as a Dry Dock as well as identifying items for the Dry Dock to become a Navy certified dock for vessels.

The USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides”, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America and launched in 1797, she earned her nickname “Old Ironsides” during a battle with Guerriere in the War of 1812.  Today the Constitution is used to promote the United States Navy and America’s naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations, in port and underway.  The ship is open for tours throughout the year.