Bounce Innovation Hub

PTA celebrated the grand opening of the Bounce First Floor Maker Space with activities throughout the day on May 22nd.

The 28,000 squarefoot renovation began in May 2018 and concluded in May 2019.  This project was a renovation to the first floor of what was once the BF Goodrich tire plant. The space features an eSports lab, makerspace and creative workshop, conference rooms, event space, a commercial café, and more with locally created furnishings throughout.  The mechanical system is served from district chilled water and district steam, which is converted to hot water, and includes a dedicated outside air (DOAS) unit with heat recovery for ventilation and fan coil units for space conditioning. The hot water loop is efficiently heated using two heat exchangers in series. The first, a plate and frame style heat exchanger, pre-heats the water loop using recovered 200 degree condensate, returned from surrounding buildings and stored in a receiver tank. From there, a shell and tube style steam to hot water heat exchanger further heats the water to the desired temperature for system heating. New DDC controls will be installed to properly monitor and control this complex mechanical system.

PTA worked with Akron Energy Systems (owners of the district steam and chilled water), the city of Akron, Bounce, and many others to study the feasibility, constructability, and energy savings pertaining to both the proposed mechanical system and the condensate recovery + steam conversion method of providing heat to the building and concluded that the owner could reduce steam usage by up to 25% in the renovated space.

All work and master planning for the central plant has been developed in a scalable fashion, ensuring the system can accommodate future renovations to the upper 8 stories of the building.