A New York City-based HVAC construction distributor has earned an award from Mitsubishsi for its work on a residential high rise.

Abco HVACR Supply & Solutions received a 2015 Design Excellence Award from Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. Cooling and Heating Division for its work on the Cornell Tech residential tower. Located on New York City’s Rosevelt Island, school officials say it is the first residential skyscraper built to green HVAC “passive house” standards. It will use 60 percent to 70 percent less energy for its estimated 500 students than a similarly sized conventional building. 

Abco received the award at Mitsubishi’s recent distributor conference in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 

“This installation exemplifies the versatility and flexibility our HVAC technology brings to designs for specific applications,” said Mark Kuntz, a senior vice president at Mitsubishi Electric. “Congratulations to Abco for its truly remarkable project.” 

Also involved in the project were Handel Architects, BuroHappold Engineering, the Hudson Cos. Inc., Related Cos.; and KSW Mechanical Services Inc.
“We had the best example of teamwork imaginable,” said Ron Young, Mitsubishi’s Northeast business unit commercial business director.

Abco CEO Michael Senter said the project was a collaboration. 

“Abco seeks to be the source of solutions for its customers and the clients of its customers,” Senter said. “On this exceptional project this meant integrating the Abco expertise and resources team with KSW Mechanical Services, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, the mechanical engineers of BuroHappold, Handel Architects, and the entire owner development team led by Related Companies and the Hudson Companies.”