|GRINNELL Products, a division of Tyco International, teamed up with contractor Thomas J. Dyer Company (T.J. Dyer) to build a truly cost eff ective mechanical systems solution for Cincinnati's The Great American Tower. The Great American Tower at Queen City Square will add 41 stories and more than one million square feet of office and retail space to the city's already impressive downtown area.
When bidding the project, T.J. Dyer enlisted the help of the GRINNELL Technical Services group to estimate the most cost and time efficient mechanical solution. The team opted for a hybrid weld and grooved system. This enabled it to take advantage of two key areas of expertise: T.J. Dyer's knowledge of fabricating large-bore piping and GRINNELL Products complete line of high-quality grooved mechanical products for all of the equipment connections. This hybrid system allowed T.J. Dyer to achieve their tight materials and labor budget. "From the very beginning of our relationship, GRINNELL Products supported our decision to use a combination system. Combining their grooved product with our fabrication shop capabilities on larger-bore pipe really maximized our user labor efficiency," said Mirlisena.
Constructing The Great American Tower presented a host of unique challenges for all involved. Because the building is shoe-horned between existing buildings on three sides and a highway on the fourth, there was no room for a laydown area for construction materials on the site. To overcome this challenge, T.J. Dyer enlisted the help of Worly Plumbing Supply Inc. in Cincinnati to provide distribution services. They worked closely together to establish a shipping schedule that maximized effi ciency in delivering product to the jobsite on time. "GRINNELL Products and Worly’s product expertise, coordination eff orts and on time delivery meant that there were no problems. It was truly an accomplishment for a project of this size," concluded Mirlisena.