South Chiller Plant

Client: University of Chicago
Completion Date: 2007
Location: Chicago, Illinois


The South Chiller Plant is a two-story, 24,000-square-foot structure with cooling towers on its roof. The total chiller capacity of 10,500 tons is achieved via five 2,100-ton chillers in a constant primary and variable volume secondary chilled water loop. The project was completed in three phases. The first floor mechanical room houses centrifugal chillers, associated equipment and controls required for the production of chilled water. The electrical room houses transformers, switchgear and auxiliary electrical systems required for the new central plant. The facility also has space for a control room/office area and restroom. The second floor is home to chilled water pumps and condenser water pumps. The chilled water plant was designed for automatic operation, monitored from a first-floor control room.