October 2014 | Hill York Employees Exceed Goalof 500 Volunteer Hours in 2014

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Hill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning services and energy solutions company, announced today that its employees gave more than 500 hours of volunteer service to charitable causes in their communities during the first three quarters of 2014.

Coming months ahead of schedule, the milestone improves on the full-year pledge of “Hill York Helps: Comforting Those In Need,” an outreach campaign that engaged employees in four offices throughout Florida in a companywide effort to encourage volunteerism. Hill York is pledging to double its goal in 2015, aiming to surpass 1,000 volunteer service hours.

“Topping our 500 volunteer hours goal well before the end of the year is a powerful demonstration of how Hill Yorkers love to make life more comfortable for a wide range of people,” said CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “Helping others in our communities is in our hearts and at the core of our culture – it’s how we turn our compassion into action as The Comfort Champions.”

While Hill York has a long history of participating in community service activities, the company undertook a formal initiative earlier this year to expand on efforts already in place and assist employees who wanted to find events and organizations that best suited their interests and abilities. Examples of volunteer work by Hill Yorkers include charity races and walks, preparing meals at food pantries, participating in golf and fishing tournaments, scholarship fundraisers, visiting children in hospitals, and building homes for the underprivileged. They donated time and money to a diverse group of charitable organizations, including
4KIDS of South Florida, Freedom Riders Academy, Goodwill, Habitat For Humanity, the H.E.L.O. Foundation, His Caring Place, Hope Women’s Centers, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sheridan House, and Wounded Warriors.

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.

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May 2014 | HEAD OF THE CLASS

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Hill York Instructs Facilities Professionals On Energy Solutions At FLAPPA Educational Conference

A partner in helping some of Florida’s most prominent schools and universities improve the energy efficiency of their facilities, Hill York had a room full of eager pupils at FLAPPA’s Annual Educational Conference. The event, which was held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, gathered professionals from around the state to learn the latest strategies and best practices for the production and maintenance of quality environments for today’s students.

Hill York gave the FLAPPA crowd what it came for, revealing details of innovative programs designed to be self-funded through maximum energy efficiency and cost savings.

“We’re always ready to educate facilities managers so they can make informed decisions on their cooling and energy processes,” said Hill York Vice President of Energy Solutions Rob Pulsifer. “With some awareness and planning, there’s a lot they can do to create more comfortable environments while reducing energy use and maintenance expenses.”

Shining a spotlight on self-funded programs that produce significant savings, Pulsifer headed a seminar at the conference entitled “Energy Efficiency: Why It Makes Cents.” He shared project highlights on Hill York’s role in the construction and ongoing support of one of the largest ice storage facilities in the country – Nova Southeastern University’s Central Energy Plant. The plant provides chilled water to cool the campus facilities and reduce operating costs.

“The facility is projected to save the University in excess of $17 million over its life,” Pulsifer noted. “In addition, it will have earned approximately $3 million in rebates from Florida Power and Light.”
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With the event setting an aeronautical school and the conference theme “FLAPPA’s Flight,” conference Diamond Sponsor Hill York gave away a pampered passenger grand prize at the dinner banquet. The travel package, urging winner Brian Woodworm of the University of Central Florida to “Take a comfortable flight,” included airline and hotel gift cards, a wheeled upright backpack, noise-canceling headphones, and a sleep mask. A prize wheel at the Hill York Comfort Zone booth offered additional prizes, such as free energy assessments, massages, tumblers and gift cards. Joining Rob Pulsifer to help educate FLAPPA conference attendees about Hill York’s services at the three-day event were Jeff Phillabaum, Mike
Murphy, Dan Lague and Cristina Oyola.

FLAPPA is the Florida Chapter of APPA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the maintenance, production and promotion of quality educational facilities to enhance student education.he organization sells them with affordable, zero percent interest mortgages, making a 30-year commitment to each new owner and to the community in which they live.

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June 2014 | Hill York Volunteers Help Habitat For Humanity Build Home For Single Mom

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Making life more comfortable for others comes naturally to employees of Hill York. And that includes bringing the comforts of home to families in need. On May 24, a team of Hill York volunteers did exactly that as they joined Habitat For Humanity of Brevard County to help build a new home for a single mom in Palm Bay.

Employees from Hill York’s Melbourne office, including Paul DeKany, Mike Mize, Janira Quintana, and David Bowden, pitched in for four hours at the site doing demolition work. Plans are in place for these and other Hill Yorkers to volunteer more time on this project and additional ones through the summer.

