ECO Retrofit Projects

Heavy Lifting at The Los Angeles Superior Court Building – Civil West

This past week saw some significant work on our LA Superior Court Civil West Building project in Los Angeles.

Our partners on the project Johnson Controls, along with Hill Crane, executed some major lifts at this 20-story building that houses the LA County Superior Courthouse.

The cooling towers and associated plumbing were removed, followed by the removal of the old chillers, or air conditioning units.

Subsequent to the removal of these pieces of equipment and their related plumbing, brand new units from manufacturer York were installed. In addition to being more reliable, these units are approximately 25% more energy efficient than the units they replaced and as such are a big part of cost-effectively improving both the energy efficiency of the building, as well as the comfort of building occupants.

We congratulate the crews involved as all of the lifting work was successfully, safely completed in one day, minimizing cost and impact to the area from traffic restrictions associated with crane operation. We send our special appreciation to the staff at Hill Crane, who really showed why they are a leader in their area.

What is ECO Corporation?

By George Danellis

So this marks the first post on this new blog for ECO Corporation, or ECO Corp as it is also commonly known.

And I am sure some of you are thinking, “Great, another blog.” And a “green” one at that. Well, I’ll offer that what you read hear, and what gets communicated by our bloggers as well as those who participate in the conversation, might be a bit different than what you are used to. Yes, we are a business (a suite of businesses to be more exact – you can read more about that below) so of course we’ll be talking both about our own businesses as well as others in our areas of activity that we think might just matter. But at ECO Corp we are in business to do well financially by doing things in a way that might just make sense for people in the longer term. A way that leads to profitability while also working to better address environmental and social impacts and to be a part of the transition to a clean energy economy. One where prosperity is about the well-being of people and all the things that support it. We believe that it’s possible and rewarding to live a sustainable life.  Even in the corporate world.  The technology is here, and sometimes the intention.  We can power our vehicles,  feed our people, breath good air and drink good water without undermining the conditions on which these rely.  But we need to be honest with ourselves, and truly embrace a lifestyle that promotes that kind of living and thinking.

Now we’ve heard a lot about this approach to business over the past several years, and thankfully some progress is being made. There’s been a lot of bluster is too – it’s often called greenwashing. And that has made it hard to discern who’s doing what and in what manner.

What we aim to accomplish with this blog is to be authentic about what we are doing, and what others are doing to be more “sustainable”.  I’ll say right now that you’re going to read some things in posts that you’ll take issue with. Great! Let us know what you think by commenting at the end of posts. Let’s have a discussion that makes us all more effective. And if it’s at all possible, let’s adhere to the old maxim that suggesting problems without offering solutions doesn’t do us a lot of good. Please share your reasoning for why you disagree with something written here, or with a suggested approach , and then give us your suggestions for righting it. Because at ECO Corp we are 100% sure that we don’t have all the answers – we’re just doing our best to figure out how to do good things, for our owners and for stakeholders up and down the value chain. And we want our activities to inspire and inform others to do the same.

So what does ECO Corporation do? ECO is a company that identifies waste where it either is not seen or is mis-perceived, and turns that “waste” into something valuable. Another way to look at it is that we extend the life-cycle value of existing products and services. In the case of the performance of the built environment  we act as owner’s representatives for energy efficiency-based commercial building retrofits. Currently we are working on the 20-story building that houses the LA County Superior Courthouse. Together with our carefully selected partners, we are modernizing their building to improve tenant health and satisfaction while increasing its value, and simultaneous reducing energy and other utility costs and pollutant emissions.  ECO Corporation is involved in several other businesses as well. While we’ll share much more in the coming weeks here is a snippet:

  • One of ECO’s companies has developed a thermal powered desalination system capable of using waste heat or solar generated heat,  that with almost no electrical energy can turn sea water into delicious and healthy drinking water. This same technology can clean waste agricultural water, and more.
  • We also have a natural skin care line that uses pure salts and water that are byproducts (known formerly as “waste”) of this solar distillation process to create remarkable skin care products.
  • The solar still technology is the first one to be developed by our Research and Development Company and can be used for various applications.
  • The brine that is left after the distillation of the sea water is used as a high quality, natural solution for the commercial aquarium industry. One that eliminates the need for synthetic products and massive freighting of sea water from the coasts. Our sea water solution is roughly 1/5 the volume of sea water and can be re-constituted on site.

I’ll stop there for now, but I hope gives a picture of what we are about at Eco Corp. We’ll share more in the future but know that at ECO we are committed to activities that encourage a lifestyle and a way of doing business that is healthy and rewarding, that more accurately accounts for natural and human capital in this resource constrained world, and that leaves us with a greater sense of well-being.

We don’t harbor any illusions that the road to a more sustainable world is marked with potholes the size of Ford Expeditions, but we are pretty sure that if our collective energy and spirit is truly aligned with finding solutions, then we will. And we’ll even make money doing it.

Until next time…..