Modern American cities mark a new era of sustainability with Bell & Gossett
Commercial building boom showcases innovation and commitment to sustainability.
A tremendous rise in commercial construction is reshaping the skylines of major cities across North America, with Xylem Bell & Gossett’s unparalleled systems expertise helping to equip the buildings of the future with sustainable, advanced hydronic HVAC and plumbing system solutions, the company stated.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, commercial construction spending in the United States topped $93 billion in 2018 — levels not seen since 2008 — with cities from New York to Los Angeles unveiling architectural marvels and promoting a new era of sustainability, from the highest building west of the Mississippi River in Los Angeles to the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere in Manhattan, New York. Likewise, there are more than 600 commercial buildings under construction or slated for development in Toronto as population is booming in the fourth largest city in North America.
"Cities in every region of North America are continually evolving, and Bell & Gossett is helping the market grow by meeting the new needs of commercial building users," said Tom Haffner, director of marketing — Commercial Buildings Americas, Xylem. "With more than a century of experience in HVAC and plumbing solutions, Bell & Gossett provides architects, engineers and facility professionals the technology and expertise needed to keep pace with the changing design, use and operation of today's structures."
Bell & Gossett’s network of manufacturer’s representatives possesses deep component and system knowledge combined with an enduring commitment to customer service to solve facility challenges with Bell & Gossett products, city by city and project by project, including:
- B&G Detroit rep R.L. Deppmann helped devise a new plumbing system for a development in what was a long-vacant building once destined for demolition, to ensure the smart use of water throughout the Westin’s new ecofriendly boutique Element Hotel;
- For the new Harvard District Energy Facility focused on the smart use of energy, efficient Bell & Gossett products were selected to help achieve energy goals by B&G’s Boston rep, FIA; and
- B&G Chicago rep Bornquist has been involved with the Chicago Department of Aviation’s multiyear, multiphase improvement project to O’Hare International Airport’s mechanical systems, which now boasts one of the largest heat and recovery plants in the world, and features Bell & Gossett pumps.
“Our trusted representatives work closely with Bell & Gossett engineers and project partners to ensure hydronic systems meet the goals of each unique project — from delivering reliable pumping power to saving space in mechanical rooms to meeting energy targets — and providing occupant comfort for years to come,” Haffner said. “Bell & Gossett is proud to be associated with some of the most innovative and iconic commercial buildings of our time.”
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Solving more than buildings
As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Bell & Gossett launched the Watermark 20/20 initiative during the AHR Expo in partnership with its extensive network of manufacturer’s representatives. Through Watermark, Xylem’s acclaimed corporate citizenship and social investment program, Bell & Gossett and its representative network are going beyond buildings to solve water-related issues in the United States.
Bell & Gossett has challenged members of its representative network to identify and complete 20 impactful projects in communities across the country throughout the year. Projects will be completed with the help of local organizations with a shared sustainability/building efficiency mission. The Watermark 20/20 initiative is an extension of Bell & Gossett’s 2019 effort to involve its partners in providing and protecting safe water resources for local communities.
Last year, Bell & Gossett joined with several manufacturer’s reps to advance the Xylem Watermark mission on various projects including:
- Protecting the San Francisco watershed by removing invasive plants along the shoreline with California Hydronics Corp. in Hayward, California;
- Repairing irrigation systems and improving drainage at Aurora Water-wise Garden with McNevin Co. in Aurora, Colorado; and
- Raising funds for Watermark and water scarcity projects with Mulcahy Co. in Eagan, Minnesota.
“The Watermark 20/20 initiative is a prime example of how we’re engaging our stakeholders to help address water challenges,” Haffner said. “Bell & Gossett and its rep network and other partners are committed to making a difference in the places where we live and work by cleaning up waterways, raising awareness and taking action.”