The house will be home to a single mother of four who joined one of her daughters in working alongside the Hill York volunteers.

“It’s gratifying knowing you are helping a family overcome setbacks in life to get a step further,” said Hill Yorker Paul Dekany, who’s heading up the summer volunteer effort. “It’s a great opportunity to support real people in the community and give back for all the blessings we are fortunate to have.”

Earlier this year, Hill York pledged to channel its passion as comfort providers to more charitable causes in 2014. Its outreach campaign, “Hill York Helps: Comforting Those In Need,” engages employees in four offices throughout Florida in a companywide effort to volunteer a combined total of 500 hours in their communities. Representing a significant commitment to making life more comfortable for a wide range of people, to date the pledge has resulted in 246 volunteer hours logged and over $5,350 in donated goods and money.

Habitat For Humanity of Brevard County is dedicated to building the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership. Habitat builds and rehabs simple, quality dwellings in partnership with low-income families and the community. The organization sells them with affordable, zero percent interest mortgages, making a 30-year commitment to each new owner and to the community in which they live.

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August 2013 | Nova Southeastern University’s Central Energy Plant Projected to Save Over $17.3 Million

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Earlier this year, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) invited Hill York and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) to present on the university’s Central Energy Plant. The plant is a terrific success story because of the foresight in planning for efficiency and the savings which are projected to be 17.3 million dollars over the life of the system.

In 2008, NSU teamed up with Hill York and C. Davis Electric to create a Central Energy Plant that could sustain the university and provide for future expansion cooling while reducing run cost. The plant was built to provide chilled water to cool the campus. To reduce peak electric demand and operating costs, 19,800 ton-hours of ice storage capacity was installed. When completed, the plant will have a total of 72,200 ton-hours of ice storage capacity. The major HVAC equipment is monitored by utiliVisor, one of the tools used to fine-tune the plant to run at peak efficiency, further reducing energy usage and running costs. The chillers take advantage of off-peak utility pricing to avoid the high cost of electricity during peak hours. At full build out, the NSU chiller plant is projected to earn three million dollars in FPL rebates.

As the installation and mechanical contractor on record for the facility, Hill York was not only instrumental in the design and construction of NSU’s Central Energy Plant but also maintains its daily operations. This Central Energy Plant is recognized as one of the largest thermal energy storage systems in the United States.

During the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 104th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Hill York and NSU provided attendees with an exclusive tour of the Central Energy Plant. Held on June 5, 2013, this conference focused on highly efficient and clean district energy technologies deployed on an urban scale to deliver robust and reliable energy services.

Hill York’s President & CEO, Chip Lafferty, along with Rob Pulsifer, Hill York’s Director of Energy Services, Dr. George Hanbury, President and CEO of NSU, Pete J. Witschen, NSU’s Vice President for Facilities Management, and Al Smith, NSU’s Director of Physical Plant were honored to host worldwide industry leaders at NSU’s Central Energy Plant to promote its energy efficient features.

NSU is the largest independent institution of higher education in the Southeastern U.S. Located on a 300-acre campus in Fort Lauderdale, this university is home to more than 26,000 students.

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Some key factors contributing to the innovative design and operation of the plant are as follows:

Ice Storage Facilities

  • 19,800 ton hours of ice storage, 79,200 ton hours at full build-out
  • 30 sets of coils per ice tank, five sets of coils per stack, six stacks total

HVAC Equipment

  • Two York Compound YK Chillers (2,300 tons each)
  • Two 2-cell CCS Cooling Towers
  • Two Tranter Cross-flow Plate Frame Heat Exchangers
  • 30 BAC Ice Coils
  • Six Bell & Gossett Pumps: two 200 hp, two 150 hp, two 100 hp

Pipe –O.D. Galvanized Steel Pipe

  • 65,000 feet of pipe per stack
  • 390,000 feet or 73.86 miles of pipe total per ice tank
  • Capable of cooling 5,000,000 square feet of NSU’s campus
  • 32.5 degree chilled water leaving the plant

Electric Rooms

  • First Floor: 5,000 kVA oil filled transformers drop the voltage from 13.2 kV to 4.16 kV, C&D Technology battery system, 130 volts DC power supply, redundant charging system for GIS Switchgear Protection relays
  • Second Floor: State of the art 13.2 kV Siemens GIS Switchgear with touch screen operator, NFPA 70E arc flash compliant, gas-encapsulated bus bar technology, power monitoring system

April 2013 | Hill Yorkers Spring into Action and Donate Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods in Support of Sheridan House Family Ministries

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Spring essentially is a season of transformation. March marks that special time of year we witness a blossoming of nature, a change in weather, an awakening of our senses, a desire to “spring clean”, and even a renewal of mind, body and spirit. So it’s easy to understand why Hill York chose March to kick off their year-long collection of clothing, accessories, and home goods in support of Sheridan House Family Ministries.

