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Flue York: When The Empire State Needed The World’s Largest Portable Boiler

Flue York: When The Empire State Needed The World’s Largest Portable Boiler

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It inflicted nearly $70 billion in damage and was the second-costliest hurricane on record in the United States at the time.

One of the buildings hit by its raw, terrifying power was the iconic Empire State Building, a cultural and architectural icon of the Big Apple’s skyline.

In the aftermath of October’s Hurricane Sandy the Empire State Building was without power for some time, but soon after temperatures plunged as the bitter New York winter took hold.

The prospect of heating the massive 102-storey structure was daunting, so executives at Empire State Building Company decided to hire the world’s largest Portable Boiler Room (PBR).

A PBR is a replacement for a building’s boiler room that can be delivered to building sites, usually in a shipping container. It comes complete with electric cabinets, circulation pumps, valves, filters, safety devices, and all the other components necessary.

They are fired by oil, natural gas, or liquid propane gas and, in a cramped environment like New York, only takes up the pavement or a single lane of traffic.

Timothy J. Clancy, director of operations at the Empire State Building Company, contacted US firm Powerhouse for the gargantuan boiler room.

He said at the time: “This matter is extremely important to protect the iconic Empire State Building in this time of great tragedy in New York City.”

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the construction of the World Trade Centers North Tower in Lower Manhattan in 1970.

Whatever type of heating you have, a well-maintained boiler is of peak importance for a comfortable home.

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