… Minneapolis Hotel to Convert to Hyatt Following a $20 M Renovation

Source:  John Vomhof Jr., St Paul Business Journal / ATRS-Media

November 8, 2012

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has acquired the Comfort Suites Hotel in downtown Minneapolis and will rebrand it as a Hyatt Place following a $20million renovation.  Upon completion of that renovation Summit Hotel Properties Inc. plans to buy the 216 room hotel from Hyatt, which will continue to manage it…. The hotel, located at 425 S. Seventh Street, occupying the middle floors of the Centre Village Building and near the Metrodome, will be renovated by general contracting giant Stahl Construction and mechanical contractor ATRService.   The brand and the ownership changes should take place the summer of 2013.

Driftwood to manage the Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas

Source: Hotel On-Line News / Hotel Management.Com/ ATRS- Media

October 12, 2012

Driftwood Hospitality Management acquired the Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental. With eight hotels that average over 430 guestrooms and over 33,500 square feet of function space, located less than one mile from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, this addition signifies Driftwood’s rapid expansion within the large, upscale sector…  Once again Driftwood has contracted with industry leading mechanical contractor, ATRService of Atlanta, to spearhead a total renovation of the hotel’s HVAC and plumbing.  Reliance Construction, as the general contractor will take the helm and oversee the $6 million renovation of the hotel which includes a full new level of redesign and comfort to all guestrooms and public areas.  The Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental joins several other recent additions to Driftwood’s full-service owned and managed portfolio.  The diverse background of Driftwood’s executive team brings an inherent understanding of the very specific needs and priorities of properties this size,” said Steve Johnson, EVP of Acquisitions at Driftwood Hospitality Management. “Our flexibility means we are able to quickly tailor an approach, management style and strategic growth plan to each of these hotels and resorts, ensuring their individual needs are met with a dual emphasis on employee and guest satisfaction.”

ATRService Opens a Minnesota Office

August 21, 2012

ATRService has extended its reach across the country with the opening of new office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The new branch office will be headed by ATRService Managing Member Tony Gatewood and John Huikko, formerly of Exhibit Plumbing. This new office will serve customers across the state and Northeast region.  In the announcement President David Glidden said, “First of all we are excited about Tony Gatewood heading up our efforts there and John’s recruitment in Minnesota brings a ton of local experience and expertise across the region, and that is what we look for as we move across the country.”  ATRService is a Georgia based, nationally recognized mechanical contractor serving the hospitality industry with current projects in Atlanta, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Florida, Maryland and Pittsburg.

ATRService Unites with IDC Construction

June 1, 2012

ATRService announced today three new projects across the country with IDC Construction.  ATRService, one of the nation’s leading design/build mechanical contracting firms will start work this quarter with IDC in Atlanta (Le Meridien Hotel), Birmingham (Wynfrey Hotel) and Minneapolis (University Hotel).  IDC will utilize ATRService’s full plethora of experience and expertise in the areas of HVAC Systems, BAS Controls, Energy Recovery Systems and Plumbing.  A national leader in the hospitality industry, IDC Construction, has completed over $600 million in hospitality renovation and new construction projects, including Product Improvement Plans and property reflagging; clients include premier leaders in the industry such as InterContinental Hotels, Marriott, Hilton and LXR Resorts.

Sheraton Columbus Hotel Cleans Up with ATRService

April 18, 2012

Driftwood Hospitality has engaged ATRService for a complete relocation and replacement of its laundry room facility at their Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square in downtown Columbus Ohio.  “This is one of the many projects we’ve had the pleasure of working for Driftwood on and it is one of the most challenging,” indicates ATRService President David Glidden.  This project will not only include the removal, equipment upgrade and relocation of the current laundry room to another location within the hotel, but “most challenging” a total redesign and construction a new exhaust system.  “This project is not only about energy efficiency, lower operating cost, but more importantly the new ventilation system will make the laundry area cleaner, safer and more comfortable for staff and employees.

