Meeting/Event Information


October 17, 2019

2 Liberty Place Central Utilities Plant Retrofit
October 17, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse
111 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
SOLD OUT! Please join us to learn about the energy retrofit of the thermal plant located on the 36th – 38th floors of the building.

$300.00 Sponsor

SOLD OUT!  Looks like a great meeting for those already signed up.  Due to venue constraints no walk-up registrations will be allowed.  Remember to sign-up early for next month's meeting!

Presentation and Lunch will be held at: 

Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse

111 South 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

After the Presentation and Lunch: we will head over to 2 Liberty Place for a tour of the Central Utilities Plant.

2 Liberty Place is a signature building in the Philadelphia skyline. The 58 story, 848 foot tower is a combination retail, residential and commercial building. Along with its sister tower Liberty 1, holds the distinction of the first buildings in the City of Philadelphia to exceed the height of the William Penn statue on top of city hall. The facility was built it 1987.

Coretrust Capital Partners, LLC brought in Concord Engineering & Concord Management Services (CMS), along with Rich Energy Solutions (RES), to deliver a turn-key energy retrofit of the thermal plant located on the 36th - 38th floors of the iconic building. The project consisted of replacing 2,000 tons of chillers with new high efficiency mag- bearing chillers, new fiber glass modular cooling towers, upgraded BACnet controls, a 1000 ton plate and frame heat exchanger for free cooling in the winter and a dynamic chiller plant optimization software package to completely modulate the chillers, pumps, cooling towers and valves automatically based on demand!

We hope you can join us to learn how a complex rigging analysis with, innovative HVAC and electrical engineering to modularize the plant was preformed, so that it could be lifted in pieces through retail spaces and up freight elevators!

Speaker Bios

Anthony Caucci, President Commercial Engineering, Concord Engineering Group

Anthony Caucci is a New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer specializing in the design of commercial, energy conservation, education, public sector and casino/hospitality projects. Mr. Caucci has been with Concord since 1998. 

As President of Commercial Engineering Mr. Caucci’s responsibilities and duties include budgeting, concept designs, complete mechanical system design and documentation, construction administrative work, forensic engineering evaluation reports with recommendation for all types of facilities. Additional responsibilities include writing engineering fee proposals, client development and client relations. 

Mr. Caucci holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

Chris Sylvia, MBA, CMVP, Vice President, Commissioning & Construction, Concord Management Services

Mr. Sylvia’s responsibilities include assembling the Cx team, detailed construction documentation review, developing Cx plans, Cx meeting coordination, developing functional performance test forms and criteria, onsite installation review, functional performance testing, facilitating the controls, evaluation and modification with all contractors, detailed review of O&M manuals and procedures, review and participation in operator training, and systematic verification of energy efficient operation of the building automation systems. 

Prior to joining the Concord Management Services, Mr. Sylvia operated as a project manager/construction manager for three years where he was required to properly coordinate multiple sub-contractors to achieve the owner’s project timeline. Mr. Sylvia’s education, Master of Business Administration, properly prepared him to successfully orchestrate projects of all forms while maintaining the focus on ensuring project quality, developing and sustaining communication channels with all parties and to systematically achieve the desired goals of all concerned parties. His prior construction experience and skills at project management has assisted Concord’s Cx Team to exceed the expectations of the clients and projects. 

Mr. Sylvia has a Master of Business Administration from Regis University and is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Kevin Blankenbuehler, MBA, CEM, Energy & Engineering Manager, Concord Engineering Group

 Mr. Blankenbuehler has been with Concord for over 10 years, and has extensive experience in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. Kevin has performed comprehensive site surveys of building’s HVAC, plumbing, and lighting systems, and has done so for over 20 million square foot of space. In addition to building side equipment, Kevin is experienced in renewable energy technologies, such as solar and wind, and has performed several feasibility and financial analyses for clients on the viability of renewable energy along with assistance in procurement and review of Power Purchase Agreements. Mr. Blankenbuehler performs building load analysis for existing and proposed building systems, develops energy conservation measures and performs technical and financial analysis of each measure. Has experience in assisting clients with LEED compliance and certification; is well versed building energy simulation modeling in Trane Trace 700, and DOE eQuest building software.

Mr. Blankenbuehler has a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, Camden, NJ as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University.

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