Owner: University of Florida
Project Size: 11,700 SF
Project Cost: $1,490,000
MEP Cost: $1,370,000
Completion: September 2011
Delivery Method: Hard bid

General Project Description

Walker Chiller Plant at the University of Florida was originally built in 1977 and has a current cooling capacity of 5,000 tons. The plant is configured in a decoupled primary-secondary piping arrangement, and has four water-cooled centrifugal chillers ranging from 750 to 2,000 tons of cooling capacity.

Moses & Associates (M&A) was contracted to document and analyze the existing conditions and operation of the central chiller plant. A Plant Master Plan was first submitted to the Owner, detailing existing conditions with recommendations along with a 10-year outlook. Then, 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.