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HVAC Systems Help Keep Popular Landmarks Comfortable

Posted by Jordan on Dec 19, 2014 11:53:49 AM

Famous Buildings With Carrier Systems

Many of us take the comfort and protection we get from an HVAC system for granted, or at least don’t think
 about it too often. But not only are these systems responsible for the comfort in homes, offices and buildings all across the world, but they help heat and cool some pretty amazing landmarks, too – places that get a lot of attention and visitors. Let’s take a tour around the world of famous buildings with Carrier systems. AdobeStock_5043535.jpeg

The United States

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (Alexandria, Virginia)

This historical home, which belonged to the first president of the United States, George Washington, is one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. and hosts about 1 million visitors each year. In order to preserve the 18th-century home from the elements inside and out, the Carrier team was asked to come up with an environmental control system that wouldn’t modify the home’s appearance, but protect the home so future generations could continue to experience it.

Sears Tower In Chicago (Renamed Willis Tower in 2009)

When this skyscraper was built in 1971 it was the tallest building in the world. Carrier was awarded the principal air conditioning contract to help cool the 110-floor building. Now that’s a lot of comfortable conference rooms!


The Sistine Chapel (Rome, Italy) 

One of the crown jewels of the art world, the Sistine Chapel, is known as Michelangelo’s greatest work of Sistine Chapel art. It may also contain Carrier’s greatest masterpiece too, an innovative HVAC system that protects frescoes against deterioration with a system that manages flow, humidity, quality andtemperature of the air, maintains sound at “church-quiet” levels, is virtually invisible to visitors and uses pre-existing duct openings. The system can also be adapted for future needs, so visitors century after century can experience the brilliance of the chapel.


Beijing National Stadium and the National Aquatic Center (Beijing, China)

The 2008 Olympic games inChina stood out as a marvel for modern architecture with the Beijing National Stadium, also known as “The Bird’s Nest.” Not only did it host fierce competition and stunning opening and closing ceremonies, but also featured Carrier air-handling units and the first Chinese-produced HVAC product certified by EN 1886, the highest international HVAC standard.

Carrier’s impact on the Beijing Olympics wasn’t just felt in the air, but also in the water of the pools at the National Aquatic Center. As worldwide audiences watched swimming records get shattered, Carrier technology was at work underwater, heating the pool with repurposed energy. Carrier centrifugal chillers recovered and reused more than 50 percent of the exhaust heat from the building’s air conditioning systems to keep the water comfortable for the best swimmers in the world.


Local Landmark

We should also mention a Minnesota building that played a key role in HVAC history. You can’t visit it anymore, but the first mechanical air conditioning system in any home in the country was installed in Minneapolis in 1914 at the Charles Gates mansion on the shores of Lake of the Isles. The climate control unit designed by Willis Carrier was a behemoth at 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, 20 feet long. Ammonia was used as the refrigerant. Unfortunately, the historic Minneapolis home was only occupied for a few years before it was razed in 1933.

New Ballpark

The new home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field, is cooled by Carrier. You wouldn’t think that a Minnesota outdoor stadium would need any air conditioning, but consider all of the suites, locker rooms, offices, concession areas, and other indoor spaces, and it adds up to four very large units that can be seen across the railroad tracks, just north of the ballpark.  

Honorable Mentions:

  • Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence, Italy)
  • Singapore Expo (Singapore, China) - Asia's largest exhibition center.
  • The Great Hall of the People (Beijing, China)
  • ITC Hotel Royal Gardenia (Bengaluru, India) - The world’s largest, and Asia’s first, LEED Platinum® rated green hotel.

Next time you walk into a modern landmark or a historical attraction, you may think twice about what goes into keeping it running. From stadiums to skyscrapers, and great halls to great works of art, Carrier is proud to keep visitors comfortable, preserve history and lead innovation for a greener future. 

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