ATRService “Crownes”  the New Sheraton Airport Hotel, Pittsburg, PA

March 25, 2012

ATRService, one of the nation’s leading design/build contracting firms, will begin today a complete HVAC and plumbing renovation of the newly flagged Sheraton Airport Hotel, formerly the Crowne Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Airport.  The hotel will remain fully operational during the renovation which includes a complete gutting of the hotel’s mechanical and plumbing system; tasks include the removal and replacement of a rooftop unit, three large air handling units, PTAC replacement, and the total removal, re-piping and replacement of all hotel fixturing, domestic water and associated water heating and softener systems.

ATRService “Takes the Sting Out of Hot Water Bills” at Holiday Inn & Suites, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

December 12, 2011

ATLANTA – ATRService, a national commercial HVAC company, will begin operations next month at the Holiday Inn & Suites Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  ATRService President David Glidden estimates this renovation, a total removal, redesign and replacement of the six floor, 300 room hotel’s “domestic hot water system”, could represent an operational saving of 50% off the hotel’s monthly hot water bill.  ATRService will begin….

ATRService Manufacture Highlight:  Johnson Controls, Mechanical Systems, Integrated Controls

Johnson Control’s announces a new brand of commercial HVAC control systems specifically for light commercial use and designed for non-tech staff.

Johnson Controls, Mechanical Systems, Integrated Controls

December 10, 2011

MILWAUKEE – York® Commercial Comfort Systems (YCCS), a broad range of mechanical systems and integrated controls for the commercial building environment, have been enhanced. The units feature factory-installed controls and factory-configured components specially designed for commercial and light commercial users. This integrated system of equipment, HVAC controls, and accessories allows nontechnical building staff to navigate, monitor, and control functions from a single intuitive user interface. Using YCCS, building owners and operators can network single-zone, constant-volume HVAC units, multiple changeover bypass, or VAV-zoned systems, or have a combination of both. YCCS application-specific unit controllers feature standalone functionality in a microprocessor-based device, providing internal time-clock functions for daily programming capability, holiday scheduling, and automatic daylight savings time adjustment. YCCS Version 1.2 is a factory-installed option for all York light commercial products, including the Sunline and Predator packaged gas/electric, heat pumps, and hot gas reheat models. The system is also available as an option for Predator 7.5–25-ton split systems and Millennium 30–50-ton split systems. In addition, VAV factory-installed controllers — easily accessible in both UST and YORKWorks® software platforms — are now offered in all York 6.5-65-ton commercial rooftop models. Dedicated YCCS VAV boxes are available without a fan or with a series of parallel fan options. Heating options include both electric heat and hot water.

President Obama Announces $4 Billion investment to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

December 02, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton take a tour of the upgrades of the Transwestern Building in Washington, Dec. 2, 2011. This morning, President Obama met with former President Bill Clinton to announce the next piece of the “We Can’t Wait” campaign — a $4 billion effort to improve energy efficiency in buildings across the country.  The two were joined by Tom Donohue — the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — and Randi Weingarten — the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The group toured a building in northwest Washington that’s currently seeing an efficiency upgrade. That improvement employs around 250 full-time workers and will save the building $200,000 a year on its energy bills.  Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways for us to create jobs, save money, and cut down on harmful pollution, President Obama said:

It is a trifecta, which is why you’ve got labor and business behind it.  It could save our businesses up to $40 billion a year on their energy bills – money better spent growing and hiring new workers.  It would boost manufacturing of energy-efficient materials.  And when millions of construction workers have found themselves out of work since the housing bubble burst, it will put them back to work doing the work that America needs done.  So this is an idea whose time has come.

As part of today’s announcement, President Obama directed all Federal agencies to make at least $2 billion worth of energy efficiency upgrades over the next two months. Additionally, 60 private companies, hospitals, cities, states, colleges, and universities, among others, have collectively committed another $2 billion in energy efficiency retrofits to 1.6 billion square feet of property—roughly the equivalent of 500 Empire State Buildings…. more


ATRService’s Holiday Inn & Suites, Airport North, Atlanta,  “On Time, On Target”

November 20, 2011

ATLANTA – Today ATRService President David Glidden announced the complete deliver and installation of a 250 Ton Chiller and indicated the ATRService project in conjunction with JC Beal Construction is on time on time, on target and on budget for an April 1, 2012 grand opening.  This will mark the close of a full renovation by ATRService, a national design/build HVAC contractor, of the building’s HVAC System, Controls and Indoor Air Recovery System. The new Holiday Inn and Suites property, a 4 story, 329 guest room, hotel and conference center boasts….

