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First ACE DuraFlo® ePIPE® Project Reaches 10 Year Milestone –
Historic Hotel Project a Shining Example of LEED-EB Potential

February 2010:

The Problem:

By 1999, after more than 70 years of continual service, the historic Pacific Plaza Hotel was rapidly deteriorating with more than 40 of their 160 rooms placed permanently out of service due to severe pipe corrosion and low water flow. The galvanized steel piping was so badly encrusted that in some cases water flow could be counted not by gallons per minute, but by drips. 
To tear open the lath and plaster walls for a repipe would not only require abatement of asbestos insulation and lead based paint, but it would also eliminate the grandfather clauses over many older systems.  To remove the pipes for replacement would unavoidably trigger cross-compliance code upgrades on electrical, ventilation and fire regulations making the total cost of a repipe prohibitively expensive and requiring a complete property shut down. To do nothing would mean the hotel was destined for a slow but certain demise.

The Solution:

Faced with this seemingly insurmountable combination of problems, hotel management contracted with ACE DuraFlo to restore the piping in-place using the air driven ePIPE® system.  Utilizing a riser by riser approach, the ACE DuraFlo team was able to resolve the corrosion problem within the existing pipes one stack of rooms at a time, allowing the remainder of the hotel to continue normal operations while the project was completed.  Because the ePIPE process connects to the piping at existing access points, all of the grandfather clauses were preserved, and the ACE DuraFlo team was even able to clear and restore the fully blocked piping of the 40 rooms that had been out of service for years. 
By choosing ACE DuraFlo ePIPE over a traditional repipe, the owners had enough money remaining to upgrade the hotel into a recently renovated upscale property now dubbed the Executive Hotel Pacific.  According to General Manager Dan Spurgeon, “The ACE DuraFlo ePIPE system has been an absolute lifesaver and has allowed us to save our historic property from the brink of collapse.  After a 6.8 earthquake and 10 years of service, the hotel’s piping system continues to have full and clear water flow to all 160 rooms and remains protected from the recurrence of pipe corrosion.” 
Over the course of 10 years since this inaugural hotel project, the occurrence of pipe corrosion problems continues to grow, and the renovation market is turning to the environmentally conscious alternative of ePIPE for a solution.  “ACE DuraFlo ePIPE is a very green technology”, explains ACE DuraFlo founder Larry Gillanders, “and this case study is a great example of how ePIPE can deliver tremendous value under the emerging LEED-EB program for renovations in existing buildings.  With the current direction of the economy and green building trends,” continues Gillanders, “we believe that ePIPE is a valuable resource in the maintenance and preservation of the aging building population.”  Based on the 10 year growth of the ACE DuraFlo network into more than 60 locations in 8 countries, it seems that the market would agree.

About Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC and ePIPE®
Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC (PRT) directly and through its subsidiary ACE DuraFlo Systems, LLC,  provides "in-place" epoxy pipe lining products and authorized ePIPE plumbing services in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Latin American under the brand names ACE DuraFlo, ePIPE, eLINER and miniE. Since 1998, PRT has been a leading innovator in the field of pipe restoration and has been awarded multiple US patents involving epoxy pipe lining methods that restore and protect piping systems "in-place." The result is an epoxy lined pipe called ePIPE. ePIPE, a "green product," is a proven and commercialized alternative to a conventional plumbing repipe. Information on ACE DuraFlo and ePIPE may be obtained by calling 888-775-0220 or by visiting

ACE DuraFlo Systems, LLC
United States and International Headquarters
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Suite 112
Irvine, CA  92614

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Also See: Historic Berkeley City Club Facing Near Inoperable Water Quality and Flow Turn to ACE DuraFlo's® ePIPE® Systems for Restoration Solutions / January 2010

ACE DuraFlo®, ePIPE® team nominated for National Medal of Technology and Innovation / June 2009

Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel Applauds ACE DuraFlo® ePIPE® for Efficient and Timely Restoration / April 2009

ACE DuraFlo® Nears Completion on $2.2 Million, 50,000 Foot ePIPE® project for Seattle Sheraton; Hosting Hotel Engineers Luncheon and Project Tour / March 2008

The Regal Biltmore Discovers a Long-term Solution to the Problems Associated with Replacing a Piping System Within a Historical Building / Jan 2001

A Hidden Time Bomb - Corrosion of Piping Systems / The Causes of Corrosion in a Piping System, Traditional Repair Methods and the Modern System of Pipe Restoration / Jan 2000

Priyan Jayetileke, Director of Engineering at Vancouver’s 385 room, Four Seasons Hotel, Tackles Corrosion of Copper Water Lines Servicing the Hotel / Jan 2000

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