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, 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 fa├žades 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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