U.S. Department of Energy Announces: More than $60 million in Recovery Act funding to expand local energy efficiency efforts in 20 communities

June 11, 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that 20 communities have been selected for more than $60 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that will reduce energy use by American homes, vehicles, and businesses.  Local governments, nonprofit organizations and quasi-governmental organizations are among the recipients for the competitive grants, administered under the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

“These projects will stimulate the economy and create jobs on the main streets of local communities across the nation through innovative investments in energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power generation,” said Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson. “We already have proven technologies to reduce energy use at home and at work. These projects will provide access to those tools for more Americans, saving money for thousands of families and businesses.”

These awards were open to local communities that were not eligible to receive the initial, population-based formula grants under the EECBG program.  The projects announced today will continue to build on the Recovery Act’s historic down-payment for a clean energy future, empowering local communities to address their clean energy priorities through projects such as residential, commercial and municipal energy efficiency retrofits, efficiency improvements to transportation systems, and installations of renewable energy systems to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Award selections for the competitive EECBG program targeted innovative approaches that will help demonstrate the high rate of return on efficiency and renewable energy investments, achieve significant long-term benefits for the community, and act as a model for future public or private energy efficiency efforts.

Specifically, the funding supports projects that deliver energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings and establish financing programs for energy efficiency improvements. Other activities will include transportation programs that conserve energy through trip reduction strategies and alternative transportation options, projects to increase recycling and reduce the energy demands of delivering and supplying clean water through water efficiency and conservation measures, the installation of energy efficient street lights, and the integrated deployment of renewable energy systems in conjunction with energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings.

The award recipients were selected through a competitive review process that took into account the expected energy savings and reduced emissions impacts of the projects, leveraged investments from other non-federal sources, and whether the project could be replicated and expanded to contribute to a sustainable market for energy efficiency nationally. Projects that proposed innovative approaches and identified and addressed ways to overcome institutional, regulatory, or market barriers were also favored.

As part of the accountability requirements under the Recovery Act, all grant recipients are required to submit quarterly reports on the number of jobs created or saved under the project, the energy saved, the renewable energy capacity installed, the greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and the funds leveraged.

The following communities have been selected for awards under the competitive EECBG program:

  1. City of Tanana – Tanana, Alaska ($1,500,000)
  2. Central Basin Municipal Water District – Commerce, California ($2,000,000)
  3. County of Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara County, California ($2,401,309)
  4. Eagle County – Eagle County, Colorado ($4,916,126)
  5. Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Rocky Hill, Connecticut ($4,171,124)
  6. St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners – St. Lucie County, Florida ($2,941,500)
  7. Indiana Municipal Power Agency – Carmel, Indiana ($5,000,000)
  8. City of West Union – West Union, Iowa ($1,000,000)
  9. Riley County – Riley County, Kansas ($3,000,000)
  10. Town of University Park – University Park, Maryland ($1,425,000)
  11. City of Wyandotte – Wyandotte, Michigan ($3,807,000)
  12. Minnesota Municipal Power Agency – Minneapolis, Minnesota ($3,398,252)
  13. Mid-America Regional Council – Kansas City, Missouri ($4,063,994)
  14. New Mexico Recycling Coalition – Santa Fe, New Mexico ($2,795,261)
  15. The Bedford-Northern Westchester Energy Action Coalition (Bedford-NWEAC) – Town of Bedford, New York ($1,267,874)
  16. Columbia County – Columbia County, Oregon ($3,461,319)
  17. Fayette County – Fayette County, Pennsylvania ($4,100,018)
  18. Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. – West Rutland, Vermont ($4,487,588)
  19. Thurston Regional Planning Council – Olympia, Washington ($2,159,021)
  20. Conservation Services Group, Inc. – City of Bainbridge Island and City of Bremerton, Washington ($4,884,614)

More information can be found on the EECGB Program website.