Insights: Cooling Tower Meets Historical Guidelines For Landmark Buildings
Through plume abatement and exterior dulling, HIGHMARK-NY installed a Mesan cooling tower to meet the stringent historical guidelines applied to all landmark buildings in New York City.
A charitable organization expanded its footprint in New York City’s Flatiron District by moving into an 11-story, 125,000-square-foot, historic building erected in 1930. The entire space was renovated and because of the landmark nature of the building, all publicly visible equipment had to be as inconspicuous as possible – including the rooftop Mesan cooling tower that was integrated seamlessly into the existing HVAC infrastructure.
To enable the cooling tower to blend in with its surroundings, two key steps were taken: 1) Plume abatement and 2) Exterior dulling. Water-vapor plume occurs normally during cooling tower operation, and HIGHMARK was able to accomplish cooling tower plume abatement. In addition, HIGHMARK oversaw the dulling of the stainless-steel exterior finish to minimize light reflection and visibility.
Mesan cooling tower systems are some of the most innovative on the marketplace and incorporate state-of-the-art technologies and designs, including: 1) A cooling tower controller, 2) Bolted construction (no self-tapping screws) to ensure panels don’t fail or rust prematurely and 3) A fan shaft supported by an enclosed/permanently lubricated system that includes both radial and thrust bearings. Mesan cooling towers also maximize efficiency and are up to 40% more efficient than the competition.
The project consisted of several steps:
1) The first step was to transport the compact and flexible Mesan cooling tower to the building for installation:
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|Historic landmark building from 1930 in the Flatiron District, New York City||Commercial||
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