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by Tracy Will
Mon, Feb 23rd 2009 11:15 am

CIR recently completed the electrical contract for Mercy Flight of WNY's new 11,782 square foot hanger and shop building.  The new building and helipad were built next to Mercy Flight's new home offices, which are located in the building previously occupied by Flying Tigers Restaurant, behind the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

The new building, designed by Fontanese Folts Aubrecht Ernst Architects, P.C., provides a location for storage and maintenance of the helicopters.  CIR worked for general contractor Lemur Construction, who oversaw the construction of the insulated steel building, which includes a high-efficiency boiler system for heating the office area as well as snow melting for the helipad.  CIR Superintendent John Gugino served as Project Manager for this job, with foreman electrician Ron Feneziani on-site.

As part of the electrical contract, which began in October 2007, CIR installed a fire alarm system that was tied into the existing home office complex.  We also installed an emergency generator to provide power in the event of an outage; a necessity for Mercy Flight's operations.

Efficient lighting was also a big part of this project.  CIR installed high-efficiency T-8 and T-5 fluorescent light fixtures in the hanger and office area, and LED lighting on and surrounding the helipad.  This project required red, post-mounted obstruction lights on the perimeter fence of the helipad, and green, recessed landing lights mounted in the helipad, both of which must be on at all times.  The 8-watt LED lights used are rated for 100,000 hours, and will provide significant energy and maintenance savings compared to the typical 60-watt lights they're replacing.  

With regard to energy savings, the 8-watt LED offers the same light output as a 60-watt incandescent, but uses 87 percent less energy.  Rated at only 2000 hours, the 60-watt incandescent would also need to be replaced 50 times before the 8-watt LED would need to be replaced once.  For 24-hour a day operation at Mercy Flight, that equates to once every two to three months compared to once every 11-12 years.  That's quite a savings!

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