Central Utility Plant Project is a replacement project for an existing central plant. The plant is connected to twenty-three (23) state owned buildings, including the State Capital Building, and will serve over 5.5 million square feet of existing space, with added capacity for future expansion. The project was constructed on the downtown site of the existing plant, and is surrounded by both commercial and residential properties.
The mechanical systems were designed using a collaborative process of the mechanical engineer and Lawson Mechanical Contractors (LMC). LMC did a complete 3D-modeling of the mechanical pipe systems, coordinating with the other mechanical, electrical, and GC trades. LMC’s mechanical Scope of Work included the fabrication and installation of the chilled water, condenser water and hot water pipe, the fuel oil pipe, installation of the contractor purchased HVAC equipment, and the on-site field erected composite cooling tower (under seperate contract with tower supplies).
The following are the mechanical system capacities of the central plant:
The Central Utility Plant had many complex conditions that created chanllenges during the design and
construction. These issues included the following: