DENVER, CO – Denver will be hosting the 2013 ASHRAE Summer Conference and, as in years past, ASHRAE has asked the host chapter to select and take on a sustainability project in its local community to later be featured at the conference. When discussions started about the 2013 Sustainability Project at the Rocky Mountain ASHRAE chapter, ASHRAE member and MTech Mechanical’s Kevin Madigan saw a need his company could fill. Having a vested interest in giving back to the community it does business in, MTech Mechanical committed to a Platinum Sponsorship ($25,000+) for the 2013 ASHRAE Sustainability Project.

The Rocky Mountain ASHRAE chapter selected the dilapidated Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Shelter as its subject for the sustainability project. The Lawrence Street Shelter is the Denver Rescue Mission’s most recognizable and utilized facility, housing up to 300 male-only occupants a night, facilitating three daily meals for men, women, and families, as well as providing medical services and social improvement programs. Due to extensive use, the facility’s systems have deteriorated over the years leaving the shelter with poor ventilation, little heat, and only enough hot water to get through fifteen minutes of showers.

ASHRAE, along with its members, drafted nine Energy Conservation Measures encompassing heating and ventilation upgrades, lighting upgrades, as well as plumbing and hot water upgrades to create better conditions for the Lawrence Street Shelter and its occupants. In January 2013, MTech Mechanical started on its scope of work for its assigned ECM by replacing and upgrading the energy recovery ventilation system. Partnering with Hercules, Windsor Crane, ATS Temp Controls, and Integrity Electric, MTech Mechanical and its partners donated over $75,000 in labor and equipment to help improve the Lawrence Street Shelter.

The Denver Rescue Mission Lawrence Street Shelter project is scheduled for completion in April 2013, at which point energy monitoring will commence and take place over the next couple of months. Results from the energy monitoring and project completion will be reviewed at the ASHRAE Summer Conference June 22nd through June 26th in Denver.

MTech Mechanical would like to thank its valued partners for helping bring warmth and comfort to the many who go without.

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