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Boiler Installation at 145 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY
Completed June 2015


ABILENE UNDERTAKES A MAJOR PROJECT TO CONVERT A LUXURY BUILDING FROM CON EDISON STEAM TO NATURAL GAS OPERATION.

February 2015 – After approximately a year of evaluation and design, Abilene has been awarded the contract to convert the luxury building located at 145 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY from Con Edison supplied steam to Natural Gas operation.

The project involves the construction of a “mostly glass” boiler room enclosure on the roof of the building adjacent to the 145 Fourth Avenue building. The new boiler room will contain a new ultra-high efficiency Best Boiler coupled with a state-of-the-art Industrial Combustion combination gas/oil burner. The heating control system was designed by Heat Timer Corp and will precisely regulate the amount of heat delivered to the building based upon the outside temperature AND the temperatures measured in various locations throughout the building. Although the system is going to burn clean Natural Gas as its primary fuel, it is capable of burning #2 fuel oil should the need arise.

The project was awarded to Abilene on a total turn-key basis. All aspects of the project will be performed and supervised by Abilene personnel. It is anticipated that the new system will be up and running for the next heating season.

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ABILENE AWARDED MAJOR BOILER ROOM RENOVATION PROJECT

April 7, 2014 — Abilene is pleased to announce that it has been selected for the renovation of the boiler room and heating plant equipment at the Seaview Towers complex located in Far Rockaway, New York.

Built in the 1960’s, the two towers that comprise Seaview Towers house almost 500 families. The buildings are currently undergoing a major renovation project; from the basements to the roofs. Abilene’s role will be to remove the existing forty-year old boilers and install a new high-efficiency heating plant in one of the buildings. The second building will be heated via an underground steam supply piping system originating in the boiler room and terminating at a steam-to-water heat exchanger system located in the adjacent building.

The building containing the boilers will receive three Best Boilers high-efficiency scotch-marine style steam boilers rated at 350 horsepower each, coupled with state-of-the-art Industrial Combustion combination gas/oil burners. The heating distribution system will be controlled by a Heat Timer hot water reset control system, and domestic hot water temperature will be regulated by a Tour & Anderson (PDF) electronic tempering valve system.

Heat and hot water services to the building will be provided by Abilene’s own state-of-the-art Mobile Steam Boiler units so that there will be no interruption of service to the tenants during the renovation project.

Construction on the project is currently underway and the new heating plants will be fully operational in time for the 2007-2008 heating season.

We will continue to issue press releases to update you on our progress.


ABILENE AWARDED MAJOR HEATING PLANT PROJECT

April 3, 2010 – Abilene, Inc. is proud to announce that it has been awarded the contract to install two self-contained heating plants in the Kips Bay Towers Condominium complex located in lower Manhattan.

The multi-tower Kips Bay Towers Condominium complex, designed by world famous architect I.M. Pei, is presently heated by steam purchased from Consolidated Edison and delivered to the buildings via an underground high-pressure piping system. The project at hand involves the re-allocation of basement space and the construction of boiler rooms in both towers. New stainless-steel chimneys will be installed in existing compactor chutes and oil tanks will be installed in areas previously used for storage. Each building will receive two Best Boilers high-efficiency steam boilers, coupled with state-of-the-art Industrial Combustion combination gas/oil burners. The Owners will have the ability to burn either Natural Gas or #2, #4 or #6 fuel oil, at their option, based upon price and availability considerations, at any time of the year. The entire system will be controlled by a highly sophisticated and very reliable Heat Timer control system. Construction on the project is currently underway and the new heating plants will be fully operational in time for the 2007-2008 heating season.

This exciting project was designed, engineered and will be overseen by Mr. Ralph Germain of Robert F. Germain M.E., P.E. and Mr. Keith Werny of Cooper Square Realty Corp.


ABILENE COMPLETES MAJOR BOILER ROOM RENOVATION

December 18, 2010, — Abilene, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed the large scale renovation of the heating plant and boiler room at 210 West 101st Street, New York, NY.

This upper west side apartment building was suffering from overwhelming heating plant repair and maintenance costs as well as excessively high fuel bills, primarily due to the age of it’s heating plant. Abilene was contacted by Marina Higgins of The Argo Corporation, one of New York City’s premier property owners and property management firms, for help with the problem. Working closely with Ms. Higgins and the building staff to identify the problems in the building, Abilene’s in-house engineering team designed and planned a complete boiler room renovation. The challenges were relatively simple: the project had to be completed at a competitive price; the equipment installed had to be state-of-the-art and easy to operate; the project had to be completed under a strict timetable; the entire process had to be “invisible” to the tenants of the building; and there could be absolutely no “extras” once the project began.

The first phase of the project involved the demolition and removal of several old boilers, piping, controls, water tanks and the fuel oil storage tank. Service to the building was uninterrupted during this process as Abilene provided it’s own state-of-the-art Mobile Steam Boiler Unit to provide the tenants with heat and hot water during the entire process. The demolition and removal phase was followed by the installation of a new boiler room floor with a new hi-capacity drainage system, the fabrication of a new above-ground fuel oil storage tank and the thorough cleaning and painting of the boiler room.

The new heating plant consists of an ultra high efficiency “Best Boilers” Scotch-Marine style steam heating boiler coupled with an “Industrial Combustion” air atomizing gas/oil burner and state-of-the-art microprocessor heating control system. Also included in the project was a Tour & Andersson electronic domestic hot water control system.

Abilene is pleased to announce that the project was finished on-time, on-budget and all of the challenges were easily addressed.

We look forward to future projects with The Argo Corporation, one of New York City’s largest and most innovative property management firms.


ABILENE, INC. ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF NEW ELECTRICAL DIVISION

November 1, 2001 — Abilene is pleased to announce the implementation of it’s new Electrical Contracting division.

Abilene Electric, Inc., headed by New York City Licensed Master Electrician Vincent Logozzo will expand Abilene’s contracting abilities into all phases of commercial, industrial and residential electrical contracting. We feel that the addition of Vincent to our staff will further our abilities to provide complete turn-key in-house service to our client base. Vincent’s broad range of experience, supported by Abilene’s well known administrative abilities is a recipe for success. We encourage Management Companies and Property Owners to contact us for assistance with any electrical contracting or electrical repair problems which they may face.