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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   September 18, 2006, Vol. 96, No. 2   prev   next   current

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Chiller plant wins design award

Princeton NJ — The expansion of the University’s chilled water plant has won a design award from the Boston Society of Architects.

The plant, located south of the MacMillan Building, was constructed in 1963. In 2005, a new 11,000-square-foot building was added to house chillers, pumps and heat exchangers and a new 70-foot-high tank was constructed to hold 2.6 million gallons of water. The architects were Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston.

The judges cited, in particular, the new building’s exterior design and materials, noting the juxtaposition of the rough-textured stone wall facing east toward Elm Drive with the lighter glass and aluminum curtain walls, facing north and south. The latter walls employ fritted glass, which provides a soft diffuse glow at night.

The renovations were intended to enable the University to meet the growing needs of its physical plant more economically. The University can purchase electricity at a lower cost to operate the chillers during non-peak evening hours. The cold water then can be stored and used during the day for air conditioning campus buildings and cooling specialized laboratory equipment, such as lasers.



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