Fresh-Aire UV’s New Headquarters
Fresh-Aire UV’s New Headquarters Parallels HVAC Industry’s Increasing Demand for IAQ
Fresh-Aire UV has purchased a 25,000-square-foot facility on a three-acre site in Jupiter, Fla., to support its double-digit annual growth and the growing need for its volatile organic compound (VOC) reduction and biological disinfection products.
The industrial park building doubles Fresh-Aire UV’s former headquarters’ space that was spread throughout two unconnected facilities. The move marks the second time in four years the 30-year-old company has expanded its operations due to growth and product demand.
Besides the real estate purchase, Fresh-Aire UV also in- vested significantly in building re-design and renovation. Improvements included 42-tons of air conditioning with UV disinfection systems, a complete LED-lighting retrofit, 2,500-square-feet in physical structure additions and the general interior remodeling of the high bay style, 24-foot-tall, former headquarters of the Palm Beach Post newspaper. Part of the air conditioning retrofit adds cooling to the production floor where Fresh-Aire UV products remain 100-percent U.S.- tested, assembled, and manufactured primarily of U.S.-made components.
The expansion features a 2,500-square-foot research and development (R&D) laboratory housing the HVAC industry’s only privately-owned test chamber that complies with ASHRAE Standard 52.1 (particulate and biological contami- nants); 145.2(gaseous contaminants including VOCs); SPC- 185.1 (inactivating airborne microbes); and SPC-185.2 (inac- tivating microbes on irradiated HVAC unit surfaces). The test rig enables in-house analyzation, certification and clean air delivery rates (CADR) of Fresh-Aire UV’s own UV, gas-phase air purification and photo catalytic oxidation (PCO) products. The self-contained R&D space also features its own five-ton dedicated air conditioning and air purification system for complete environmental control during tests.