Holy Name Parish Rectory

Service Mechanical completes the renovation of the mechanical system for Holy Name Parish rectory.  In the spring of 2010, the Archdiocese of Chicago solicited proposals for the complete renovation of the heating and ventilating system for the 32,000 square foot rectory at Holy Name Cathedral located at Wabash and Superior. The rectory was originally built in 1929. The building was heated with steam radiation and the ventilation was obtained via operable windows. Air conditioning was provided in some resident rooms with window air conditioners. The goal was to install a modern heating and ventilation system and provide air conditioning for the entire facility.

The Service Mechanical design team toured the facility and realized that space for mechanical systems and air distribution was very limited. After several design meetings and brain storming sessions, our staff determined that a decentralized water source heat pump system would best suit the facility. Since the facility contains two floors of office space and four floors of residential living space, the system needed to be able to provide heating or cooling 365 days a year. This design would provide individual temperature control for each resident and be very energy efficient.

In September of 2010, the Archdiocese commenced the renovation of the facility. Working with the architectural firm of Jaeger, Nickola Associates and Ward Contracting for the past 12 months has resulted in a great transformation of the space. The facility now has a modern HVAC system as well as a completely new electrical, plumbing and life safety system. The building has been redesigned for optimal use of the space and for the comfort of the residents. The residents moved back into the renovated facility on September 6th, 2011. Service Mechanical is proud to be part of the design team.

Service Mechanical is a Design/Build mechanical contracting firm which specializes in providing engineered solutions for indoor environmental needs.

St. John the Baptist Catholic School

After receiving and reviewing the bid drawings Service Mechanical Industries met with the owner to determine their true goals of the school renovation project. We presented a design/build proposal to the board for comparison to the plan and specification bid drawings. The board chose our proposal saving them a considerable amount of money on the mechanical systems. The original steam boiler was replaced with two new efficient steam boilers to avoid the need for replacing the entire piping system in the building. Numerous piping errors were corrected and all the baseboard heating elements were cleaned to help the system operate more efficiently. Exhaust fans, steam condensate pumps, cabinet heaters and baseboard covers were replaced. A new grade mounted packaged gas/electric unit was installed to provide heating and cooling to the remodeled auditorium. To tie it all together a direct digital control system was installed to monitor all of the HVAC systems.


9415 South Western Avenue Office Building

The aging HVAC system consisted of a cooling tower on the roof serving a water cooled direct expansion (DX) refrigeration unit located in the basement. The DX machine served the single air handler which provided ventilation air and cooling to the building. All the equipment was original to the building and in very poor condition. After researching the existing HVAC system thoroughly, Service Mechanical Industries proposed and was contracted to remove the three pieces of equipment and replace them with one (1) 90-ton gas/electric packaged rooftop unit. The rooftop unit required a new gas line and power wiring be run from the basement up to the roof. In addition the supply and return ducts needed into the existing ductwork work on the top floor and the basement. The ductwork tie-ins required cutting and removing three large 9" thick slabs of concrete of the roof deck. Service Mechanical Industries coordinated and contracted all the other trades involved in the project to provide the customer with a smooth transition for this retrofit while the building was occupied.