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Geothermal Systems

Whorton Engineering designed our first geothermal heating and cooling system in 1989.  Today, the system is still operating.  We have now designed many successful systems for both commercial and residential occupancies.  These include large schools, multi-story office buildings, multi-story elderly housing facilities, national park facilities, military housing facilities, military training facilities, community centers, etc.

Whorton Engineering calculates complete building HVAC loads for all design projects.  We utilize specialized software for designing the bore field to calculate bore lengths, arrangements, and quantity.  A geothermal test bore is normally conducted during the design phase to determine soil characteristics, thermal diffusivity, thermal conductivity, and undisturbed ground temperature.

The majority of Whorton Engineering's geothermal design projects have been a total HVAC building design including HVAC loads, interior HVAC, and exterior bore fields.  However, on a number of projects, Whorton Engineering has acted as a design consultant to the HVAC contractor or design engineer, and has designed only the exterior bore fields and headers to inside of building.

Geothermal Projects (Partial List):

Alabama National Guard Pelham Range Armed Forces Reserve Center located in Alexandria, Alabama. The first L.E.E.D. "PLATINUM" certified building in the State of Alabama, 90 Ton System.

Alabama National Guard McClellan Readiness Center Phase Two, 226 Ton System.

Cowetta Fayette EMC (50,000+ SF, Newnan, Georgia), 50 Ton System.

Alabama National Guard Birmingham Armed Forces Reserve Center Phase 2, Birmingham International Airport, 236 Ton System.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Geothermal Bore Field Installation (120+ Homes in Albany, Georgia), 339 Ton System.

Anniston Army Depot Building No. 7, Base Headquarters, 150 Ton System.

Sylacauga Housing Authority 5-Story Elderly Housing, Approx. 60 Ton System.

Jacksonville State University Little River Canyon Center, National Preserve, Approx. 75 Ton System.

Rutherford County Schools Geothermal Bore Field Installation - Tennessee, 762 Ton System.


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