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Fairfield University Convocation Ctr. Wins Excellence in Construction Award

The Associated Builders and Contractors Connecticut Chapter hosts an annual awards program, Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards, which highlights the best Connecticut construction projects annually. We are proud to share in the success of one of the 2023 EIC winning projects – Fairfield University’s Convocation Center!

Projects are selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of owners, architects, and engineers. This award is a testament to the team’s expertise and outstanding work for a job well done. We’d like to extend our thanks to Modern Mechanical (submitting firm) for the opportunity to work on this project, as well as Kohler Ronan (Project MEP engineer) for including ABB variable frequency drives as basis of design in the building’s specifications.

Flow Tech’s Involvement

ABB ACH580 Drive family
The ABB ACH580 Family of Drives

Flow Tech’s variable frequency drive (VFD) line, ABB, is the preferred choice of the university due to their reliability, safety, and energy efficiency. Plus, Flow Tech is the sole source ABB provider in the state and offers startups and 24/7, on-call service. This coupled with our relationship with Modern Mechanical and Kohler Ronan helped us in the project’s selection process.

Variable frequency drives are a type of motor controller that drives electric motors by varying the frequency and voltage supplied to the electric motor. This allows for better energy efficiency because the motors aren’t continuously running a peak speed.

We supplied (8) ACH580 VFDs for several applications.

  • (2) ABB ACH580s serving hot water pumps
  • (2) ABB ACH580s serving chilled water pumps
  • (4) ABB ACH580s serving fans located within (2) air-handling units

About the Facility

Fairfield University’s Convocation Center is a 85,000-square foot, 3,500-seat arena located on the site of the old Alumni Hall. The building opened in fall 2022 and is now home to the university’s Division I basketball and volleyball programs, Fairfield prep basketball and wrestling, and hosts convocations, concerts, and gatherings for the University Prop, and neighboring community at large.

We are excited to join the celebration and help honor this project and Modern Mechanical Systems, Inc. by attending the annual awards dinner on October 18, 2023. For more information regarding this project or our engineered equipment and systems please contact us. Don’t forget to follow us on social media: FacebookLinkedIn and YouTube.

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