Penn State East Sub-Campus Chiller Plant

State College, PA

Invisible and inaudible in its collegiate environment.

Client
The Pennsylvania State University
Completion
2004
Size
18,600 acres
Cost
$12.8 Million
Role
Architect and Interior Designer with Robert A.M. Stern serving as Associate Architect
Description

The chiller plant, with an abutting parking deck on its east side, is a high-bay steel structure designed to accommodate a modular series of centrifugal water chillers and induced draft counter-flow cooling towers. With an ultimate capacity of 15,000 tons of cooling, linked to a campus-wide central utility loop, the plant will provide district-wide cooling. In addition, a centrifugal fire pump and anointed distribution provide life-safety protection for five new structures in the sub-campus. Considerable attention was paid to architectural design, to address and minimize both visual and acoustic impact of the plant on its surroundings. The façades are predominantly brick with ground face CMU and cast stone details complementing the architectural pre-cast of the parking deck and the light colored stone of adjacent buildings.

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