• 100k SF Class A suburban mid-rise
• Challenge: Aging HVAC infrastructure and equipment on an early 1980s vintage building with extremely high energy costs, numerous tenant complaints and failing equipment resulting in high maintenance costs.
• The owner had been told that the entire system had to be replaced because of age and condition at a cost of almost $1 million dollars. This would entail a shut-down of each floor for approximately one week while the existing chiller AHU was removed and the new chiller AHU was installed. Due to the building’s design, any new installation would have equired a hole to be cut into the curtain wall, the new unit to be cut into sections, crane installation into the building via new curtain wall opening, and re-assembly of the unit. Given the over 90% occupancy of the building, this would have been very disruptive to the tenants and extremely challenging to manage. Working with an outside consultant, Younger’s engineering and operations team developed a solution that minimized downtime to the weekends only. They determined that the existing system could be upgraded instead of having to be replaced. The upgrades included installation of new frequency drives, higher efficiency compressors, and valves and controllers to interface with the new building automation system. The resulting solution cost less than $400,000, dramatically improved temperature control and tenant comfort, reduced on- going maintenance costs, and is projected to reduce HVAC energy consumption by over 30%. This was all accomplished with limited to no disruption to the tenants.
"We selected Younger Partners to
manage a 13 building portfolio
primarily because of their hands-on
leadership and the quality of the
property management team. From
accounting all the way through
operations, the transition was
expertly handled. Greg Grainger
and the Younger Partners team
absolutely delivered on their
— Steve Mindlin
Mindlin Realty Advisors