Hill York’s Robert Birch Earns 2015 CASF Craftsmanship Award

Robert S. Lafferty Sr. Central Energy Plant At NSU Draws Praise For HVAC and Sustainable Energy Achievement

Hill York’s outstanding work on the innovative engineering and design of the Robert S. Lafferty Sr. Central Energy Plant at Nova Southeastern University netted a coveted Craftsmanship Award from the Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) at their annual recognition event on November 5.

Hill York team member Robert Birch was selected as the recipient of the award for the job he and his crew performed installing three chillers and other major HVAC equipment capable of cooling 5,000,000 square feet of NSU’s campus. The chillers take advantage of off-peak utility pricing to avoid the high cost of electricity during peak hours.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition for our hard work,” said Birch. “We couldn’t have earned it without the support from our entire Hill York team and our project partners from NSU and C. Davis Electric.”

The Robert S. Lafferty Sr. Central Energy Plant was designed and built for the university and acclaimed as one of the largest energy storage systems in the United States. The three-story, state-of-the-art structure is expected to save the university more than $500,000 annually or $17.3 million over the life of the plant. It provides cooling that is both energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The CASF Craftsmanship Awards Program started in 1958 and is now in its 57th year. Nominees are selected by construction industry professionals and awards are given to celebrate outstanding achievement by tradesmen on building projects throughout South Florida.

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