There probably aren't too many multimillion dollar companies where the president is the first person you see when you walk through the door. But that's the case at R.D. Herbert & Sons Co., Nashville, TN, a sheet metal and roofing contractor with deep Southern roots that go back to the 1860s.
“Our goal is never to have to dismiss school because of classroom heat. We schedule 188 days of classes each year, and we don’t want to miss any of them.” In this way, Bill Gilbert explains why the Johnston County Schools rely on air conditioning systems. Gilbert is the energy director for the district, located southeast of Raleigh, NC. He indicates that in years past, classes were frequently dismissed because school buildings were simply too hot for useful education to take place.
The First Union Tower is a modern building in a prime location in Orlando. The only problem with the facility was that the building cooling plant couldn’t keep up with the cooling demand. As a consequence, comfort levels in the building did not meet the performance standards expected by its owner, Hannover Real Estate Holdings, or the property manager, CB Richard Ellis. In 1999 the building’s HVAC plant received a complete makeover that has resulted in improved comfort and system flexibility, with no increase in operating costs.
A 50-year-old 75,000-square-foot building which formerly housed an industrial bakery was recently converted into a high-tech headquarters for Hoover’s Inc., an Austin, TX-based business information provider. The design strategy of exposing the 20-foot-high ceiling presented an HVAC challenge for consulting engineer Talex Inc Engineers, Austin, and mechanical contractor Encompass Inc., Houston.
Encompass Mechanical Services-Central Florida, with offices in Orlando and Clearwater, is furnishing and installing $1.78 million of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment and services for Pinecrest Retirement Community in Largo, in Pinellas County, under its contract with ABI Construction Services, Tampa.
Two salesmen from Texas Reps, sales agents for Equiguard Inc., provider of extended warranty agreements for residential and commercial HVACR equipment, recently received achievement awards from Equiguard.