University of Utah Central Plant
The new Southwest Chiller Plant at the University of Utah starts operation this May. The new plant is located inside the old Fieldhouse, and the first phase will provide 2,000 tons of cooling to southwest corner of campus, including chemistry, biology, law, and Pioneer Theater. There’s room for expansion, and a second chiller will be operational by fall of this year. The plant includes concrete cooling towers faced in masonry to match the exterior of the adjacent Fieldhouse building, variable speed secondary pumps, and a water-side economizer to meet winter-time process cooling loads. The chillers were selected after a rigorous life cycle cost analysis in order to maximize efficiency while minimizing the ownership cost at the university.