Plastic pipe projects to restore drinking water, melt ice at a winter amusement park and store goods were among those recognized by the Irving, Texas-based Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI).
Every year the trade group's members review their products placement in five applications and honor the standouts for building and construction, drainage, energy piping systems, municipal and industrial, and power and communications.
The winning projects and the pipe producers are:
• This Is the Place Heritage Park, Salt Lake City, and Rehau Construction LLC in Leesburg, Va., for the building and construction category. More than 40,000 feet of Rehau Raupex pipe was used for the snow-and-ice melting (SIM) system at the park, which recreates the West as it was in the early settlement days of Utah. The park has rides, exhibits, meeting rooms and wedding venues. The hydronic SIM system that was installed under the nearly 30,000-square-foot walkway formed 165 loops to keep it clear and safe.
With $200 million in estimated annual sales, Rehau ranks in a tie for 22nd among pipe, profile and tubing extruders in North America, according to Plastics News' latest ranking.
• A Greencastle, Pa., warehouse distribution center and Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS) of Hilliard, Ohio, for the drainage division.
A new warehouse facility required a large amount of underground storage beneath the proposed loading and parking areas. Five retention beds — the largest being 24,500 feet, or 4.64 miles — were made from 60-inch-diameter corrugated high density polyethylene pipe. The project used more than 17 miles of ADS N-12-brand corrugated HDPE pipe as well as fittings, gaskets, Nyloplast drains/grates and FlexStorm inlet filters.
The pipe qualities met needs for an underground, watertight system in a karst geology, which is marked by sinkholes and caves.
With $2.1 billion in annual sales, up 40 percent from the previous year, ADS ranks third among pipe, profile and tubing extruders in North America, according to PN's latest ranking.
• Frontier Natural Gas of Elkin, N.C.; Performance Pipe of Plano, Texas; and Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich., for the piping systems division.
Frontier used more than 50,000 feet of new pipe in its 100-psi gas distribution system. Performance Pipe and Dow collaborated and expedited the commercialization of a solid yellow bimodal PE4710 option called the DriscoPlex 8400 series. The bimodal PE4710 pipe provided the improved physical properties Frontier needed.
With an estimated $485 million in annual sales, up 18 percent from the previous year, Performance Pipe ranks 11th, according to the updated ranking.