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Project Nightlights: Agriculture is Alive and Flourishing in Upstate New York!

Saturday, June 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
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For more than 125 years, Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station(NYSAES) in Geneva has developed cutting-edge technologies essential to feeding the world and strengthening New York economies. From developing safe and nutritious foods to pioneering means to preserve the environment, NYSAES serves millions of New York consumers, agricultural producers, food businesses and farm families throughout the state.
In November of 2017 T Bell Construction of Rochester called upon Griffin Insulation to rehab the insulation of the steam and condensate systems and cold water and heating hot water pipes at Cornell’s Agricultural Research Pilot Plant in Geneva. With Welliver/ McGuire as General Contractor and M/E Engineering as the project’s Engineer, Griffin was chosen for insulation based on the strength of their commitment to safety and quality.
“Cornell prides itself on being at the cutting edge of efficiency and energy-saving technology,” stated Rick Mullen, President of Griffin Insulation. “This together with the recently updated New York State Energy Code that requires some significant thicknesses on relatively small bore piping, made the full thickness of insulation an absolute must on the project.”
The steam and condensate systems were insulated with mineral wool fabricated and supplied by SPI and jacketed with aluminum. Cold water and heating hot water pipes were insulated with fiberglass and jacketed with aluminum. “SPI, the insulation vendor on the project, typically has a substantial inventory of mineral wool pipe covering in the sizes and quantities we demanded,” said Rick.
“Additionally, SPI was best suited to service the project with offices in both Syracuse and Rochester, Griffin Insulation was on site for nine months with six insulators from local 26 during peak installation periods. “We are extremely proud to have completed the project safely, on time, under budget… and with a superb finished product!” reported Rick. “We are delighted to have been a part of this prestigious project with Cornell University!”


This article was featured in the Fall 2018, Volume 2 edition of the ESICA Review. Click here to read the full publication!