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Mitsubishi Electric Recognizes Design Excellence Award Winners

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric), a leading manufacturer of Zoned Comfort Solutions™ and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) cooling and heating systems, announced its 2015 Design Excellence Award winners at its recent Diamond Partner Conference.

The Design Excellence Award is given to unique projects nominated by each of Mitsubishi Electric’s five business units. The following suppliers were the winners: 

2015 Design Excellence Awards

Business Unit





ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions

Cornell Tech Residential Tower

Roosevelt Island, New York, New York


Applied Product Solutions

Overstock Peace Coliseum (Global Headquarters)

Salt Lake City, Utah


Auer Steel Heating & Supply

The Retreat at Urban Plains

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


E Solutions for Buildings, LLC

Chattem Chemicals, Inc.

Brentwood, Tennessee


R.B. Akins Company

Boathouse District

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Each of these installations exemplifies the versatility and flexibility our VRF technology brings to designs for specific applications,” said Mark Kuntz, senior vice president, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division. “Congratulations to the winners in each business unit for some truly remarkable projects.” 

ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions (ABCO), Design Excellence Award winner from the Northeast Business Unit, consulted on the unique cooling and heating design for the construction of The Cornell Tech Residential Tower, also known as “The World’s Tallest Passive House.” The Cornell Tech Residential Tower, located on Roosevelt Island in New York City, will have 60 to 70 percent less energy use for the housing of 502 students than a typical building of this size. The building had unique application requirements that called for special factory and field modifications as well as special energy allocation programming. The collaboration was “the best example of teamwork imaginable,” said Ron Young, director, commercial business, Northeast Business Unit, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division.

Applied Solutions, the West Business Unit Design Excellence Winner, provided design for the Overstock Peace Coliseum, its new global headquarters. The modern building covers 252,000 square feet, has 1,556 truckloads of concrete, 158 miles of electrical wiring, 65,300 square feet of glass and 54.25 miles of post-tensioned cable.

Visit to learn more about Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.“We are extremely grateful for this award from Mitsubishi Electric and consider them a part of our team and family. The support that we get on the technical aspects is what enables us to do the iconic projects like the Overstock Peace Coliseum so they can become so successful,” said Joe Touhuni, senior sales engineer, Applied Product Solutions (APS). “We at APS believe that VRF technology is the future for the large office building market, and we look forward to being a part of that future. The success of the Overstock Peace Coliseum is a confirmation of the shift that is happening with our industry, and the relationship that we have with Mitsubishi Electric has definitely become a catalyst in that shift for our local area.”