101 Avenue of the Americas

Solving a challenge/Conserving capital

When the owner of a 425,000 GSF office tower was in the process of redeveloping this Class A property, it turned to Fulcrum to evaluate the proposed improvements to the original 22 year old HVAC infrastructure. Fulcrum's building systems expertise and ability to look beyond the 'obvious' had already been successfully demonstrated to the owner on other properties in their real estate portfolio.

In this case, a new high-tech tenant's HVAC demands, including the need for a 24 hour uninterrupted circulating hot water supply, even in emergency conditions, were projected to require a significant increase in HVAC capacity and thus a significant capital investment.

Fulcrum reviewed the new tenant's HVAC requirements as well as the design engineer’s proposed solutions, and then proceeded to investigate alternative solutions which would provide the needed services without a major capital investment. Fulcrum’s technical team determined that relatively modest improvements to the building’s condenser water system would support the building’s new HVAC demands not only significantly reducing the owner’s capital investment, but also generating a sizeable reduction in the building's peak energy demand.

Fulcrum worked with the owner's design engineer to develop the design concept for this upgrade and to provide the owner with the data necessary to secure incentive funding from Con Edison's Demand Management Program for the system improvement. Fulcrum then provided the owner with complete construction management services to oversee the installation and commissioning of this critical improvement to the building's HVAC infrastructure.