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Steamfitters Local 601 Training Center


Role: LEED Consultant

Rating: LEED BD&C Certified

The Steamfitters Local 601 Madison Training Center located at 6310 Town Center Drive, along Interstate 94 and Sprecher Road, in Madison, Wisconsin hired Sustainable Business Solutions as their LEED Consultant for this new 58,450 SF that includes traditional classrooms, as well as, training areas for fabrication and welding. Steamfitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquids, gases or fuel used in energy production, heating, cooling, food processing, refrigeration and air conditioning, manufacturing, lubricating and other process piping systems. The facility will house new indoor training equipment, including a 3-story rigging structure that will allow apprentices to train in a climate-controlled environment before they have to work out in the elements.

Hunzinger Construction Company is the Construction Manager for the project designed by Potter Lawson Architects based in Madison. Rounding out the design team are KJWW Engineering Consultants of Madison consulting for HVAC, plumbing and electrical, Plan Design, LLC landscape architects and Wyser Engineering, LLC of Mt. Horeb providing the civil engineering for the project.

Key sustainable strategies focus on energy savings through a very high efficiency HVAC system and the VRF system was chosen specifically for its high efficiencies in this part of the country and so that the building itself can be a teaching tool for the man and women that are coming here to learn the mechanical trade. Additionally, a high performance building shell, and skylights for daylighting were also incorporated and the building was designed to accommodate a rain water retention system in the future.

Work is scheduled to be completed August of 2017.

About Steamfitters Local 601

Steamfitters Local 601 is comprised of approximately 2,400 members and represents a fourteen county area in southeastern Wisconsin. While the majority is comprised of Steamfitters and Refrigeration/Service Fitters, they also represent gas distribution helpers and welders. Their members work on a variety of jobsites including residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, breweries, and power plants.

Local 601 believes that training is the foundation on which any organization is based. The longevity of a steamfitter’s career is directly related to their ability to keep current in old and new technology, knowledge and skills. Steamfitters UA Local 601 represents the Journeymen, Apprentices and Helpers, who work in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Process Piping Industry in the Southern Wisconsin area. Steamfitters Local 601 offers a five year UA apprenticeship program for the Steamfitter Construction and HVAC Service industries.



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