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Owner

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Additional Details

Project Size 25,000 SF
Project Cost $1,250,000
MEP Cost $1,130,000
Delivery Method Construction Manager
Completion December 2012

UF Rabon Chiller Plant Optimization 

Rabon Chiller Plant at the University of Florida was the second of ten central chilled water distribution plants constructed on campus, and is currently the largest. The seven water-cooled centrifugal chillers can provide up to 11,100 tons of cooling capacity and nearly 20,000 gpm of chilled water to nearby buildings. The plant is configured in a decoupled primary-secondary arrangement with three secondary piping loops. There are four primary loop sub-circuits, with three circuits containing chillers in a series operation.

Moses Engineering was contracted to document and analyze the existing conditions and operation of the central chiller plant. Plant improvement and optimization projects were compared, designed and implemented based on maintenance requirements, budget constraints and energy savings. The plant’s controls system was modified and upgraded to provide accurate energy metering and to enable full automatic operation. Finally, the owner received a full System Manual which included operation and maintenance documentation and as-built drawings of the plant.

The project had few challenges due to the close involvement of owner and maintenance personnel throughout the design and construction process.

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