New chilled water plant to support future development of Life Sciences Precinct
February 27, 2012
Construction on a critical new piece of Virginia Tech campus infrastructure has begun adjacent to the parking lot known as “the Cage” off Duckpond Drive.
Workers from Whiting Turner Contracting Company have begun work on Virginia Tech’s new new chilled water plant, a $20 million project scheduled to be completed by mid-2013.
The new plant will supply chilled water for cooling to existing campus buildings, including Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science II (ICTAS II), as well as future buildings that are planned for the Life Sciences Precinct.
The 2009 Chilled Water Infrastructure Master Plan Study identified this project as the first of several new district chilled water plants that will create centralized production and distribution of chilled water to campus. This centralized model will provide increased energy efficiency and lower operating and maintenance costs as compared to installation of individual chillers for each building.
Additional phases of this plant are planned to increase chilling capacity to support future capital building projects planned for the area over the next 30 years. The plant’s design allows for easy expansion to the west.
The new plant’s location and construction boundaries will not affect parking availability within “the Cage.” However, construction on a new building in the southeast corner of the lot has effected several spaces.
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