How Much, and Where?
In the spring of 2009, with two new large buildings slated for construction and more on the way, The University of Texas at Dallas personnel knew that they needed more chilled water and steam capacity. The questions were, how much, and where should it go? EEA was obtained to first answer those questions, and then to provide a physical solution to the problem.
After a detailed analysis of the campus’ existing chilled water and steam systems (including hydraulic models), a location for a new Satellite Utility Plant (SUP) was established. This SUP was to provide additional chilled water capacity, while improvements to the existing Central Energy Plant would expand steam capacity there. Upgrades to existing sections of distribution piping were also recommended. The project was approved by the Board of Regents in March 2010 and construction documents were a year later.
Prepared for the Future
In May 2012, general contractor SpawGlass achieved Final Completion of the Utility Infrastructure Improvements project at The University of Texas at Dallas. The project saw construction of a new 6,000-ton variable-primary chilled water plant, installation of a new 800 HP steam boiler at the Central Energy Plant, and various distribution piping and building system renovations across campus. These improvements dramatically increased the chilled water system efficiency, resulting in increased distribution capacity and tremendous energy savings across campus. The project was completed on time to support service to the new campus construction projects.