When Turner Construction Company, one of the largest general builders in the United States, wanted to move its headquarters to a downtown Columbus location, it selected an early 20th century 30,000-square-foot factory space. Turner wanted to keep the historic elements of the space intact and set their sights on LEED®-Silver for the adaptive reuse project.
The original building was constructed before air conditioning was invented and there was no room for a typical mechanical room. The Turner team selected our VRF zoning system because its compact compressors and system components required less piping and used minimal space when compared to other HVAC options. Turner employees were impressed with the system. “They were surprised that someone could stand a few feet beneath an indoor unit and not hear it operating,” said Frank Hartley, project manager, Columbus-based Dynamix Engineering Ltd., who specified the system for this project.
“The selection of this VRF zoning system made me a believer,” stated Scott Blair, Turner’s mechanical estimator. Our system helped Turner exceed its LEED expectations with the project earning Gold certification. “At Turner, we are recognized for our pioneering work in the green building movement. The thing that makes me happy is we proved that it is possible to bring century-old spaces up to 21st-century standards. This state-of-the-art VRF technology is ideal for an office environment,” said Blair.
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