SAN ANTONIO — Keeping cool while dreaming big for kids. That’s the motivation behind Friedrich’s latest major donation to help turn the dream of KidSTREAM Children’s Museum in Ventura County into a reality. Friedrich was the first major manufacturer to donate to the nonprofit museum, whose vision is to create a facility for all children in the community to have opportunities to explore science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math (STREAM) in a fun, interactive learning environment.

With designs to transform a large, former 30,000-square-foot library into the new Ventura County children’s museum, KidSTREAM is first creating a 1,200-square-foot “preview room” to host and elicit support from donors, officials, and community members. With no HVAC system, cooling and heating the preview space was an essential part of the first phase of the renovation.

Friedrich donated two of its high-performance ductless units to KidSTREAM to help provide all-season cooling and heating comfort for the newly-created space. Locally-operated AirWorks Solutions provided the installation, ongoing maintenance, and service of the units and Friedrich’s distribution partner, Johnstone Supply, helped facilitate the project and provided equipment for the donated system.

“Friedrich prides itself on innovation, engineering, and technology, so being able to support educational efforts like KidSTREAM is an excellent fit for us,” said Chuck Campbell, CEO of Friedrich. “And our ductless systems are perfect for a challenging project of this type. Because they don’t require any ductwork, they work for nearly any space. They also are extremely efficient, quiet and offer year-round comfort.”

As a nonprofit, saving money on long-term operation costs and ensuring sustainability are top priorities for KidSTREAM. The Friedrich ductless system will provide the additional benefits of being exceptionally energy efficient, helping save money on utility bills and reducing environmental impacts long-term.

 “We are so incredibly grateful for this donation,” said Kristie Akl, president of KidSTREAM. “It will go a long way towards us realizing our goal and providing a wonderful, comfortable space for kids in our community to explore and learn.”

Publication date: 8/22/2018

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