In the hot month of July 2015, Rodos
Realty Partners, LLC of Atlanta bought the 25,000-square-foot BB&T Bank
office building in Destin, Florida.
Rodos Realty Partners owns and
manages strip shopping centers in the Atlanta area. But the purchase of the
BB&T Bank office building made it the first commercial office building
under Rodos Realty’s ownership and management.
The mechanical HVAC system in the
BB&T Bank building is a built-up system consisting of a water-cooled
chiller, cooling tower, pumps, boiler, chilled water air handlers with variable
air volume boxes on each floor and a Siemens Invensys Building Control System,
which was upgraded with a Talon (Niagara Controls) front-end.
The new property owners were not
familiar with a built-up HVAC mechanical system; they were more familiar with
rooftop package units and split-systems, which are typically used on strip
The new owners also quickly realized
the high costs for service and repairs from the invoices received for worked
performed by the incumbent HVAC contractor. To make matters worse, it appeared
more repair costs would be coming in the future after discussing the problems
with the contractor’s sales consultant. To add insult to injury, the sales
consultant also implied they were the "only” contractors authorized to service
the Siemens Talon System.
Wanting a "new set of eyes” on
their mechanical systems, Rodos Realty contracted with Star Service.
As a licensed Tridium contractor (Niagara
Controls), Star Service was able to quickly identify equipment/controls
deficiencies. The new building owners were very pleased to learn the fix-up
costs were actually minimal compared to the equipment repair quotes and control
upgrades quoted by the original contractor.
Star Service presented Rodos Realty
Partners a complete building evaluation, along with pictures depicting extreme
deferred maintenance conditions. Contacting us before replacing their system
ended up being the right thing to do.
In the end, Star Service saved Rodos
Realty Partners thousands of dollars by mitigating unnecessary equipment
repairs and controls upgrades. Star Service is currently servicing the HVAC
mechanical systems under a Guaranteed Professional Maintenance Program (GPM),
which includes the ongoing preventive maintenance, supplies, parts &
components, and all labor 24/7.
The GPM program allows Rodos Realty
peace of mind, knowing their investment is protected from afar.
Every building owner usually gets to
a point where they feel married to the controls manufacturer. If your
commercial property is giving you HVAC nightmares and you feel locked-in to
your current controls system, visit us online or give us a call today and we’ll
help you find a solution.