University of Central Florida
Chilled Water Tank Design
Salas O’Brien helped the University of Central Florida increase its energy and water efficiency by providing design and construction administration services for a new chilled water tank on the Orlando campus.
Ranked as one of the country’s largest universities, the University of Central Florida (UCF) offers a wide array of degrees and research opportunities on the school’s metropolitan Orlando campus and at multiple regional locations throughout central Florida. More than one million square feet—21 of the university’s properties across the state—are LEED certified, and the school has sustainability policies that ensure the implementation of best practices for energy, atmosphere, and water efficiency.
UCF uses electrically generated chilled water to cool campus buildings, but the water cooling and storage was driving up energy costs. The school brought in Salas O’Brien to provide design and construction administration for a new chilled water tank with the goal of enhancing energy and water efficiency on the campus.
The new storage tank stands over 40 feet tall with a 110-foot diameter, and it holds approximately 3,000,000 gallons of water. Two pumps act in parallel to move water from the tank into the campus distribution system. The new, larger tank enables UCF to generate and store chilled water at night when the electrical rates and environmental conditions are more favorable.
The tank has reduced the campus’s electrical demand and energy consumption during peak demand periods and significantly reduced their electrical energy costs.