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AIAri, Tremco and RWU Present: Sustainable Preservation Lecture Series at Taco Comfort Solutions

Wed March 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 4:00 am


March 23, 2016,Taco Comfort Solutions, 1160 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island

Triple Green: Green Building, Green Products, Green Culture


4:00 pm       Tour Taco Comfort Solutions    

5:00 pm      Lecture

6:15 pm      Reception (light refreshments)

Tour the newly rebranded Taco Comfort Solutions and understand how this innovative company architects green culture from the ground up.

In 2012, the company opened a $20 million education center at its Cranston home.  This LEED Gold facility, designed by Stephen Baker, AIA, IDA, IDSA , President of  Baker Design Group, Inc. (BDG) in Boston, added 24,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and a business center to Taco’s existing workforce development facilities.

Known as the Innovation and Development Center, the space is fitted with the latest HVAC technologies – such as radiant heating and cooling and Web-based controls – so that employees as well as the professional community can learn about leading edge, green technologies.  

The project is an excellent example of sustainable preservation and demonstrates the economic advantages of reuse, reinvestment and retrofit of a historic structure.

Taco is a third generation company. Soon to celebrate it’s 100 anniversary, Taco was recently named one of Rhode Island’s top manufacturing success stories for leadership and strategy in Providence Business News.


Stephen E. Baker, AIA, IIDA, IDSA
Stephen Baker is an architect, designer, planner and imaginative thinker who brings human-centered design to his work. Founder and President of Baker Design Group, Inc. (BDG), Stephen has worked with some of the world’s foremost thinkers and award-winning firms, leading projects and collaborative teams of architects and engineers to create museums, aquariums, educational centers, global corporate headquarters, hotels, and master plan developments across the United States, Italy, Japan and Germany.

Richard Medairos, PE, Taco Director of Engineered Products & Systems Training
RIch Medairos has been involved in hydronics and commercial-buildings design for more than 40 years, most of them as an independent consulting engineer. He was a principal consultant on the design of Taco’s new facility.  On the near-term horizon, Rich sees unprecedented energy efficiency, sustainability, ease of operation, and interior comfort  with the merging of system equipment, components, and terminal units; piped networks; high-efficiency, reactive pumps; and building automation systems (BAS) with predictive controls.

Please RSVP to Sue Contente at scontente@rwu.edu  or call (401) 254-3683
This event is the first event in the 2016 Sustainable Preservation Lecture Series sponsored by:



Wed March 23, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
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