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Mechanical Services Inc. finishes Darden Restaurants’ HQ

ORLANDO, FLA. — Mechanical Services Inc. recently completed its specialized work on Darden Restaurants’ new 450,000-sq.ft. Restaurant Support Center here. The facility features the latest in energy-saving, sustainable elements.

Based in Orlando, with an office in St. Petersburg, MSI is a leading mechanical contractor in Central and Southwest Florida. MSI was acquired last year by EMCOR Group Inc.

MSI’s scope of work on Darden Restaurants’ new Restaurant Support Center facility included the supply and installation of a 1600-ton Central Energy Plant, 24 air-handling units, 500 terminal units, 22 energy recovery units, over 100 variable frequency drives and a fully integrated energy management and control system designed by MSI. The new campus, which includes a 17,000-sq.ft. data center that was part of MSI’s scope of work, is the largest office building to be constructed in Orlando in the last decade. It is also one of the first projects of its size to apply for Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Building Design and Construction program.

“For 25 years MSI has serviced and maintained the HVAC systems at Darden’s current headquarters campus, so we were delighted to assist Darden in their commitment to maximizing work-environment quality through natural ventilation, daylighting and sustainable design elements that provides a healthy, efficient work environment,” said William Dillard, founder and CEO of MSI. “Together we made a difference by utilizing energy-efficiency measures and environmentally friendly materials that minimize the negative impact on the Earth.”

Mechanical Services Inc. provides a full array of mechanical services, including 24-hour, 365-day mobile response and preventive maintenance, on-site building operations and maintenance services as well as HVAC and plumbing construction and retrofit services. MSI offers diverse specialties including HVAC predictive maintenance and service, system commissioning, microbial mitigation, building automation, “Fast-Trac” system replacement and design-build construction.