Hill York Broward Office Renovations Breathe New Life Into Historic Space

An interior renovation of Hill York’s main office in Fort Lauderdale is in full bloom this spring as a graceful merger of historic past and next-generation future takes shape. The ongoing project is focused on converting the older building into a contemporary flex-space environment that enhances collaboration and reflects our brand and culture as a high-tech leader in commercial air conditioning and energy solutions.

The renovation and remodeling of the office in Broward involves upgrading and reconfiguring space for improved function and efficiency. The interior design features include modified open work stations, advanced technology dispatching, and tech-friendly collaboration space.

As part of the remodeling work, new flooring and freshly painted walls are prominent throughout the office, along with sleek LED lighting fixtures in about a quarter of the space so far. To enhance energy efficiency, all existing fluorescent T8 light fixtures will eventually be replaced with the LED lights. At completion, the upgrade is expected to deliver an over 50 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption and move Hill York closer to a performance rating of 75 or above – the first step towards achieving Energy Star certification.

Along with energy smart upgrades that promote sustainability, Hill York has brought a conservation mentality to all aspect of operations, streamlining space, equipment and supplies. The approach has  found its way into a warehouse and pipe shop adjacent to the Fort Lauderdale office where state-of-the-art equipment, tools and inventory systems have created a lighter, leaner and safer way of working. Plans call for similar renovations to the West Palm Beach office.

While far from over, the comprehensive changes have already produced big benefits, reinforcing a collaborative atmosphere and promoting greater teamwork across all business units.

“We have a 60 plus year history in Broward County and this building’s been our hub through six decades of growth and innovation,” said Chip Lafferty. “We have a company culture that’s based on making life more comfortable for people. This update gives our team the comfort and flexibility to work together and accomplish great things in this location for many years to come.”

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Slashing Energy Costs Through Building Controls Drives Strong Hill York Growth As Alerton Dealer

alerton-dealer-productsHelping Florida facility owners better manage their cooling related energy use has been a Hill York staple as a commercial HVAC mechanical contractor. Since becoming an Alerton dealer in 2014, that capability has found a fertile new channel for cutting energy consumption and boosting operating efficiency: the sale and implementation of building control systems.

Over the past year, Hill York has become one of the fastest growing Alerton dealers in the country. In Florida, it has risen among the ranks and is the largest Alerton service provider in South Florida’s tri-county region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

According to Vice President of Building Solutions Rob Pulsifer, the growth in the controls market has evolved over the past six years as Hill York has carefully crafted its business model and perfected its energy service offerings. The more recent acceleration since teaming up with Alerton has created a relatively new market response that he is happy to perpetuate.

“Traditionally, any building controls business has come our way through energy projects or our existing client base that know and trust us as HVAC contractors,” Pulsifer observed. “We’ve now had project opportunities come to us strictly for our expertise as controls specialists. It’s a shift in perception that reflects what a great fit our relationship with Alerton has been.”

The alliance between long-time Florida A/C leader Hill York and building control systems pioneer Alerton is built on some solid common ground. Hill York’s energy services are a sophisticated mix of programs and technical specialties that help building owners more easily monitor and manage their cooling efficiency.

Alerton, meanwhile, has spearheaded advances in user-friendly building systems, such as their BACnet communications protocol that enables backwards compatibility to seamlessly integrate older systems with the newest building automation technology. More recently, they created the Ascent Compass Software, a controls platform that provides a dynamic interface empowering managers to monitor and control their facilities from anywhere, at any time.

Whether it’s their continued leadership role in providing integrated open communication control systems or a shared focus on developing new solutions for critical facilities, there’s one thing that building managers can expect from a Hill York – Alerton collaboration going forward. There will be plenty of comfort, operating flexibility and energy savings at their command.

Founded in 1981, Alerton is a pioneer and industry leader in providing building control systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment for all types and sizes of buildings. They have led the way in developing products based on a standard open communication protocol to give facility owners and managers flexibility in their building solutions. For more information, visit www.alerton.com.

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides energy efficient solutions for the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.

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#SafetyCHAMP Program Produces Injury-Free 2015 At Two Florida Locations

What does it take to have no accidents at two company service areas for an entire calendar year and see a drop in incidents at two others?

“It’s about moving safety from just a bunch of policies to a way of life,” said Luis Moreno, Safety Director at Hill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning and energy solutions company. “That level of awareness requires a program that inspires employees to take ownership of securing worksites, enhancing procedures, and protecting co-workers and customers from risk and injury.”

The Program

Launched in 2014, the #SafetyCHAMP program has been instrumental in improving on-the-job risk avoidance and reducing the number of injuries and time lost by employees in Hill York’s four Florida service areas. The company logged one of its best safety years ever in 2015, with an accident-free record at its West Palm Beach and St. Petersburg locations and a decline in reported injuries at locations in Melbourne and Fort Lauderdale.

“All Hill Yorkers deserve a lot of credit for their hard work and vigilant attitudes in achieving this impressive safety record in 2015,” said CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “The #SafetyCHAMP program’s results are evidence of a successful partnership with our customers and each other that keeps the focus right where it belongs – getting everyone home safe.”

According to Moreno, the #SafetyCHAMP program is supported by daily checklists, practices and procedures that help reduce risks and stop injuries before they happen. A daily 7 a.m. text message provides additional safety tips and cautions. Its popularity among employees has led some to even opt their spouses and children into getting the morning safety reminders by texting HYSafe to 95577.

“The best defense is always prevention,” he observed. “That means wearing protective equipment when activities warrant them, following safe practices in all situations with consistency and diligence, and making choices that favor risk avoidance over risk taking.”

An outgrowth of The Comfort Champions – Hill York’s company culture and commitment to make life more comfortable for customers and employees – the #SafetyCHAMP program is proving to be a critical business component with a direct impact on health and wellbeing. And that’s no accident either.

The Company

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.

January 2016 | #SafetyCHAMP Program Produces Injury-Free 2015 At Two Florida Locations