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Royal Palms Shuffleboard is one project that definitely deserves a visit. We were very pleased and proud of the work our crew put together. Shuffleboard being the main attraction, along with the great bars, cabana seating, and revolving food trucks.

Working on a project with such details and specifications can be a challenge for even the savviest of electrical foremen, but our guys, Martyn and Jonathan really made it looks easy. The lighting layouts along with existing barrel roof construction were definitely time consuming. The millwork at the bars and reception had specific measurement to hold. We had some field changes to account for, as it often happens throughout the duration of projects. Jobs like this where schedules are tight and coordination is very important our organization really paid off. You would think that the main floor would probably be the most challenging part, but the roof top area took that prize. This project has a great roof top bar with an additional shuffleboard court and a great view. There was a concrete paving system with post mount lighting, decorative fixtures, electric heaters and an elevator in the vestibule. Battaglia can definitely say it was a great experience to get under our belt, and the pictures will speak for themselves.

Making a great design come to life is one of the greatest parts of being in the trades. Battaglia Industries has always taken pride in delivering a great end product. This was the second location for Royal Palms Shuffleboard, the first in New York. To make everything come together it takes a lot of coordination with the design team, ownership and the end user. Feel free to stop in a play some shuffleboard at this great facility. We know you’ll enjoy your time there.



Project History

Farm on Ogden is a project that comes across your desk that makes you want to be a part of, as soon as you see the plans.

“The Farm” as it was generally called during the project is a collaborative venture by the Lawndale Christian Health Centers and Chicago Botanical Gardens to bring food, health, and jobs to Chicago’s urban neighborhoods. They grow healthy greens and educate the people on the importance of healthy food choices. They also educate and help inner city youth by showing them the prospects of jobs in the agriculture and botany fields.

This project won’t wow you with how much material we had to put in, it did have a tight schedule. Every project has its difficulties, towards the end of the job we were asked to work on the greenhouse control wiring with some complicated equipment setups. Our foreman Gonzalo was able to get everything broken down and it really came together nicely.

While working with The Chicago Botanical Gardens and Lawndale Christian Health Centers in an area where predominately it’s union labor get these opportunities, we wanted to make sure we exemplified the skills and knowledge of the merit shop.

That is what this project was and is all about, opportunity. A chance to make an impact on the community in a positive way. While working in the urban neighborhood of North Lawndale, we definitely saw the growth and goodness of the community. How our efforts were going to help bring a healthy change to in the inner city. A project like this will bring people together and make them find common ground. Battaglia Industries always works hard to make sure we can make a customer’s vision come to life. The farm project always was and will be an outstanding example of our services to the great Chicagoland area.

We learned along the way Lawndale is a great place, with great people, and great opportunities coming to life. We are currently working on a second project in the area. So stay tuned Battaglia Industries has more to come.



We are often asked “what type of HVAC work do we do? With the many different HVAC systems out there, this is a valid question. Our answer usually starts with “Commercial” followed by examples of different projects and their HVAC system types. Retail strip malls with basic packaged Roof Top Units. Larger office buildings with variable capacity roof top units and zoned distribution. Restaurants with Kitchen Exhaust hoods with grease rated ductwork and exhaust fans. Laboratories with specialty exhaust and pressure requirements. IT rooms and equipment rooms with specific cooling and humidity requirements. Although our work is not limited in these examples it was exciting to find a project which incorporated all of them.

Along came a project called Northland Labs. Once we received the Invite To Bid and looked over the drawings we knew this was a project we wanted to be involved with. Throughout the bidding process there was a lot of communication back and forth between the General Contractor and our many vendors with us to ensure we had everything covered and were within the project budget. This continued through drawing revisions and again through City Review Comments. Ultimately, we were awarded the project and were able to begin construction.

The Northland Labs project involved converting a 20,000 square foot 2-story building shell into a state-of-the-art laboratory capable of microbiology, chemistry, and specialty testing for food quality and safety. The building was divided into separate areas each with unique HVAC requirements and systems.

Half of the building would be built into a large laboratory open to the 2nd floor roof deck with multiple work rooms. A Carrier 30-ton VAV roof top unit with 11 fan powered boxes provided HVAC for the space. The system is controlled by a Carrier I-vu control system allowing temperature, humidity, and pressure control. Along with monitoring and data recording for the (11) individual zones. The Roof Top Unit, Fan Powered Boxes, and diffusers were connected with exposed spiral ductwork. A lot of planning went into laying our equipment location, ductwork routing, and installation heights of components to create a clean, visually appealing, and functioning system.

On the other side of the buildings first floor was a Chemistry Lab. The Chemistry Lab HVAC consisted of (2) Aaon 25-ton Make up Air Units. These units were sized to maintain temperature, humidity, and pressure in the Chemistry Lab when the (3) Fume Hood Exhaust Fans are operating. These exhaust fans are no ordinary exhaust fans. The (3) Exhaust Fans are capable of exhausting 11,200 cfm of corrosive laboratory exhaust through stainless steel duct work and polypropylene housings and impellers.

There are 8 packaged Roof Top Units with concealed insulated ductwork distribution for the various office, reception, and customer service areas. These are all single zone units with individual thermostats. An IT room required a separate cooling only ductless split system as well. In addition, (7) roof mounted and 1 side wall mounted Exhaust Fans provided exhaust for Restrooms, Laundry, Electrical Rooms, and Laboratory equipment requirements.

One of the difficulties faced on the project was coordination of installation of our equipment and ductwork with other trades. Constructability reviews identified keyed areas that needed detailed equipment lists and various matrices of their requirements. First up were roof penetrations. For this we created a list detailing size and location for the 40 roof penetrations required. We then walked the roof with the General Contractor and Roofing contractor to ensure we were all on the same page. Once we got that accomplished we needed to coordinate our duct installation. Right away we ran into obstructions for our duct in the form of sprinkler piping. After meeting with the General Contractor and Sprinkler Contractor it was determined we would need to change our ductwork. So, ductwork was resized, shop drawings produced, approved, and we were on our way again.

For the installation of all the ductwork we split our field techs into smaller teams with each team tackling installation of a different system. At times it felt like we were working on different jobs at the same location. We completed the material installation and now were ready for the equipment installation portion. This involved trimming out the grilles and diffusers. Performing the startup, commissioning, and the Test and Balance of the systems. To ensure the startup and commissioning went smoothly we created a matrix detailing what was required for each piece of equipment and who was responsible. This proved to be very effective as we had 5 different vendor/manufacturer representatives required for startup and commission as well as the Test and Balance contractor. With this complete the final inspection by the Village Inspector was the easiest part of the project.

This project really pushed us to see how much variety of work we could handle at one time. In accomplishing this we built confidence in our company to tackle challenges of this size and scope. This display of capabilities has led to more projects being awarded to us by the General Contractor and an overall close working relationship. We were also awarded a Preventive Maintenance Agreement with the Facility to make sure their HVAC systems function properly. This was the type of project that you enjoy being involved in from paper to occupancy.