Hill York’s clothing collection encourages Hill Yorkers to donate new, nearly new or gently-used items year round to the Sheridan House Clothing Boutique benefiting the Single Mother’s Ministry. After just one month, Hill Yorkers have donated several bags of clothing, shoes, handbags, and even a sorbet maker!

The process is simple. Hill Yorkers conduct a spring cleaning of sorts to find items suitable for donation; they bag the items, label the bags and deposit them at the specified drive boxes. The bagged donations are brought to the Sheridan House at the end of each month. They are sorted and placed in the Clothing Boutique.

You may be wondering why the Sheridan House Clothing Boutique is so special to the single mothers of Sheridan House. It is a free, feel-good, shopping experience unlike any other. It is an opportunity to choose items and household goods that help bring comfort to their lives and their children during a challenging time.

Rather than simply supplying a “hand out,” Sheridan House Family Ministries strive to offer single mothers in the tri-county area a “hand up.” They offers assistance in areas such as finances, parenting, resume preparation, interviewing, meal planning on a budget, appropriate dress, and more. The goal is to equip the single moms with the training and knowledge necessary to succeed in life.

Embrace the spring season as a chance to renew your spirit and participate in some community service. Hill York has long been a charitable supporter of Sheridan House and you can too. Learn more about how you can donate or volunteer visit http://www.sheridanhouse.org/web/.

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Two leaders in their fields. Hill York Offers Expert Commercial Chiller Installation in Miami. At one time Barry University faced a challenge. With the start of the school year coming up fast, two of their older dorms needed a major overhaul of the air conditioning system. The clock was ticking and the work that had to be done would require an extremely rare combination of expertise, innovation and efficiency. In fact, history would have to be made. They called the right team.

On July 16, 2012, The Comfort Champions of Hill York installed a 300-ton water cooled modular chiller plant in a single day. You can watch it right now in 2 minutes, 36 seconds. See why the cool schools call Hill York. Hill York offers expert commercial chiller installation in Miami and throughout Florida. Browse our site and learn more.

Expert Commercial Chiller Installations in MiamiSchools and hospitals can lower energy expenses dramatically by increasing the efficiency of their current chiller using sustainable energy solutions. Before leaping into new technology, do your homework about finding the right company that offers expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida. There are only a handful of qualified companies that offer expert commercial chiller installation in Miami and install chillers that specialize in wireless technologies. Schools interested in retrofitting their air conditioning system to optimize efficiency, should consider several factors before partnering with a a company that offers expert commercial chiller installation in Miami:

• Look for a company that is MSCA Green Star Certified
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• Ask the contractor how they company would retro-fit a greener air conditioning system to meet the design drawbacks presented in the current structure
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Hill York offers expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida.

Two leaders in their fields. Hill York Offers Expert Commercial Chiller Installation in South Florida. At one time Barry University faced a challenge. With the start of the school year coming up fast, two of their older dorms needed a major overhaul of the air conditioning system. The clock was ticking and the work that had to be done would require an extremely rare combination of expertise, innovation and efficiency. In fact, history would have to be made. They called the right team.

On July 16, 2012, The Comfort Champions of Hill York installed a 300-ton water cooled modular chiller plant in a single day. You can watch it right now in 2 minutes, 36 seconds. See why the cool schools call Hill York. Hill York offers expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida and throughout Florida. Browse our site and learn more.

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Expert Commercial Chiller Installations in South FloridaSchools and hospitals can lower energy expenses dramatically by increasing the efficiency of their current chiller using sustainable energy solutions. Before leaping into new technology, do your homework about finding the right company that offers expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida. There are only a handful of qualified companies that offer expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida and install chillers that specialize in wireless technologies. Schools interested in retrofitting their air conditioning system to optimize efficiency, should consider several factors before partnering with a a company that offers expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida:

• Look for a company that is MSCA Green Star Certified. Learn more at http://www.msca.org/.
• Partner with a company that offers expert commercial chiller installation in South Florida. One that can furnish a lengthy list of customers who have implemented a wireless management system
• Ask the contractor how they company would retro-fit a greener air conditioning system to meet the design drawbacks presented in the current structure
• Inquire about LEED credits and whether the contractor is an accredited professional
• Offers prompt disaster recovery response before and after events

January 2013 | An Exercise In Champion-Caliber Integrity

The basic mindset of a Comfort Champion is simple: Do whatever it takes to exceed the customer’s needs and expectations. In this case, it was a potential customer’s first impression with Hill York that was at stake.

