Freedom Tower Air Conditioning Contract AwardedBy: Doug Caverly
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 3:43 pm
In terms of practicality, there will be dozens, or even hundreds, of more important components. The Freedom Tower’s inhabitants are sure to greatly appreciate its climate control, however, and McQuay International has won a contract to supply the building’s air conditioning equipment.
According to Stephen Winslow, the technology behind the equipment will be about as advanced as everything else in the Tower. “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,” he writes.
Also, “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.” So floor space, money, and the environment should be saved, all while creating a minimum of noise.
For this up-to-date equipment and its expertise, McQuary International will be awarded around $15 million. Most of the equipment manufacturing should take place near its Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters.