Johnson Controls’ new research and development complex reinforces company’s continued investment and leadership in the HVACR industry

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The 357,000-square-foot facility is the newest and most advanced engineering and testing facility for chillers in the world

MILWAUKEE – (April 23, 2018) – Johnson Controls today opened a new state-of-the-art research and development complex. Located in Central Pennsylvania, USA, the testing lab is the world’s newest and most advanced engineering and testing facility for chillers and allows Johnson Controls to deliver the most innovative and highest-quality products to the HVACR industry.

The complex includes a 250,000-square-foot testing lab and support facility, which consolidates testing facilities from Johnson Controls’ existing Pennsylvania campus. In addition, the complex features a 107,000-square-foot engineering office building. The new facility complements the R&D facility in Wuxi, China, and its newly opened world-class Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China, featuring industry-leading green and smart buildings.

“Our customers expect the best, and we will continue to deliver the best – industry-leading HVACR equipment, such as our new YORK® YZ chiller,” said Bill Jackson, president, Global Products, Johnson Controls. “This world-class facility enables us to advance performance levels for customers, thanks to more than 400 dedicated and driven employees, as well as business partners in the York County community.”

Other features of the new facility include:

  • A testing lab that rises to 60 feet in some areas to accommodate YORK® chillers, including the new YZ chiller, and YORK® air handling units (AHU).
  • More than 20 labs, including air-cooled and water-cooled, acoustic, power electronics, compressor, air handling units and various other labs to spur innovation.
  • And a training center for variable refrigerant flow (VRF), chiller and other products and technologies.
“Our customers expect the best, and we will continue to deliver the best – industry-leading HVACR equipment, such as our new YORK® YZ chiller.” – Bill Jackson, president, Global Products, Johnson Controls

Jacobs, a global company that served as the project architect, is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the U.S. complex. LEED is a rating system that evaluates the environmental performance of a building and encourages market transformation toward sustainable design.

The complex is a joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (St. Louis), PJ Dick (Pittsburgh) and Stewart & Tate Construction (York).

“As a one-of-a-kind, large-scale, advanced development and engineering lab facility, the Johnson Controls project had several unique construction challenges,” said Ryan Molen, LEED BD+C, Project Director-Advanced Technology & Manufacturing, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. “In addition to balancing flexibility in systems and building components for technologies that are rapidly changing and advancing in complexity, McCarthy was focused on driving efficiencies in cost and schedule.”
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Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit or follow @JCI_Buildings on Twitter.

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Ryan Nolan
Global Public Relations Program Manager,
Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls