New York, NY Charles Copeland, president and CEO of Goldman Copeland, has won ASHRAE’s 2020 Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award. The annual award is given to an ASHRAE Fellow “for continuous preeminence in engineering or research work.” The announcement, which would traditionally be made in the Plenary Session of ASHRAE’s Annual Conference this month, was made public differently this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced in ASHRAE’s June “Insights” and will be presented in January 2021 at ASHRAE’s Winter Conference in Chicago.
Copeland has created a legacy of engineering many of the iconic structures in Greater New York, while pioneering energy innovations over more than five decades of working with leading commercial and institutional real estate owners. Throughout his career, he has led Goldman Copeland’s work designing the mechanical/electrical infrastructure of such acclaimed structures as Grand Central Terminal and the Alexander Hamilton Customs House as well as other prominent commercial office buildings, educational facilities, healthcare institutions, cultural institutions, houses of worship, and civic and government facilities.
His innovative energy work of national significance began in the 1970s and continues to this day. In 2018, his team created for the City of New York an online Geothermal Ground Source Screening Tool that enables property owners to simply assess the feasibility of ground source geothermal heating and cooling for every lot in the city – nearly 900,000 lots. The screening tool offers a free model that can be adapted by other governmental jurisdictions anywhere.