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Central Utility Plant (CUP) Capacity Expansion

Project Overview

1.    Expand the Central Utility Plant's (CUP) steam generation capacity by installing a new boiler in place of existing boiler B-5.

2.    ​​Expand the CUP's chilled water capacity by installing a new chiller and new cooling towers.

a)   Add a waterside economizer to the chilled water system to replace the existing system.

b)   Increase t.he capacity of the chilled water filtration system.

3.    Replace the air-conditioning unit serving the main electrical room with one having larger capacity.

4.    Expand and upgrade the CUP’s electrical system to support the new equipment and improve redundancy.

5.    Install all new equipment and accessory elements, piping, and stacks to meet Risk Category IV seismic requirements.

6.    Upgrade the CUP’s structural system to provide Risk Category IV seismic lateral bracing and diaphragm capacity at existing structure and life safety elements.

7.    Improve the security of the CUP site at the ATO, gas main entry, and transformers.​

Project Managers

Robert Holzwarth – Facilities Management Projects

Design Team

Architect – Bennett Wagner and Grody Architects (DBA Cannon Design)

M/E/P Engineer – The RMH Group, Inc.

Structural Engineer – Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers

EPA/Air Permitting Consultant – Power Engineers, Inc.

Cost Consultant - Vermeulens

Commissioning Consultant– Group 14 Engineers (pending)

General Contractor

Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for project is James R. Howell & Co., Inc. (DBA Howell Construction)

Gross Square Footage

Basement        28,328 GSF

                                                First Floor       27,197 GSF

                                                Second Floor 27,197 GSF   

                                                Roof                     565 GSF           

                                                Total               83,287 GSF

Project Cost


Project Completion

December 2020 (Construction complete, equipment installed and operational)

Project Schedule

Pre-Design (Program) August 2018 to November 2018


Design (SD-CD):  November 2018 to December 2019

            Bid Package 1 – Long Lead Equipment Procurement – Released in February 2019

            Long Lead Equipment bids due April 2019

            Long Lead Equipment orders placed June 2019

            25% Construction Documents issued February 2019

            60% Construction Docs (Structural Steel, Chilled Water, Electrical, Architectural) issued                    May 2019

            60% Construction Documents (Steam Systems) issued in July 2019

90% Const. Docs (Structural Steel, Chilled Water, Electrical, Architectural) issued September 2019

            100% Constr. Docs (Structural Steel, Chilled Water, Electrical, Architectural) issued October              2019

            100% Construction Documents (Steam Systems) issued in November 2019

            Construction:  November 2019 to December 2020

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