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Field Report: Thermo Bond Buildings
Thermo Bond even handled strange requests. Here in Wyoming we really only need air conditioning a few months out of the year. The rest of the year cooling needs can be met with air circulation. Thermo Bond installed exhaust fans, one for each transmitter, but I had a special request for intakes. In order to keep the building positively pressured, just installing a set of intake louvers doesn't cut it. Instead we've been installing large swamp coolers on thermostats. They're a very efficient way to move large volumes of air at low pressure and the mats provide some decent filtering. We don't even bother installing the pumps. When I explained this to the folks at Thermo Bond, they scratched their heads and said, “Just tell us where to leave the holes and how big you want them”.
It turned out perfect. Everything is redundant. Each side of the building has an exhaust fan, a swamp cooler and three tons of supplemental air conditioning. Failure of any one device is hardly noticeable.
Because this building sits under a 1,150' tower, falling ice was a huge concern. So during the design process we discussed various ways to handle the problem with Thermo Bond and eventually settled on having a ¼" steel plate installed under the neoprene roofing material. It was a relatively inexpensive fix to a problem that has plagued us at other sites.
Thermo Bond designed and built a beautiful building, both aesthetically and functionally. It was on-time, on-budget and hassle-free. So the next time you need a transmitter building, don't let the GM's brother-in-law slap something together for you. Call Thermo Bond. I'll never have another building built on site for me after seeing this one. And remember it's you that will have to deal with the problems later on, years after the GM and his brother-in-law have moved on.
Dozier is director of engineering for Legend Communications of Wyoming, Cody, WY.
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