NEW YORK - McQuay International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $15 million to supply air conditioning equipment for the Freedom Tower building (1 World Trade Center) in New York City. Currently under construction on the site of the World Trade Center that was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the 105-story Freedom Tower will be 1,776 feet (541 meters) tall. Scheduled for completion in 2012, the Freedom Tower is the tallest of the buildings that will form the new World Trade Center complex.

The air conditioning system will consist of custom-designed air conditioning units to meet the specified requirements of the project, including HFC-410A refrigerant with no ozone depletion potential or phase-out date and low operating sound levels. According to the company, the high-efficiency, floor-located, self-contained units are ideal for high-rise projects because they eliminate the need for large equipment rooms and chilled-water piping systems and can be operated individually floor-by-floor. The units will be manufactured at McQuay’s plant in Faribault, Minn.

“The contract is the culmination of a two-year effort of innovation, teamwork, and dedication. McQuay is proud to be associated with one of the most important buildings of the early 21st century,” said Eric Roberts, chief operating officer, McQuay Americas.

Tishman Construction Corp., New York City, the construction manager, received approval to award the contract to McQuay. The Freedom Tower is being developed by One World Trade Center LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B), New York City, is the MEP engineering consultant on the project.

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Publication date:06/30/2008