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Hilton Garden Inn Renovation Project in Record Time

Case Study: Hilton Garden Inn Renovation

Most renovations take a year or two to complete. They include a lot of moving parts that all need to align in order to move forward. So, when Florida’s Director of Engineered Systems Support and VRF Products, Dave Lucas, was presented with the opportunity, he was understandably skeptical. The renovation had to be completed in under eight months and required providing an HVAC system for a 10-story office building that was being turned into a 190-room hotel. But after gathering all the information, Dave, the CE team, and the general contractor partner in Florida moved forward with the job.

About the Hilton Garden Inn Renovation Project

Jupiter Florida, has been experiencing a lot of growth, including the recent additions of a new ballpark that will be the Astros’ spring training home and the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings. So, when a former office building became available, developers instantly saw the opportunity to transform it into a hotel. However, the time frame was tight. The project was presented to CE’s partner in March, and it needed to be completed by Thanksgiving. Once open, the Hilton Garden Inn will be used to house the Astros during spring training, as well as provide a central home base for tourists and visitors of the UTC Center.

The Goal: Independent Controls & Efficiency, Installed in Record Time

Being a hotel, the number one priority for the Hilton Garden Inn renovation was the ability to independently control each room. Additionally, the developers wanted a building that was extremely energy efficient to keep overhead costs down, and of course, the system had to be able to be installed within the short time frame.

The Solution: VRF

After reviewing the needs of the renovation, it was decided that Toshiba-Carrier VRF systems were the answer. However, given the short renovation time, designing and installing the system was not as cut and dry as would have been preferred. All of the equipment had to be carefully determined to ensure it would arrive in time to meet the tight deadline. In addition, any late updates or revisions to the plan to overcome any equipment shortages were made to utilize the equipment that was immediately available.

The Results: Comfort and Efficiency

With the deadline quickly approaching, we are pleased to report that everything is ahead of schedule. All of the VRF components are expected to be up and running by the end of October, beating the Thanksgiving deadline by weeks. Once open, the building owners and occupants of the hotel are sure to be thrilled with the extreme controllability the VRF system provides, and this Hilton Garden Inn is sure to be a top destination for tourists and business travelers. We are proud to be a part of its success.

Millennials and Modern HVAC Systems

Millennials and Modern HVAC Systems: A Perfect Match

Millennials are known for a lot of things, one of which is that they have focused more on their education and exploring the world and less on getting married and buying homes. However, the millennial generation is getting older (they are now between the ages of 22 and 37), and the rate of millennials buying homes is increasing. If fact, at the end of 2017, 36 percent of new homeowners were under the age of 35—making millennials the majority in the home-buying sector. Read more

See How Ductless System was the Perfect Solution for Maintaining the Historic Integriy of the William Collins Whitney Estate

William Collins Whitney Estate

The William Collins Whitney Estate, often referred to as “The Manse,” was built in 1904 and has since become a part of Long Island history. The property has undergone many changes over the years, but most recently, in 2000, it became the home to a nonprofit organization. While the historic aspects of the building were still intact, its old HVAC system began to present many issues. It became extremely expensive to operate and the individual rooms were impossible to make comfortable for guests. Since the rooms were being rented out for UN meetings, teacher gatherings, and more, this was a reoccurring issue that had to be dealt with. When approached about how to update the estate while still maintaining its historic integrity, Ray Victory, Lead Project Coordinator from Victory Skaggs HVAC in College Point, NY, knew that a Carrier multi-zone ductless system from CE was the solution. Read more

Mt Olive Baptist Church Gets Multi-Zone Ductless Upgrade

Case Study: Mt. Olive Baptist Church

The Mt. Olive Baptist Church has become a staple in Knoxville, Tennessee, but since it was built more than four decades ago, its HVAC system was lacking efficiency and the zone control they desired. With the help of Compass Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., the church was able to upgrade to a Carrier multi-zone ductless systems to keep their members and staff comfortable while reducing overhead expenses. Read more

Start Stocking Up on Single-Phase VRF

Now is the Time to Start Stocking Up on Single-Phase VRF

With growing interest in individual room-controlled temperature capabilities, superior energy efficiency, and compact equipment footprints, consumers are now beginning to understand the major benefits provided by VRF systems. In order to have this equipment on-site to fulfill the expectations required to meet the urgency of construction schedules of these projects, distributors and contractors have realized that now is the time to stock-up on Single-Phase VRF equipment to meet future project equipment requests. Read more

Proud to Now Provide HVAC Purchasing to E&I Members

E&I: Succeeding in the Education Vertical

The education vertical is one that’s constantly under pressure to over perform; unfortunately, while every institution consistently is pushing to raise the bar on performance, they are not immune to the fierce scrutiny on tightening budgetary requirements.  Constrained resources coupled with the need for services to maintain safe and productive day-to-day operations, all make finding a strong alliance necessary. Read more

New Toshiba Carrier VRF System Commissioned in the Heart of America

Update Your Properties HVAC System with Toshiba-Carrier’s New VRF System

For commercial property owners looking to upgrade their property’s HVAC system, Toshiba-Carrier recently released a new VRF system. Designed to reduce energy consumption and improve temperature control, this variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with a digital inverter uses a twin-rotary compressor to deliver the desired temperature to all spaces of a large-scale property. Read more

VRF made this craft beer brewery even cooler

Case Study: Strawberry Alley Ale Works, VRF Heating and Cooling

Strawberry Alley Ale Works in Clarksville, Tennessee, recently opened up their doors to the public, but before they were able to become the hottest brewpub, taproom, and gathering spot in town, they had to do a complete conversion/renovation. At the time of possession, the owners had 7,300 square feet of multiple historical buildings to work with, complete with high ceilings and unorthodox architecture. With these hurdles, Strawberry Alley knew that a combination of traditional package unit systems and a VRF system would be the ideal option for their vision.   Read more

See the unique spaces that benefit from Ductless Systems

Take Control of the Summer Heat in Unique Places with Ductless Systems

When it comes to finding comfort during the hot summer weather, air conditioning can be critical. While there are many spaces that have traditionally been difficult or impossible to provide cooling for, ductless systems have changed the game. When it comes to fitting out an area with air conditioning that has no ductwork and no space to put it, it’s time to come up with a better solution for your customers. Read more