The Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch are in the process of receiving updated Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment worth an excess of $20,000 courtesy of Allied Air Enterprises.

The donated HVAC equipment – previously announced by Mr. Bill Reynolds, President of the Friends of Homelands Gardens and Rye Patch (FHGRP) – will play a major role in ongoing capital improvements at the historic sites, replacing systems in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, Guest Cottage, and Rye Patch.  The systems currently in these buildings are estimated to be between nineteen and forty years old.  The capital improvements are being handled in the same manner as regular maintenance, with a public-private partnership between FHGRP and the City of Aiken.

“The community will benefit greatly from Allied’s generous donation, showing once again the advantage of public-private partnerships,” said Mr. Reynolds.

Local residents Joe Leonard, Senior Manager of Market Development at Allied Air Enterprises, and Lloyd Copenhaver, and Allied Air retiree, coordinated the donation with Mr. Reynolds and Jessica Campbell, Aiken Director of Parks and Recreation.  Ms. Campbell coordinated the city’s funding of the installation with Bradley Plumbing and Heating, a local Aiken contractor.

In the photo above, Joe Leonard (Left) of Allied Air Enterprises points out the features of one of the Orangeburg-produced air conditioners donated by Allied Air.  With Joe are (Left to Right) Lloyd Copenhaver, Jessica Campbell, and Bill Reynolds.