The Module 7 Central Chiller Plant was originally designed to provide a total 50,000 tons of cooling to the University buildings to be built out in phases; expanding as the campus grows with the associated air conditioning demand. The existing plant had 40,000 tons of cooling capacity using electric refrigeration machines.
This current phase expands the building structure and provides the next 10,000 tons of cooling using steam driven turbines. Using steam provides diversity of power usage allowing steam to be used to displace electrical consumption, particularly on high electrical demand days. The plant controls were also optimized improving plant efficiency resulting in an estimated $600,000+ in annual utility cost savings.
Total Project Cost:
Construction Completion – March 31, 2016
Testing and Commissioning Completion – September 1, 2016
L F Driscoll
Leers Weinzapfel Associates