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Harper College, a community located in suburban Chicago, has opened its new B.E.S.T. (Building Energy Systems Technology) Laboratory to serve as a state-of-the-art resource for students studying commercial HVAC and building automation systems.
he new lab features modern commercial building technologies and building control systems,
Air conditioning systems manufacturer Daikin donated more than $50,000 worth of heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment including VAV boxes, air handlers, a unit ventilator and its complete VRV system to provide students hands-on learning opportunities with advanced HVAC technology.
At a recent dedication ceremony, instructor Jose Vital said the facility will be a “living lab” for students to work on highly sophisticated systems and troubleshoot real problems.
"Systems are more sophisticated than ever before and the demand for these technologies is great, but the training is limited," Vital said. "Harper is changing that."
Harper worked closely with its Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Advisory Committee to ensure the skills students gain align with the evolving needs of their future employers.
Daikin and Harper College's commitment to providing more resources for the next generation has driven the project forward on all fronts.
“Daikin is strongly committed to investing in the next generation of HVAC,” said Kirk Thorne, Daikin Applied Americas, executive vice president of sales, marketing and aftermarket. “Our goal is to continue to find ways to better prepare HVAC tradespeople and students to serve customers in the future. Our donation is aimed at creating better outcomes and developing more advanced expertise within the HVAC trade.”