Stasco Mechanical Uses HoldRite and SharkBite Systems for Shepard Center Family Housing
Every plumbing contractor strives for the fastest, most reliable plumbing solutions. For this Atlanta build, Stasco Mechanical’s mission goes beyond meeting deadlines and controlling quality.
The Shepard Center in Atlanta is a non-profit hospital that provides rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain and other neuromuscular problems. In 2022, the Shepard Center announced the construction of Arthur M. Blank Family Residences.
This donor-funded housing allows families to stay close by while their loved ones are in rehabilitation. At 16 stories high and with 160 units available, the Blank Family Residences are built to accommodate the increasing demand for family housing. Tasked with installing the plumbing system for these new units, Stasco knew they’d need solutions that were not only efficient, but reliable.
The Complete PEX System
Wilson Kirk, contracted with Stasco Mechanical, values efficiency and reliability more than anything for this project. For Kirk, this is imperative so families can move in on time. By using the industry-leading plumbing brands like HoldRite and SharkBite, families won’t need plumbing repairs for years and years to come.
This multi-family project relied on SharkBite PEX-a pipe and HoldRite pipe supports and brackets to run pipe quickly and easily across each unit. By using RWC products together, Kirk not only knew the products would be compatible, but that the RWC 25-year warranty could cover the entire system if something went wrong.
SharkBite PEX-a pipe is a cross-linked polyethylene pipe approved for use in both residential and commercial installations. Kirk turned to PEX-a for its flexible design, which allows for longer pipe runs, saving time and reducing potential leak points.
For this installation, there were a lot of crowded spaces. Using typical rough-in plumbing methods would have made installation slower and more frustrating, but SharkBite PEX-a's flexibility reduced the number of fittings, making it an easier and faster process for the installer.
“[PEX] makes it a lot easier — there are no joints in the ceilings. With concentrated areas, [PEX] makes finding leaks and running pipes a lot easier,” Kirk said.
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PEX-a pipe’s flexibility also means it needs the right supports — that’s where HoldRite comes in. As superintendent, Kirk trusts HoldRite for the job because of the versatility and quality of the materials.
To set the PEX in place and run the lines properly, this site used HoldRite in-wall supports like brackets, inserts and PEX supports. These supports minimize concealed joints and reduce in-wall fittings, making for sturdy installs that prevent noisy pipes.
This site also used HoldRite overhead supports for seamless pipe runs from the fixture to the ceiling. These secure supports provide an efficient solution for high and tight runs, perfect for commercial jobs like Kirk’s.