The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (Corcoran) at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., functions both as a classroom facility as well as an art gallery. The decision to focus more on the classroom spaces – in the summer of 2015 – meant that Corcoran needed to provide each room with individualized zoned control. To do this, Aaron Anderson, the project manager from Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, selected CITY MULTI® VRF from Mitsubishi Electric.
Anderson’s team preferred Mitsubishi Electric systems over other options because of their flexibility and easy installation, even in a building with walls two feet thick. Anderson said, “We’ve worked with Mitsubishi [Electric]’s competitors before, and it just takes longer to close out the project. It’s just so much easier working with Mitsubishi [Electric] systems in an existing building.”
Corcoran is a massive building and the extreme rise and run required meant its dimensions and layout could have made connecting outdoor units to indoor units problematic. But with just two R2-Series Outdoor Units and complementary long line sets and branch boxes, the space was covered. It also helped that Anderson was working with APG. “When we would recognize new limits on our space and the rise or run of a piping line, Michael Stewart at APG was always there to keep our guys working. He knew we were in a jam and he was always there to answer the phone and provide solutions quickly,” said Anderson.
With quality products from Mitsubishi Electric and reliable support from APG, the renovation ran smoothly. “We really lucked out having the best products and the right sales people at APG to help us.”