West Campus Chiller Plant

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The West Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a 4.6 million gross square foot medical complex consisting of 30 different buildings. Prior to this project, most of these buildings were served by standalone chillers located in the mechanical rooms of each building. The majority of the existing chillers and equipment were at the end of their useful life, and many of the buildings were no longer able to satisfy UIC’s cooling loads. To save energy and operational costs and provide sufficient and reliable cooling to the campus, the University decided to centralize chilled water production and distribution for the West Campus.

This multiphase project included:

Because work on the chilled water systems could only be performed from mid-November to early March when the systems were not operational, construction on the project was completed in six phases.

The project received the international Refrigeration Comfort Cooling Award for Project Excellence in 2006 from ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers). The project received an “Excellence in Engineering” award from the Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE before moving on to the international competition.

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