Prater’s is a company that has been in business since 1955 and has never had air conditioning in its main cooking room. The temperatures in the summertime have been to higher than 105 degrees, and that’s a tough environment for anyone to work in. They had several reputable commercial air conditioning companies out to look at cooling the main cooking area and were told it could not be done.
Prater’s called us to take care of a small air conditioner on a different part of the building. They told us about the problem with the main cooking area and how hot the temperature got. They asked us if we could provide a solution, and we at Lowery don’t know how to say can’t. (Success comes in CAN’s.)
We looked at the project and then began to get the right experts involved. First, we got a very qualified AC equipment manufacturer involved before finding a mechanical engineer. Next was a structural engineer, an engineer with expertise in steam and humidity, and lastly an electrical engineer.
After the right team was put in place, we all worked together to design the perfect solution.
The perfect solution involved not just Air Conditioning, but also air filtration, humidity control, outdoor air control, smoke and fire alarms, and major dust control. On top of that, food processing safety concerns and using the right materials to make food preparation safe were top priorities. The process even involved plumbing and proper drainage.