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Real Estate Weekly: Energy pioneer recalls windmills, solar panels and New Yorkers who led charge for change

Real Estate Weekly: Energy pioneer recalls windmills, solar panels and New Yorkers who led charge for change

Sustainability may be a popular trend, but for Charles Copeland, he was already working on the ideas behind energy efficiency 40 years ago.

Copeland, president and CEO of engineering firm Goldman Copeland, helped a group of East Village residents revive a dilapidated and abandoned apartment building at 519 East 11th and make it into a self-sustaining structure.

Innovation in building fire protection: Solutions can be superior to standard practice

Innovation in building fire protection: Solutions can be superior to standard practice

Building codes typically offer the best of both worlds when it comes to fire protection: they are prescriptive, requiring specific materials and methods; and, they allow for “equivalent” design solutions, enabling creative approaches to be proposed. Yet building owners often overlook the latter option, even though it enables innovative solutions that can be superior to standard practice.

Crain’s Asked and Answered: Charlie Copeland

Crain’s Asked and Answered: Charlie Copeland

When clients need to install air conditioning in landmarked buildings, such as Carnegie Hall, or investigate problems with the city’s aging infrastructure, they call Charlie Copeland. He’s the head of engineering consulting firm Goldman Copeland—fondly called Goco. For 50 years, he has specialized in the behind-the-scenes mechanics that keep New York’s buildings operating in the modern world.

Engineering: An unseen star of Broadway

Engineering: An unseen star of Broadway

“From New York Theater: Charlie Copeland is a Broadway fixer, who’s worked on everything from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Frozen,” tangibly changing the experience for a generation of theatergoers. Copeland is not a director or a writer. He hasn’t even attended some of the shows that he’s fixed.”

Minimizing Excess Outside Air

Minimizing Excess Outside Air

We have worked on two large NYC energy conservation efforts: managing NYC’s 1980’s Energy Conservation Capital program, the largest of its kind, and our more recent effort to improve the energy performance of NYC’s existing office buildings.

Improving Campus Economics and Aesthetics with a Central Chilled Water Plant

Improving Campus Economics and Aesthetics with a Central Chilled Water Plant

A central cooling plant on a college campus has several quantifiable advantages over decentralized equipment. These include improved efficiency, ability to cycle easily between alternate energy sources, reduced maintenance burden for staff, and long-term capital cost reduction. Often overlooked as a benefit, however, is the improvement to campus aesthetics. This article explores a range of benefits realized by Vassar College after building a central cooling plant to replace distributed cooling equipment.

Renovation and Rehabilitation of Grand Central Terminal

Renovation and Rehabilitation of Grand Central Terminal

Built during the golden age of train station construction, Grand Central officially opened in Febru­ary 1913. It is the visible, above-ground part of a mostly underground complex of tracks, platforms and railroad facilities that stretches on 48 acres from 42nd Street to 57th Street and, at its widest part, from Lexington Avenue to Madison Avenue.

Modernizing Existing Chiller Plants

Modernizing Existing Chiller Plants

There are many good reasons to replace aging chiller plants in the nineteen-nineties. Unfortunately, very few installations were straight-forward in execution because the designers of the origi­nal structures rarely considered the necessity of replacing these machines in the future.