Trion High School Rec Center | Trion, GA

posted on Monday, March 15, 2021 in VRF Case Studies

By utilizing natural gas, the YANMAR VRF systems were able to reduce our reliance on electricity, which results in a monthly operational cost savings and a lower overall life cycle cost.” – Nolan Crisp, Recreation Director for the City of Trion

Project Overview

Trion Recreation Center is an older building, which houses a full basketball court, stage, offices, classrooms and bathrooms in the city of Trion, Georgia. The building is one of the main gathering points of the community, and it hosts many functions throughout the year. The city chose to install 66 tons of outdoor units in addition to 15 indoor units with individual navigation remote controllers, a central iTouch Controller and YANMAR remote monitoring system.

Reason for Choosing YANMAR

The mayor and other city officials chose the YANMAR system due to the projected savings resulting from a decreased electrical load. The return on investment period was calculated to be 7 years based on switching to natural gas, projected installation costs and maintenance costs.

YANMAR was able to work with the city to create a project scope that benefited the community’s interests, and was on schedule and budget.

The community also wanted the benefit of zone controls, which can be locked to avoid unauthorized use, and can programmed for special events or on a set schedule to maximize savings.

Plus, by using YANMAR’s 24/7/365 remote monitoring system, YANMAR technical representatives will be notified of any problems that occur, so that they can be resolved quickly for increased unit uptime.


In the first three months of operation, the YANMAR 10-ton VRF unit provided an operating costs savings of $2,424.76. In fact, the City of Trion was so impressed with YANMAR’s system that they quickly awarded and begun installing a multi-unit VRF system project for their recreation center, which was commissioned in August 2017.

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