Installation Summary

The Wilderness Preserve was experiencing condenser leaks and frequent breakdowns with their five 20-year old geothermal heat pumps. Symbiont replaced the old units with five new Bosch FHP ES Model geothermal heat pumps installed in the attic space, providing a total of 20 tons capacity.
Symbiont Service Corp. of Englewood FL has been specializing in geothermal heat pumps and swimming
pool heating since 1974, with over 1100 systems installed in homes and commercial buildings all over Florida.

According to Symbiont Sales Manager Mike King, “The installation of five FHP ES Model geothermal units went very smoothly. We placed two vertical units in attic space above a classroom, and three horizontal units above the offices. We also replaced existing PVC water distribution piping with HDPE fused pipe to comply with local code, and installed the Bosch-supplied stainless steel hose kit.” Two existing open loop wells provide supply and discharge water to the units.
Mike indicated that Symbiont also installs closed loop plate heat exchangers in regions where there is poor groundwater quality. Water is returned to the underground aquifer with no change in chemical composition.

 Project Overview

The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is an essential part of the Everglades ecosystem and contains 3,500 acres of restored wetlands that act as nature’s “sponges” in the landscape, capturing rain, filtering out nutrients, and replenishing groundwater. The Preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. The core of The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is comprised of what was once an 8,500- acre cattle ranch situated at the head of the Greater
Everglades watershed. Working with The Nature Conservancy, the State of Florida, and a number of
other groups, The Walt Disney Company purchased the property and transferred it to the Conservancy to mitigate for wetland impacts on Walt Disney World property.

The Conservancy conducted wetland restoration and monitoring with Disney support and developed a number of other programs there. The Walt Disney Company continues to partner on a number of on-site projects. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Its vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Project Goals

Equipment

The following equipment was used for the project

  • Five Bosch FHP ES Model geothermal heat pumps, 3 to 5 tons

Project Benefits

Daniel Cole is the Facilities Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve. He reported that ”there was no major disruption in the Preserve’s daily operation.”

Operations Manager Petra Royston added, “We thank Bosch and its Florida regional sales manager Chris Galvin, the installers from Symbiont, and consultant Jay Egg of EggGeothermal.” (Egg’s son Theron recently completed his Eagle Scout project by designing and installing a new flagpole in front of the buildings.)
Continued Benefits include:

  1. No outdoor equipment
  2. More hurricane and storm resilient (no HVAC equipment outside)
  3. HVAC system longevity (a benefit of having equipment inside)
  4. No combustion or electric strip heating
  5. Noticeably superior comfort and heating and cooling modes
  6. Remarkable system efficiency at standard equipment pricing

Project Team

  • Project Name:

The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve, Kissimmee FL

  • Geothermal Consultant:

EggGeothermal, Orlando FL

  • Installation Contractor:

Symbiont Service Corp., Englewood FL

  • Application and Equipment:

Five Bosch FHP ES Model geothermal heat pumps, 3 to 5 tons

  • Project Completion:

April 2015