Taco Announces Innovation & Development Center

Taco's Innovation & Development center will provide extensive training facilities.

Taco Inc., Cranston, RI, announced Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the AHR show that it will build a new Innovation & Development Center. The facility will consist of a two-story, 24,037-sq. ft. addition to its headquarters, in combination with 24,487 sq. ft. of interior renovation. The Innovation & Development Center will provide a hands-on learning environment for the best equipment and systems that today’s HVAC industry offers for comfort, efficiency, and sustainability. The HVAC products and systems will be visible throughout the entire facility forming “Living Laboratories” that allow for close-up viewing, hands-on learning and teaching.
   The Learning Center will consist of a 63-tiered-seat classroom, two 25-seat teaming spaces, two 30-seat classrooms, a library with computer classroom and conference room, computer training labs, a CNC training and demonstration room, and functional labs for testing and teaching.
   Labs will be equipped to handle a wide range HVAC technologies, including geothermal, solar, photovoltaic, snowmelt, domestic hot water conversation, and building automation. Mechanical-system training will be available for a wide range of technologies, including radiant cooling and heating, LoFlo technology, load-match technology, active chilled-beam systems, demand ventilation control systems, and rooftop cooling towers.
   The facility is expected to open in the Summer of 2012.