The Wick Tower was originally built in 1906 and was renovated and reintroduced to the public in 2015. The 13-story, fully-furnished apartment building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an important part of the Youngstown, Ohio scenic downtown. A building that has been a part of a community for three generations chose an Uponor PEX hydronic heating and cooling system to bring comfort and efficiency to the structure.


Here are three things you should know about the renovation of the Wick Tower.


1.  The team

Architect: City Architecture
Mechanical contractor: Clayton Heating and Air Conditioning
Manufacturer’s representative: Preferred Sales


2.  The installation

The installation of the Wirsbo hePEX™ pipe in the hydronic piping system was straightforward. The pipe looping was installed above the joist inside the units and was then linked to the distribution manifold at each floor. The distribution lines ran across hallways to the main hydronic water supply risers that ran from the basement mechanical room to the top floor of the building.


3.  The outcome

Using an Uponor PEX hydronic heating and cooling system allowed the team to save on labor because of the faster installations with flexible PEX pipe that can bend with each change in direction, resulting in fewer required fittings. Using pre-insulated Wirsbo hePEX pipe contributed to the efficiencies of the building, helping the The Wick Tower to achieve LEED®-Silver certification.


If you want to learn more about the unique project and find out what the team had to say about the renovation, check out the article in Retrofit magazine or the Uponor case study