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Insul-Tech Joins with Proto Corp., Owens Corning & SPI on Northern Virginia Data Center

Wednesday, July 17, 2019  
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Virginia is home to the largest data center market in the U.S. Since the early beginnings of the internet, Northern Virginia has set the foundation of success for leading technology firms. 

In March of this year, Insul-Tech began work on a massive data center facility – its 2nd project in two years at a renowned Northern Virginia campus. Faced with a tight deadline of June 2019, Insul-Tech joined together with manufacturers Proto Corp. and Owens Corning and distributor SPI on an intensive and challenging project. 

The project presented Insul-Tech with a number of unique challenges from a design and installation perspective. Creativity and skill were essential to success due to the size of the pipes and ducts, which encompassed 55,700 feet of piping located in the tight corridors and galleries of the building.  Every half-inch of space needed to be maximized … every element needed to fit exactly.

“Proto Corp., Owens Corning and Spi have been our partners for years,” commented Matt Stillitano, VP of Insul-Tech. “They continue to support our fast-paced projects and the products speak for themselves. This is the biggest Proto job we’ve had to date. When you are dealing with 55,700 feet of piping, lead time and delivery times are crucial.”

Every piece of pipe within the building was covered with Proto’s .030 PVC Jacketing, while outside piping used .040 white PVC Jacketing.  The pipes were insulated with Owens Corning ASJ Max fiberglass and Owens Corning 700 Series Fiberglass Board. 

“The complexity of this design-build data center required the cooperation of everyone involved,” said Louis Walton, VP of Proto Corp.  “Weekly communication between all partners was the key to our success in meeting schedules and requirements.” 
 
This project like many others had challenges ranging from budgeting to educating the customer on value engineering options to a tight timeline. “Our employees at 
Insul-Tech -- including office staff and installers – together with our manufacturing and distribution partners, all played a key role in delivering a quality product that we are incredibly proud of!” concluded Matt Stillitano.  

 

Featured in ESICA Review 2019 Volume 2.