Innovative Processes and Tools

Andrea LaMont

The McKenney’s team designed and installed mechanical systems for the East Coast headquarters of a multi-national managed care company in Charlotte, North Carolina. THE CHALLENGE Unlike many projects of this type, the McKenney’s team was awarded the work after the concrete had already started pouring. The team started the mechanical design immediately, prioritizing and focusing efforts to stay ahead of the demanding schedule. Constant deliveries of mechanical, electrical and plumbing materials—along with managing a … Read More

BIM Keeps Project on Track

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s installed a highly complex HVAC system at the Riverside Epicenter multipurpose venue—a facility designed to serve its members and the community.  THE CHALLENGE  Installing a large, chilled water HVAC system to service this 107,000-square-foot facility consisting of a gym, bowling alley, auditorium, meeting and event center required meticulous planning and coordination. With multiple floor and ceiling elevations, significant duct work distribution … Read More

An Educated Approach to HVAC

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s installed HVAC ductwork and piping at a nanotechnology research and training facility under renovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. THE CHALLENGE While the two floors of laboratory shell space were being renovated, other areas of the facility that were occupied had to remain operational. With nearly 75 percent of the construction in overhead spaces, numerous ceiling conflicts had … Read More

Ally Center Build Presents New Challenges

Andrea LaMont

The 26-story Ally Charlotte Center is a welcome addition to Uptown Charlotte’s skyline. Developed by Crescent Communities, Ally Charlotte Center features 750,000-square-feet of office space, approximately 30,000-square-feet of ground floor retail and restaurants, a 12,000-square-feet public plaza, a 1,400-space parking garage and a 380-key JW Marriott hotel with a rooftop pool. Ally Financial, the anchor tenant, envisioned an impressive Class-A tower to … Read More

Turning a Zoo Into an Oasis

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s installed life support systems (LSS), including plumbing, pipefitting and controls, for the Zoo Atlanta Elephant Barn as part of the THE CHALLENGE  Zoo Atlanta tripled the size of its elephant habitat, tasking McKenney’s with managing LSS for the new exhibit. The McKenney’s team needed to perform most of the plumbing and pipefitting work underground while navigating around the steel and concrete barn. The project required strategic coordination among site … Read More

Barings Building

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s partnered with Balfour Beatty Construction to build a 25-story, high-rise office building and hotel tower in uptown Charlotte. This Class A, multi-purpose office tower, located adjacent to BB&T Ballpark, totals 638,000-square feet and spans the width of the entire city block. The building is anchored by a bank tenant occupying one-third of the building. Other tenants include the Kimpton Tryon Hotel … Read More

Design Build Proficiency Stands Tall

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s leveraged design/build expertise to bring the world-class Anthem Technology Center in Midtown Atlanta to life.  THE CHALLENGE McKenney’s was asked to design/build and install an HVAC, plumbing and controls systems for the new 352,000-square-foot Class A office building. Intended to house 3,000 Anthem IT employees, the McKenney’s team needed to quickly grasp the unique density levels and space requirements—while providing maximum … Read More

Building the Model of Efficiency

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s used BIM modeling to simplify collaboration among trades and deliver a wide range of building systems for another corporate campus in Atlanta.  THE CHALLENGE  An American software and technology company contracted McKenney’s for a two-phase buildout of two new office towers. Phase 1 included HVAC, plumbing, piping and reclaimed water systems for 516,000 square-feet of office space on top of a six-level parking deck. Phase 2 included similar work for an office tower … Read More

Providing Much-Needed Timely Support

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s delivered HVAC, plumbing and piping services for two new administration buildings and an attached parking ramp for a pediatric healthcare provider. THE CHALLENGE  The owner contracted with the McKenney’s team for design/assist installation of HVAC, piping and plumbing build-outs for more than 558,000-square feet of office space. The construction team faced tight timelines, a limited budget, a host of involved stakeholders, a concurrent tenant upfit with the … Read More

Staying Cool Under Pressure

Andrea LaMont

McKenney’s installed a complex HVAC system at the new Emory Musculoskeletal Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.  THE CHALLENGE  The McKenney’s team had to fast track the HVAC and plumbing installation for a 7-story, 190,000-square- foot healthcare institute. The construction team required conditioned air early—six months after rough-in began. In addition, the building had a variety of specialty spaces including operating, exam testing … Read More