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June 08. 2014 1:04AM

Coolest Summer Ever: Casino Ballroom installs new HVAC System, boosts energy efficiency

Concert Attendees Will Enjoy More Comfortable Temperatures This Summer Thanks to Infrastructure Upgrades

Hampton, N.H. – The Casino Ballroom, one of the oldest live music and comedy venues in the country, has completed major infrastructure upgrades that will offer concert-goers a more comfortable environment in which to see their favorite artists perform this summer.

Working closely with Unitil, a provider of natural gas and electricity in New England, the Casino Ballroom has taken a number of steps to reduce the energy required to cool the building. First, GDS Associates, Inc. completed an energy audit of the building, which presented unique solutions for not only drastically increasing the venue’s cooling capacity by 18 tons, but also ways to vent heat from “trouble spots,” such as those that result from hot stage lighting used during shows. These upgrades, installed by J. Lawrence Hall Company, will allow for greater temperature control and a more comfortable viewing experience at shows in the venue, even on the summer’s hottest days. Innovations include:

- A new, highly efficient HVAC unit and economizer, which will increase total cooling output

- New, cooler LED stage lighting that will generate less heat as wasted energy

- Improved airflow to let excess heat from inside the venue escape more easily

"Our goal is to provide the best possible live concert experience in New Hampshire for fans and for performers,” said Andrew Herrick, director of marketing, Casino Ballroom. “We’re thrilled with the infrastructure upgrades that have been made to our building, and, simply put, the results are incredible. The room will be much more comfortable on hot summer nights, and our overall energy consumption actually went down slightly, even with the added cooling capacity"

The Casino Ballroom was one of Unitil’s first electric customers in 1900, which means the landmark venue has been a Unitil customer for almost 114 years. “At Unitil, we’re proud to help local companies like the Casino Ballroom improve customer experience through innovative energy-efficiency solutions,” said Tim Noonis, senior business development manager, Unitil. “The Casino Ballroom is a premiere entertainment venue, and these new improvements guarantee that fans will continue to enjoy world-class shows here for years to come.”

For over 100 years, the Casino Ballroom has attracted some of the world’s greatest performers to the NH Seacoast including Janis Joplin, The Who, Jerry Seinfeld and George Carlin. The Casino Ballroom continues to draw some of the top names in entertainment during its eight-month season from April to November. For information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.casinoballroom.com/.

About Casino Ballroom:
Constructed in 1899, the Casino Ballroom at Hampton Beach has solidified itself as New Hampshire’s premiere live entertainment facility. Drawing millions of people through its doors for over 10 decades, the 2,200 seat venue has expanded its season to run from April through November. The Ballroom has played host to entertainment’s biggest names, from legends like Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and the Doors to current mega stars like Jeff Dunham, Stone Temple Pilots and Counting Crows. As the centerpiece of the Beach, the Ballroom provides an unsurpassed avenue for a diverse line-up of events each year that includes Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, Pop, Oldies, Comedy and Boxing.

About Unitil Corporation:
Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices, and technologies that lead to dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 102,400 electric customers and 75,900 natural gas customers. Other subsidiaries include Usource, Unitil’s non-regulated business segment.

For more information about our people, technologies, and community involvement, please visit www.unitil.com.


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