Owner: University of Florida
Project Size: 9,100 SF
Project Cost: $340,000
MEP Cost: $290,000
Completion: February 2012
Delivery Method: Construction Manager

General Project Description

Southwest Chiller Plant at the University of Florida was originally built in 1989 and has a current cooling capacity of 2,400 tons. The plant is configured in a decoupled primary-secondary piping arrangement, and has four equally sized 600-ton water-cooled centrifugal chillers.

Moses & Associates (M&A) 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.