Air conditioning contract awarded for Freedom Tower
McQuay International has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $15 million to supply air conditioning equipment for the Freedom Tower building in New York City.
McQuay International , a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $15 million to supply air conditioning equipment for the Freedom Tower building (1 World Trade Center) in New York City. Currently under construction on the site of the World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept.11, 2001, the 105-story Freedom Tower will be 1,776 ft tall. Scheduled for completion in 2012, the Freedom Tower is the tallest of the buildings that will form the new World Trade Center complex.
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.
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. The units will be manufactured at McQuay’s plant in Faribault, Minn.
Tishman Construction Corp., New York City, the construction manager, received approval to award the contract to McQuay. The Freedom Tower is being developed by One World Trade Center, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey . Jaros, Baum & Bolles , New York City, is the MEP engineering consultant on the project.
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