Celebrating 125 Years

2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference Tours

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  • Technical Tours

    Technical Tours

    Orlando International Airport Intermodal Terminal Facility

    Sunday, February 2 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm
    Cost: $30

    The airport, MCO, was formerly home to McCoy Airfield base, the largest employer in Greater Orlando before Walt Disney World opened in 1971. MCO has quickly grown to the largest airport in Florida and the 11th busiest airport in the US. The airport’s newest expansion, the Intermodal Terminal Facility, will serve as a multi-use transportation hub. Travelers will soon have the option to travel by train from Orlando to downtown Miami via the Florida East Coast Railway. Future plans include a connection to the SunRail commuter rail line and an elevated Maglev train to the attractions.

    UCF Energy Plant

    Monday, February 3 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
    Cost: $30

    UCF is the largest university in Florida and the second largest in the United States with approximately 60,000 students. This massive campus located in Orlando, FL has a 17,000 ton cooling district served by four central plants located around the campus. The plants are connected to a 3 mile long distribution loop that serves most buildings on the campus. The tour will visit some highlights of mechanical systems on the campus including a large 3M gallon thermal storage tank and a Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP). The CHP generates 5.5 Mega Watts while simultaneously producing 5.6MM ton-hours of cooling utilizing the waste heat from the plant. Utilizing this plant allows for CO2 reductions approaching 10,000 metric tons per year. 

    Florida Solar Energy Center

    Tuesday, February 4  | 2:00 – 6:00 pm
    Cost: $30

    Tour the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) to discover how HVAC&R, window technology, natural lighting, controls and other building technologies were integrated to produce one of the most energy efficient buildings for hot, humid climates. Also find out what’s new in alternative energy sources and energy saving technologies. FSEC is the largest and most active state-supported renewable energy and energy efficiency research, training, testing and certification institute in the United States.

    FSEC’s mission is to research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida’s and the nation’s economy and environment and to educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research. Research at FSEC is based on field monitoring, computer simulations and controlled experiments in highly-instrumented laboratories. These research efforts are developed in partnership with industry, nonprofit organizations, private sponsors and national laboratories. FSEC’s 20-acre research complex on Florida’s Space Coast is adjacent to UCF’s Cocoa Campus. This state-of the-art research campus is composed of a number of buildings that provide office, laboratory and test facilities. This tour involves walking. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 

  • General Tours

    General Tours

    Kennedy Space Center

    Sunday, February 2 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $120

    Experience your very own space adventure by exploring the exciting past, present and future of America’s space program at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Built in 1967 as a means for NASA Astronauts’ and employees’ families to view space center operations, today the Visitor Complex is one of Central Florida’s most popular destination.

    The first stop on this go-at-your-own pace tour is the four-story LC-39 Observation Gantry, where guests enjoy a panoramic view of Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle launch pads, as well as the rocket launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A short film and interactive displays demonstrate how the launch pads are constructed and how a Shuttle is launched. 

    The motor coaches then drive by the monstrous Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where the Space Shuttle was stacked for launch, and where the Apollo/Saturn V rockets were once assembled, as well as the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) where the Orbiter is examined and maintained after each mission.

    The second stop is the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows, and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look in America’s quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built, and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence.

    Finally, the Lunar Theater provides a rare look at the harrowing final moments before man landed on the moon. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is also home to the Moon Rock Café, the only place in the where guest can dine next to a genuine moon rock.

    Titanic the Exhibition

    Monday, February 3 | 2:00 – 5:15 p.m.
    Cost: $65

    The world’s first permanent Titanic Attraction, “Titanic – The Experience,” will immerse visitors in this timeless story in a way it has never been experienced before. The exhibit features the only full-scale Titanic room re-creations in existence, including her world-famous Grand Staircase. There are over 200 priceless artifacts and historic treasures from some of the most prestigious private collections in the world, many of them on display for the very first time.

    Original movie memorabilia from such films as “A Night to Remember,” starring Kenneth More, and “The Search for Titanic,” hosted by Orson Welles – as well as a costume worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-winning motion picture, “Titanic.” Also, live interactive interpretations by storytellers in period costumes will capture the unforgettable sights, sounds, and emotions of one of the most poignant chapters in modern history.

    Florida Everglades Tour

    Tuesday, February 4 | 2:00 – 5:30 pm
    Cost: $125

    Deep in the middle of nowhere, a 100-year-old pioneer fish camp awaits you, looking like something straight out of Patrick Smith’s bestselling novel, A Land Remembered. Here, you’ll enjoy a refreshing soft drink and sample delicious cooked-to order gator tail before boarding a 15-passenger airboat for a breathtaking 30-minute expedition down the St. Johns River and into the Central Florida Everglades, accompanied by your expert eco-guide’s spellbinding live narration. With a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed swamp boat captain at the helm, you’ll explore the freshwater habitat of the Florida alligator as your airboat skims the shallow waters of this legendary “River of Grass” at speeds up to 45-mph, slowing to an idle at times to let you take advantage of the incredible photo opportunities.

    Following your airboat excursion, you’ll gather with your fellow explorers to begin a 30-minute guided nature walk through the Tosohatchee Wildlife Refuge along the legendary Florida Trail. The hiking is easy, but the sights are unforgettable as your expert eco-guide leads you through this pristine natural habitat—home to both resident and migratory birds, white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox squirrel, alligators, cows and otters.

  • Student Tours

    Student Tour

    Student Tour: Orange County Convention Center

    Sunday, February 2 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm
    Cost $20

    Join us for a mini-seminar and facility tour which gives participants a quick look at the massive scale of equipment required to run the Orange County Convention Center, the largest LEED Gold Certified convention center in the world. With over 7.1 million square feet of building space, it takes a lot to keep 1.4 million visitors comfortable during the 200 client events hosted here each year. Join us to see how we make it all work. As a sustainability leader, OCCC has learned much over the past decade.

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, was completed in 2009 over the south concourse. This project is a U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Showcase. This goal of this project has to include five primary components: a 1-megawatt (MW) PV system, four 10-kilowatt PV systems, a 3,000-square foot Climate-Change Education Center, a statewide marketing program, and an economic development program. The showcase 1-MW PV system is the largest rooftop PV system in the southeast United States.

    The tour will be broken into three groups of 30 to 40. This tour is for students only.