Harrington Engineering wins award for armed forces reserve center project

ROCKY HILL, CONN. — Harrington Engineering Inc. received an Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Connecticut for its Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) project in New Windsor, N.Y.

This year’s Connecticut ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Program was held at the Aqua Turf Country Club in Southington, Conn., Jan. 28, 2010, and represents the organization’s premiere competition within the construction industry by recognizing outstanding construction projects.

Harrington Engineering was responsible for the mechanical, electrical, HVAC and fire projection design and installation portion of a sustainable campus/facility jointly shared by the Armed Forces Reserve and the New York Army National Guard.

This SPiRiT Gold certified facility includes four structures: a two-story 75,000-sq.ft. training facility with designated areas for both the Armed Forces Reserve and the New York Army National Guard; a 15,000-sq.ft. maintenance building; and two 1,200-sq.ft. storage facilities.

SPiRiT is the sustainable project rating system that has been used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 2001. It’s similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Highlights of this project include an energy consumption level 30% below ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1 baseline building, high-efficiency water heater heating, ventilation air energy recovery, variable airflow air conditioning systems, energy-efficient lighting, a well-insulated building envelope and water-conserving plumbing fixtures.