Carrier Recognizes Two Chicago Buildings As HVAC Environmental Leaders

Carrier Corporation recently recognized recent energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) investments in two prominent Chicago buildings with Carrier Environmental Leadership Award. The awards were presented at the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) International 95th Annual Convention & The Office Building Show, in Chicago, IL. “The Carrier Environmental Leadership Awards recognize companies that have invested in energy-efficient projects, which provide innovative, environmentally sound design solutions for their commercial buildings,” Carrier Vice President of Commercial Marketing, Mary Milmoe explained. The awards were presented to The Chicago Institute for the Art and the One East Wacker Drive Building. World famous for its many artistic treasures — including painter Grant Wood’s American Gothic and 33 paintings by Claude Monet — the Art Institute of Chicago recently required a master’s touch when it came to replacing a nearly three-decade-old 500-ton chiller unit. With the help of Carrier Commercial Services, the Art Institute of Chicago replaced its aging chiller, one of a series of four 500-ton chillers, with a 750-ton 19XR Evergreen® unit. Fitting into the existing footprint of the old unit, the new 19XR Evergreen® expanded the Institute’s cooling capacity up to 25%, minimized mechanical room space usage and minimized the mechanical room sound disruption issues the Institute faced – all while using environmentally-sound, non-ozone depleting HFC-134a refrigerant. The Art Institute of Chicago received the Carrier Environmental Leadership Award for its foresight for investing in energy efficient and environmentally sound technology. “The Art Institute of Chicago project was a ‘win’ for both Carrier and our customer,” Mike Bordes, Regional General Manager, Carrier Commercial Services, said. “The project was a perfect example of Carrier Commercial Service’s teamwork approach to providing customers with complete HVAC solutions.” Meanwhile, One East Wacker Drive is a 41-story, 650,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose, office complex, housing major corporations, an atrium, a conferencing facility and several food service venues. Building management firm Jones Lang LaSalle needed a complete system that was not only reliable, but also more energy efficient. With the help of Temperature Equipment Corporation (TEC), a Chicago-based independent distributor of Carrier Corporation, the building management firm recently replaced two old 1,200-ton chiller units, with three 700-ton 19XR Evergreen centrifugal chillers with unit mounted Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), at the One East Wacker Drive location. With this Carrier-patented design, both the chillers and the VFDs are cooled by environmentally sound, non-ozone depleting HFC-134a refrigerant. The One East Wacker Drive building received the Carrier Environmental Leadership Award for overall HVAC system performance. “We are pleased that Carrier chose to recognize these building owners as environmental leaders,” Gary Stern, TEC’s vice president, applied systems, said. “We hope the recognition will encourage other building owners to challenge their consulting engineers to design systems using equipment and technologies that provides both a sound financial and environmental return.” For more information on Carrier, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 800/CARRIER.

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