North Carolina State University commissioned the design team to develop a new chilled-water plant adjacent to the Yarbrough Steam Plant, Riddick Stadium and the future corridor for the Triangle Transit Authority.
The plant provides the necessary chilled-water capacity for the immediate and future academic building planned for the North Campus.
In order to ASSOCIATED FIRMRMF Engineering, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$761.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the infrastructure’s presence on campus, the organization of spaces and selection of materials infuse the industrial nature of the building into a campus setting. Based on the idea of “phase change,” the transition between solid, liquid and gaseous phases of water, the design of the building emphasizes the level of energy required at each phase change. Operation spaces are organized along the north elevation toward campus or “solid state,” and the machinery for chilled-water production is organized along the south elevation toward the railway or “vapor state.” The circulation space between the operations area and the machine signifies the “liquid state”—the fluid communication between the operator and the machine.