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New York University

Air conditioning as part of the Master Plan

"Most people will agree that in the hot and sticky months in New York City, there just isn’t a comparison between the relief provided by a window AC unit vs. a central air system. So as part of the implementation of the Pless Building’s master plan, we designed a second dry cooler on the roof so that the building could be upgraded to central air. WB specified the dry cooler equipment and designed the associated piping and controls. 

Because school projects often have very limited windows in which the projects can be completed so as not to interrupt the academic calendar, the scheduling for academic projects is often aggressive. That was certainly true in this case.

We’re always happy to be present when equipment is installed, and in this case had the opportunity to be there when the enormous dry cooler was hoisted to the roof. Once on the roof, it had to be carefully placed in the small space allotted for it.  

The challenges on this project were many: a small space, an aggressive schedule, and a carefully planned budget among them. We planned carefully, designed thoughtfully, and communicated effectively. And in the end, the installation was a success."

Project Type
Central Utilities / Infrastructure,
New York, NY

Project Services

Electrical (Infrastructure)

Designed of all or some of the following systems: incoming electrical service including switch, switchboards and main distribution, electrical riser, infrastructure for emergency generator, lighting and power drawings, exit signs and emergency lighting.

Mechanical (Infrastructure)

Designed of all or some of the following: mechanical systems: HVAC system, chiller plant, air handling units, exhaust, boiler, steam risers, control valves and steam traps, life safety generator and BMS.

Plumbing (Infrastructure)

Designed of all or some of the following systems: domestic water mains, sanitary and domestic water risers, duplex pump set, house trap, and gas service.