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ASHRAE New York Chapter Focuses on Bridging Gaps during Event

By: Ed Bricker, P.E.
New York Chapter Refrigeration Chair 2017-2018

From eSociety, March 2018


ASHRAE New York Chapter’s Refrigeration Committee held their “Designed for Operation – Operated as Designed” event in 4 Times Square’s 49th Floor Mechanical Room on Jan. 18.

The event focused on bridging the gap between operations and design, focusing on feedback from a previous roundtable event which gathered feedback from building operators and contractors.

The event enjoyed strong attendance, attracting an audience beyond just the consulting community to include attendees from real estate, government agencies, as well as contractors and union members.

Charlie Marino, Associate Member ASHRAE, who is the Director of Energy Services for AKF Engineers, presented the material to the audience.

The audience had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with panelists: Tony Arbore, Member ASHRAE, of Jaros Baum & Bolles Engineers; Joe Azara, Life Member ASHRAE, of C.D.E. Air Conditioning Company; Ron Jerman of The Durst Organization; Lucas Janes, Associate Member ASHRAE, of the Fulcrum Group; and Mike Tortorella of ME Engineers.

Following the presentation and Q&A session, attendees were given the opportunity to tour 4 Times Square’s renovated chiller and boiler plants, which feature 4,000 tons of multi-compressor flooded shell chillers, vertical in-line pumps with motor-mounted variable-frequency drives and a 45 million BTU condensing hot water plant.