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H.B. Ward Tech Center Adds a New Auto Body Spray Booth

Riverhead, NY – The on-going project at the Harry B. Ward Technical Center in Riverhead involved the replacement of the outdated Auto Spray Booth, specifically addressing the needs of the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Transportation Technology Program, benefiting the students of BOCES auto body courses, workforce trainees, apprenticeship program participants, and others.

The primary objective of the project was to replace an outdated auto paint spray booth with a new one, ensuring compliance with all MEP Codes and health/safety requirements. Design-wise, this targeted aspects such as proper ventilation, fire suppression system, fire alarm notification, and more. As of now, the project is nearing completion, with only the replacement of an existing overhead door in Building #4 remaining in terms of construction.

While BOCES procured the new booth, the design responsibility for removing the former booth and its MEP components, as well as designing all new MEP connections and technical components, was up to BBS. The intricacies and complexity of this project demanded a high level of coordination – most notably, due to the fact that the new booth was manufactured and delivered from Italy. In its entirety, BBS coordinated the design and installation process for the new booth as the local distributor/contractor had not previously collaborated with an Architect on a project of similar scope, requiring approval from NYSED OFP.

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