“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.
PowerCold Corp. has announced that Elite Hospitality Inc. of Daytona Beach, FL, has selected Ultimate Comfort Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PowerCold, to design and install a cooling and heating system for Elite's St. Augustine Beach resort hotel.
Global Energy Group Inc. has announced what it says is a new standard in high efficiency for air-cooled packaged air-conditioning units. The company said it has introduced a line of commercial rooftop air conditioning units that improve energy efficiency, resulting in lower electricity usage.
PowerCold Corp. announced the acquisition of Applied Building Technology Inc. (ABT), a St. Petersburg, FL-based supplier of complete HVAC packages for standard-sized commercial buildings such as national chain businesses.
In November 2001, 15 Texas contractors and subcontractors, two lawyers, and a facilitator from North Carolina set out on a quest. They were determined to do what two major segments of the Texas construction industry had not been able to do for decades: establish fair rules for the use of contingent payment clauses in construction subcontracts.