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Mitsubishi Electric Trane heating and air conditioning products have enriched the lives of thousands of customers across North America. Explore the collection of their stories.
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MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
Luke Higgins, director of operations for MacRostie Winery & Vineyards (MacRostie), Healdsburg, California, described the ultimate wine tasting room as one with “an environment of casual sophistication. It has a highend touch but is still accessible for all people.” When MacRostie created its new Estate House, it was this vision that drove the design. To offer patrons comfort and create the desired ambiance, that meant cooling and heating with a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Mitsubishi Electric. The result is what Higgins called “our dream tasting room.”
Bonobo Winery
Carter Oosterhouse might best be known for his work as a television host and producer for shows like TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and HGTV’s “Carter Can.” Now, though, he can also be known for his wine. Brothers Carter and Todd Oosterhouse conceived, opened and now run the Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, Michigan. The facility features a gorgeous winery and tasting room. Behind the scenes is a production facility, a 3,000-square-foot barrel room and offices1. While the behind-the-scenes spaces may not be intended as part of the experience for guests, it was still important to the Oosterhouse brothers to have modern, usable spaces. Zoned comfort solutions from Mitsubishi Electric made that possible, conditioning the barrel room, offices and hallways.
Drummond Island Medical Center
Drummond Island, Michigan, is home to just over 1,000 people. Toward the center of town sits the Drummond Island Medical Center, a 2,973-square-foot facility dating back to the 1950s. The center houses a medical clinic and its staff, an x-ray room, a physical therapy area, multiple labs and a dental office. After years of discomfort and needing more space, a renovation brought the facility up to current hospital standards while expanding the interior. Renovation challenges included consolidating the mechanical room, decreasing the sound traveling between rooms and ensuring a healthy environment for visitors and staff. Zoned Comfort Solutions® from Mitsubishi Electric solved every challenge while ushering in a new era of comfort.
Choctaw General Hospital
Fred Rogers, Rush Health Systems’ veteran vice president, chief resource officer and facility manager decided to renovate an existing building for the administration portion of his new hospital and enlisted architects to create plans for a new 44,000-square-foot addition to house the patient care section. For the new patient care addition, Rogers easily selected the Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system from Mitsubishi Electric. “Fortunately, I installed my first Mitsubishi Electric VRF [zoning] system years ago in our flagship Rush Health Systems hospital in downtown Meridian. That system saved me $36,000 the first year.
The Covenant School
The Covenant School was founded 30 years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. The lower school, for students in pre-K through 6th grade, is located in a 65,000-square foot historic brick building dating back to 1935. With almost 300 students, faculty and staff members, the school needs to operate seamlessly. When an old boiler system became what board member Jay Taggart called a “ticking time-bomb,” the school knew a new heating system was needed. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) from Mitsubishi Electric served as the ultimate answer to that need, providing zone control, air filtration and the added bonus of cooling. 
Burton Center for Arts & Tecnhology (BCAT)
The Burton Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) serves almost 800 high school students on its Salem, Virginia, campus. Students take classes on a wide variety of topics—including automotive technology, computer information technology, mechatronics, culinary arts, performing arts and cosmetology. When the school’s old HVAC systems needed replacing, the district’s attention turned toward technologies that could ensure comfort and efficiency. For the school’s front building—20,000 square feet of offices and classrooms—that meant Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) from Mitsubishi Electric.
Aljoya Mercer Island
Aljoya is one of eight senior communities owned and operated by Era Living, LLC., a private Seattle-based company founded in 1987 by Eli and Rebecca Almo. A respected and recognized leader in senior living throughout the Puget Sound region, Era Living is dedicated to providing innovative housing, engaging programs and a variety of service choices for seniors. After studying the field of available HVAC systems, the Era Living design team concluded that the Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology from Mitsubishi Electric would be the most energy-efficient and cost-effective system for Aljoya’s needs. Wagner liked the Mitsubishi Electric VRF system’s unique ability to transfer heat within a building controlled by variable capacity heat pumps. He knew this would lead to considerable savings in energy costs.
AshKay Island
As a well-known HVAC contractor in Michigan’s Ann Arbor region, Andy Bobo, co-owner, CMR Mechanical, Dexter, always provides his customers with effective solutions to efficiently cool and heat their homes. However, when it came to installing a cooling and heating system in his vacation home called AshKay Island—a 100 percent off-grid, 1,700-square-foot cottage located on an eight-acre island off Iron Mill Pond in Manchester, Michigan—Bobo faced a new, yet exciting challenge. He needed to find an energy-efficient system that could cool the entire house during the summer but also serve as a backup heat source during Michigan’s subzero winter season. Knowing how efficient and flexible it could be, Bobo selected Zoned Comfort Solutions™ from Mitsubishi Electric to do the job.
The Allison Inn and Spa
Located 25 miles southwest of downtown Portland, Ore., on 35 lush acres in Willamette Valley wine country, the Allison Inn and Spa (Allison) is the only member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts in the state of Oregon and one of only 22 hotels in the world with LEED® Gold certification, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Thanks to judicious planning for sustainability, Allison scored 49 points (out of a possible 69) for New Construction. A Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system from Mitsubishi Electric was selected because it provides superior efficiency compared to typical hospitality HVAC systems.
Brentwood Senior Community
Opened in January 2004, Brentwood is a 35,100-square-foot, 29-unit Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC) located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin (pop. 8,500). Founded in 1864 on the site of a Menomonie Indian village and a wild rice bed, Rice Lake is the largest primarily retail community between Eau Claire (60 miles south), Superior/Duluth (100 miles north), and Minneapolis/St. Paul (100 miles west). Created and owned by David and Diana Barta (Brentwood Senior Communities, LLC), Brentwood may be the only assisted living facility in the state with a concrete storm shelter (8-inch-thick walls for the occasional tornado) which also serves as the facility chapel. Equipment from Mitsubishi Electric was installed to provide reliable comfort.

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