New Haven, CT

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc.

Our design-build expertise helped our customer achieve customized HVAC and plumbing solutions for their new facility.

Value Delivered

EMCOR Services New England Mechanical (NEMSI) was selected as the mechanical contractor of choice early in the design process for Chapel Haven’s four-story, 32,500-square-foot REACH building.

We identified various energy efficiency options for the campus that featured conceptual designs, budgets, and operating costs. We implemented a micro-scale cogeneration approach after determining it was the most cost-effective and efficient option. The heat generated by the micro cogeneration units will help heat two buildings simultaneously while offsetting some of the campus’ electrical costs.

Client Objectives

Our customer was seeking a self-performing mechanical service provider to install HVAC and plumbing systems into the newly constructed REACH building, a residential and educational facility consisting of high-tech classrooms and three floors of dormitory-type suites. NEMSI was chosen for our experience and design-build expertise.


Throughout the project, NEMSI recommended alternative approaches and solutions that would better meet the strict acoustic performance goals necessitated by the residents' disabilities.

NEMSI advised that the original design of installing the VRF fan coils horizontally would hinder access to the units. We worked with the architectural design team to create a solution that allowed VRF fan coils to be installed vertically. 

Additionally, for this project we:

  • Provided design assist, estimating, and construction methodology reviews
  • Installed two condensing boilers for space heating and domestic hot water
  • Converted air-cooled variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems to water-cooled VRF systems
  • Installed refrigeration piping, ducted indoor fan coils, insulated distribution ductwork, and control systems

Client Background

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc., is a nationally recognized private special education and transitional living program that teaches adults with cognitive and social disabilities how to live independent lives.