The Cates Chiller Plant is a 34,000-square-foot addition that mixes brick veneer with a modern expression of metal and glass. The facility ultimately will accommodate six chillers and cooling towers for a total chilled-water capacity of 12,000 tons.
The concept for the design was to reflect and express the needs of the campus (brick), machines (metal) and COST PER SQ FT$405.91FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized (glass-light-views). All three were developed as a response to the challenge of inserting and expressing a machine-like building into the heart of the university campus. The design was sympathetic to the surrounding campus fabric and existing plant.
The primary building is rendered as a metal box, clad in insulated metal panels, punctuated by large expanses of glazing. The metal panels are structural, allowing for decreases in construction time and costs. The exposed metal stair also was designed to be relocated as a unit as part of a phased expansion. A metal grating system on the building’s perimeter allowed the structural columns to pass by the floor system to ventilate air up from the pump room.