An armed forces reserve center, a correctional facility, a university campus, and a city hall. These projects pushed the envelope of HVAC comfort system design. So, this year "Designing for a green world" is the unofficial theme of the 19th annual ContractingBusiness.com Design/Build Awards. Each winner used top quality HVAC design and installation techniques to overcome exceptional challenges and provide greener, more sustainable environments:

  • Harrington Engineering overcame some tight obstacles brought on by governnment restrictions while building an armed forces reserve center.

  • KAI Design & Build designed, and U.S. Engineering installed high efficiency dual-fuel boilers that are self-sufficient to mantain security standards at a state correctional facility.

  • Energy Control, Inc., used new energy technology to build a smart campus at the University of New Mexico.

  • Runners-Up:

    MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions gave city residents a green facility to gather in for social events and meetings.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners and runners-up!

For information on how to enter the Design/Build Awards, visit www.contractingbusiness.com and click on “Awards Programs,” or call Executive Editor Terry McIver at 216/931-9732.

Clark Electrical/Mechanical, Paradise, PA
for Grace Chapel, Havertown, PA

Clark Electrical/Mechanical, was responsible for the complete design and installation of the church HVAC systems. Clark used its own in-house design and CAD talents to coordinate the mechanical spaces with the other trades, produce sheet metal shop drawings, and increase field coordination efficiency. The project uses state-of-the-art zoning equipment and the latest boiler technologies.

CHC Mechanical Contractors, Cookeville, TN
for the Freedom Plaza, Cookeville, TN

CHC Mechanical Contractors, also based in Cookeville, incorporated environmentally sustainable features, including a water-source heat pump and a closed loop system, integrated with the fire protection system. The integrated system is generating total energy costs that are 17% less than buildings of comparable size. The building's first quarter average heating bill was less than 3.5 cents per sq. ft.