Hill Yorker Gesus Sainz de la Maza met the South Florida corporate facilities manager of an upscale national fitness club chain. Gesus became aware that the club was questioning work that their current mechanical contractor was recommending. He saw an opportunity and sprung into action, volunteering to bring his service manager and check the units in question. This simple act showed the customer that Gesus cared about their problem and sincerely wanted to help.

The club’s current mechanical contractor had informed them that a particular unit was leaking refrigerant and another very likely should be replaced. Gesus submitted a proposal to have a technician thoroughly inspect the units. Service manager Andres DeCordova showed up the next day. This was not an easy task due to the location of the units.

It turned out that none of the work the mechanical contractor recommended was needed. There was no refrigerant leak nor did the other unit have to be replaced. The coil simply had to be cleaned and the bearings changed. The customer was excited with the news as well as very impressed with Andres.

This genuine act of caring enabled Hill York to gain the customer’s trust and business. Along with taking care of the immediate problem, the corporate facilities manager also asked Gesus to provide a proposal for the maintenance of all three club locations in Miami.

It’s about acting with integrity and dedication to exceed customer needs and expectations. Our sales and operations team did an excellent job of adding value to show the fitness club that we are The Comfort Champions.

Nice work, Gesus and Andres. Gold medal performances all the way!

Julio A. Hernandez, Service Manager
Hill York Fort Lauderdale Branch

January 2013 | Making The Grade In Customer Confidence

The power of The Comfort Champions culture at Hill York is on display daily in the above-and-beyond performances of our employees. But sometimes the trust of a customer with special insight into the Hill York approach is what pre-empts our competition.

In 2012, we were asked to look at a problem at a nationally-recognized liberal arts college. When they hit a major dilemma with water flow in their building they knew who to call.

Upon arrival, John Lyons, west coast project manager, and Paul Maneely, account manager, took an overall look at the piping system in question. They identified the presence of constant air intrusion and determined that a plugged strainer was the cause. The bigger issue was that the isolation valves did not close completely and the college was afraid to drain the building before a scheduled big event.

John Lyons decided he could pull the strainer and clean it “on the fly,” a term that usually scares everyone as you never know when Murphy’s Law will rear up and make things go badly. But John, with the assistance of Chuck Partin, pulled the strainer without a hitch, which allowed water to flow and the building to cool better than it had in quite awhile.

The kicker to the story is the identity of the customer. The new chief engineer at the college formerly worked for Hill York and knew that we were the best team for the job. His personal experience told him that he was getting a company that brings industry-leading expertise and Comfort Champion passion that no one else can match.

We expect to see more of this customer in the future as work with the college comes available. He trusts our ability to turn problems into solutions and deliver “wow” experiences. After all, how could The Comfort Champions of Hill York do anything less?

Michael Blasi, Service Manager
Hill York Sarasota Branch

November 2012 | Hill York Makes A Difference In The Lives Of Sheridan House Families In Need.

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Hill York hearts were full of gratitude this holiday season, as they participated in not one but two special Sheridan House drives to give support and aid to South Florida families in need.

Sheridan House was established in 1968 as a home for boys with behavioral issues. Since then, the Sheridan House Residential Program has grown from one home caring for eight boys to five homes caring for almost 70 middle-school aged boys and girls each year. Additionally, over the last 40+ years, the vision to help today’s family has expanded dramatically. In their quest to respond to families in need, they created a social services division for single parents who are currently experiencing a serious short term economic need.

In the spirit of giving thanks, Hill Yorkers came together to donate hearty Thanksgiving meals in support of Sheridan House’s Annual Food Drive. Sheridan House continues to provide relief by collecting donations of canned goods, dry foods and 14 lb. turkeys to provide families in crisis a full family-style traditional Thanksgiving meal. These goods are distributed in an effort to ease the financial stress of a hurting family and offer hope.

Then just as Thanksgiving came to pass, Hill York began collecting unwrapped toys for Sheridan House’s Annual Toy Drive. All toy and gift certificate donations are used to pack the SH Christmas Toy Shoppe with presents in hopes of giving every child the joyous experience of opening at least one gift on Christmas morning.

Hill York has long been a charitable supporter of Sheridan House and you can too. Learn more about how you can donate or volunteer visit http://www.sheridanhouse.org/web/