Geothermal Featured Project – Commercial

Owner: Adirondack Dental Implant Center, Bob and Bonnie Sharp owners
Builder: Herlihy Construction, Bill, Sue, and John Herlihy owners
Engineer: Jarrett-Martin Engineers, Tom Jarrett, p.e., partner
H.V.A.C. Contractor: Smart-Energy, Harold Rist II, manager

In 2002, Smart-Energy had installed a geothermal heating and cooling system in the home of Bob and Bonnie Sharp in Lake George. When the couple began to make plans for the construction of their new 6,000 sq.ft. Adirondack Dental Implant Center in the Town of Queensbury they wanted to consider this option for their new heating and cooling system there.

They chose Bill Herlihy and Herlihy construction of Queensbury as their quality builder due to their outstanding reputation for both quality construction and on time projects. For the engineering the Sharp’s contacted Jarrett-Martin Engineers of Glens Falls.Next, the couple contacted Harold Rist II of Smart-Energy to consider the geothermal option. Harold went through plans the couple had gotten from Herlihy construction and gave them some options. Harold had worked with Tom Jarrett, p.e. of Jarrett-Martin on other geothermal projects in the past.

There were a few major benefits of geothermal systems that prompted the Sharp’s to spend more money up front than any conventional heating, ventilating, and cooling ( H.V.A.C.) would have cost. Some of those benefits are …


  • Cost less to operate in both heating and cooling – from 30 to 60% less than conventional systems
  • Have no outdoor air conditioning condensers subject to the weather, vandalism, or are in public view
  • Have no fuel deliveries or fuel storage environmental issues
  • Produce no carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, or hydrocarbons of any kind to pollute our atmosphere
In fact, the savings this geothermal H.V.A.C. system represents over the next 20 years is not drilling, transporting, or burning the equivalent of 1200 barrels of oil. America thanks Bob and Bonnie Sharp !

Some additional construction pictures …

System pictures …

The three WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling units, each with two zones of control,for a total of six zones of heating and air conditioning controlGas supplemental heat source and domestic water heater
The permanent fuel tank for the building is it’s 800 ft. drilled water well out back!

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