South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects

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Architects: Ross Barney Architects
Location: College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University, 500 West 12th Avenue, , OH 43210, USA
Design Principal: Carol Ross Barney
Principal In Charge: Eric Martin
Project Architect: Jonathan Graves, Marc Anderson
Design Team: Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Huili Feng
Architect Of Record: Champlin Architects
Local Architect: Lupton Rausch
Area: 95750.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brad Feinkopf

Structural Engineer: Shelly Metz Baumann Hawk
Construction Manager: Whiting Turner
Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: RMF
Facade Consultant: Arup
Landscape Architect: MSI Design
Lighting Consultant: Garry Steffy Lighting Design, Inc.

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From the architect. The South Campus Central Chiller Plant will provide the Medical District of the Ohio State University a long term, efficient and sustainable solution for chilled water production and distribution. Durability and redundancy will be addressed with a modular design with additional components of all critical equipment to maintain 12,500 tons of chilled water for the medical center customers. To further increase reliability, emergency power will be installed with the chiller plant to provide chilled water for critical operations during power outages.

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The ultimate capacity of the Chiller Plant will be 30,000 tons of chilled water. The installation the chillers will be installed in phases to address requirements of the medical center and will be remotely controlled at the central power plant with robust industrial control systems. Phase one of the chiller plant will be a minimum of 15,000 tons for the new Cancer and Critical Care Tower and the gradual replacement of aging equipment located in existing buildings of the medical campus.

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The chiller plant will be constructed in the current location of a surface parking lot west of the College of Pharmacy. The site is currently below the flood plain and will require underground utility relocations and the location of critical equipment above this elevation.

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The siting of the building took into consideration the relocation of Cannon Drive and future extension of Kinnear Road. The new chiller plant will serve as an iconic anchor for this future intersection.

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The materials for the new chiller plant will be concrete precast panels with a high sheen polish finish. Large glazed openings are located to help identify the function of the building by framing views of the chiller equipment. Since there are no visible moving parts, dichoric glass fins located in the joints of the precast panels, will convey a sense of motion as the colors change from the movement of the sun. The design incorporates sustainable principals and will be integrated with the planning of LEED certification of other District facilities.

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Although the building is located at the edge of campus, on a very prominent, visible site, pedestrian movement along Cannon must be considered as an important pathway to the main Campus. To reinforce this, the landscaping around the building will consist of a plaza and landform seating area to engage the pedestrian traffic. Also, as a part of the University’s Framework Plan for the Cannon Drive Corridor, a “pond” of prairie grass will be provided on the west of the building to to respond to the revitalization of the greenscape along the nearby Olentangy River.

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Cite: "South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects" 01 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=408850>
  • Croco Dile

    This “utility box” looks really good.

    • Richard Peck

      What a cool facade. Wish we had more info on it