National Music Center Installs Motivair Free Cooling Chiller for Comfort Cooling

Motivair Corporation, based in Buffalo, New York, a global leader in Mission Critical Chillers and Cooling Systems, has recently completed an installation of one of its 330 Ton integrated free cooling chillers for the National Music Centre of Canada.  The award-winning project (Progressive Architecture Award, ARCHITECT Magazine, 2014) “is considered one of the most exciting architectural projects occurring in the world right now.” (

The MLC-FC 1200 sits atop the 160,000 square foot space, that once completed will be comprised of a museum, performance hall, interactive music education center, recording studio and broadcast center.  The Motivair chiller is comprised of two independent refrigerant circuits, which encompasses individual integrated Free Cooling /condenser coils, screw compressors, a shared dual circuited shell and tube evaporator and advanced PLC control system.  The need for reliable water side economizing in one condensed foot print as well as a standalone integrated controls package is what aided in fitting a chiller of this size within the unique architectural design and space of the building.  Due to the different requirements of certain spaces in the building the chiller has been designed to receive a signal from the BMS system to change into a rapid dehumidification mode.  When the chiller receives this signal, the chilled water feeding the air handling units will reset from 42°F to 36°F.

Buildings located in areas with cooler climates can take advantage Free Cooling. Motivair Free Cooling chillers can harness outdoor ambient air to stage down or stage off refrigeration compressors during cooler seasonal weather therefore creating significant energy savings. Additionally, allowing compressors to turn off for long periods of time during winter months creates less wear and tear on the refrigeration system over time. Utilizing a Free Cooling chiller can allow for a significant increase in building efficiency as well as overall system uptime, a distinct advantage over standard commercial grade chillers.

About Motivair Corporation

Motivair Corporation, based in Buffalo, NY (USA), is a globally recognized supplier of specialty chillers and cooling systems providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, public and private sectors around the world. For more information, visit


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