AcornVac Vacuum Plumbing Part of an Award-Winning Engineering Design

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High Security, Low Impact - Green Plumbing Design for the Western Virginia Regional Jail

Western Virginia Regional Jail

Ultimately, AcornVac provided collaboration, document review, and analytical support during the entire design process. They were very responsive to the project’s unique nature and design schedule

Like so many other prisons, the Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority in Salem faced overcrowding. But when engineers and designers set out on a project to build a new jail, they seized the opportunity to go green, and included AcornVac’s Vacuum Plumbing System in their design.

The water savings provided totaled nearly 11 million gallons of water per year, due largely in part to the AcornVac Vacuum Plumbing System. Additionally, with the help of electronic valve control systems, the jail staff is better able to prevent inmates from disrupting operations by toilet fixture abuse or contraband sharing. With this exemplary performance, a LEED innovative design (ID) credit was achieved.

AcornVac was honored to be selected by the Jail Authority and the Roanoke Office of AECOM Technology Corp. as a sole-source supplier for the vacuum plumbing system and fixtures. Because of their achievement, AECOM earned a 2009 Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). AcornVac is proud to have collaborated on this project.

For the full story, please see the attached case study below featured in Plumbing Systems and Design: “Escaping the Shackles of Tradition—Green Plumbing Design for the Western Virginia Regional Jail” (Mar. ’10).

“Ultimately, AcornVac provided collaboration, document review, and analytical support during the entire design process. They were very responsive to the project’s unique nature and design schedule," said Mark Thayer, CPD, AECOM Technology Corp.

AcornVac is a division of Acorn Engineering. Acorn Engineering is a member of USGBC

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