South Chiller Plant Upgrades

The College of Law has entered into a construction contract with Tampa Bay Trane to replace the South Chiller Plant. The existing plant is 30 plus years old and has operated beyond its service life and capacity to service the campus. Many community members have felt the high humidity over the last month as one of the main chillers failed before we could get the upgrade completed. The work will take place from late November to early April. We will adjust construction working hours around College schedules and events. That said, this is a major construction project and disruptions to typical operations can be anticipated. The first work to begin is the removal of two trees between the South Chiller Plant and 15th Ave. S. After this work is done a temporary chiller will be placed between the South Chiller Plant and 15th Ave. S sidewalk. The work area will then be fenced around the South Chiller Plant all the way to the sidewalk from 15th Ave. S to the pool area. The depressed storm water pond will shift to the west to allow for the installation of the new air cooled chillers. The good news is the College will have a new 30 year chiller plant that eliminates all water and chemical currently used by the existing water cooled units. We estimate millions of gallons of water will be saved each year from our precious water aquifer. We will keep you informed as the work progresses. You can always call Facilities Management at extension #37373 for specific questions.