Case Study: Deli Rebalance

Context

In spring 2015, Melink was hired by a facilities director at a popular sandwich deli chain for a pilot balance service at their Port Arthur, Texas, location. The scope of work was to audit the previous new construction balance work of their existing contractor. When Melink’s technicians reported several deficiencies (opening the eyes of the facilities team to the faulty installation work), the pilot program expanded to an additional three stores.

Results

The Melink technician inspected the rooftop units, exhaust fans, duct systems, thermostats, exhaust hoods, and other components of the HVAC systems. After all balance adjustments were made, a positive pressure that complied with the design requirements was read and the final results were discussed with the restaurant managers. Further, the company’s management team was provided with a detailed report, which included measurements, pictures of the HVAC components, and a punch list of deficiencies to be corrected to maintain the balanced, comfortable building.

The most common punch list items include:

  • Inoperable outdoor dampers
  • Dirty blower wheel
  • Dirty evaporator coil
  • Dirty outdoor filters
  • Dirty return grilles

Melink is now performing test and balance work for all of the chain’s locations.

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Authored By: Darren Witter

Darren Witter is the Vice President of Human Resources and has been with Melink Corporation since 1996. He has served in a variety of capacities including engineering, product development, manufacturing, field services, and management. Darren earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a State of Ohio Professional Engineer (PE). He is also qualified as a LEED-accredited professional and a NEBB-certified professional. After working in and leading many of the functional areas of the company, Darren’s core focus is now on the hiring and development of Melink employee-owners. For more than 30 years, Melink has helped commercial building owners improve the health, comfort, and energy impact of their facilities across the U.S. and world.

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