A $1.5 Million Pledge for an Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff December 13, 2005

Carrier Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y., has pledged $1.5 million to the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems to create a world-class laboratory to study the effects of indoor air quality in buildings.

Dr. Greg Powers, Carrier’s vice president of engineering, was joined by Congressman James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.) and Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor in making the announcement before 200 attendees at the annual symposium sponsored by the Center of Excellence. “Innovation is center to Carrier’s DNA, and Syracuse is center to Carrier’s innovation.That’s why we are so pleased to support the creation of this new facility,” said Powers.

“Today’s announcement by Carrier is indication of UTC’s strong commitment to the Central New York research community and further leverages private investment in this important effort,” said Walsh, who has secured over $26.6 million in federal resources for the Center of Excellence.“The Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems Center of Excellence supports Carrier’s own Syracuse-based research and design activities.”

In May 2004, Carrier designated its operations in Syracuse as a global lead research, development and design center to support its worldwide application of air conditioning and refrigeration products.“Carrier’s campus in Syracuse is today our largest design center in the world, including about 300 employees applying the latest technologies to products that serve the global marketplace,” said Powers.He added that the Center of Excellence provides outstanding collaboration opportunities for Carrier’s ongoing engineering work, which will be enhanced with the creation of the new lab.

Carrier’s grant will also establish a doctoral fellowship at Syracuse University to advance the study of indoor environmental quality.The grant will be made over a five year period subject to renewal each year.