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Advantages of a Prefabricated Heat Exchanger Skid

Advantages of a Prefabricated Heat Exchanger Skid

Baker Group has built our business by actively listening to our clients, then developing unique solutions that best serve their needs. 

Recently, a pasta production facility challenged our team to come up with a cost-effective way to convert process heating water to a comfort heating loop needed to serve a newly renovated area of their building.   Our solution to this challenge was to prefabricate a turnkey heat exchanger skid (complete with insulation, controls and hydro tested to specifications ahead of time in our shop), then ship the skid to the jobsite to be installed above a primary path of travel in the middle of the owner's operation.

Our in-house integration of engineering, 3D CAD modeling capabilities, and prefabrication shop allowed us to move quickly from concept to delivery.  During this process, we determined that by elevating the skid in the  owner's facility, the customer would have a more optimal long-term travel path for their employees when compared to installing the skid on the ground.  As such, detachable steel supports were created to be able to hoist the skid into the air, then attach it to existing structure in an ideal location.  Not only did this approach minimize downtime and keep the project on schedule, but prefabricating the skid in our shop reduced the total number of hours needed for installation by 20% when compared to constructing the skid on site.

This project was truly an example of effective team collaboration coupled with a desire to search for the best solutions for our client.

About Baker Group

Founded in 1963, Baker Group is the Midwest’s premier full-service specialty contractor providing services to clients from offices in Des Moines, Davenport and North Liberty, Iowa. With nearly 600 employees, Baker Group provides: mechanical, sheet metal, electrical, building automation, process automation, security systems, fire alarm systems, parking/revenue controls and service of everything they install. By providing these services in house, greater efficiencies are achieved and better coordination is provided. With everything Baker Group does, you can always Expect the Best.


Best of Des Moines 2023

Best of Business Record Award

Baker Group was recognized by readers of the Des Moines Business Record for best Mechanical Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Security Company and Best Company to Work For in 2023.

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Best of Business Record Award

For a seventh consecutive year, Baker Group was recognized by the Des Moines Register as one of the Top Workplaces in the state.