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  7. East Regional Chilled Water Plant / Leers Weinzapfel Associates

East Regional Chilled Water Plant / Leers Weinzapfel Associates

  • 11:00 - 29 June, 2015
East Regional Chilled Water Plant / Leers Weinzapfel Associates
East Regional Chilled Water Plant / Leers Weinzapfel Associates, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, United States
  • Principal-in-Charge

    Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA
  • Principal

    Andrea P. Leers, FAIA,
  • Project Manager

    Joseph Raia, AIA, LEED
  • Designer

    Chien Hung-Yang, Juliet Chun
  • Area

    23163.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Associate Architect

    GBBN Architects
  • Construction Manager

    Shook Construction
  • Structural Engineer

    RMF Engineering
  • MEP Engineer

    RMF Engineering
  • Civil Engineer

  • Landscape

    Reed Hilderbrand
  • Lighting Design

    Francis Krahe & Associates, Inc.
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Text description provided by the architects. On a prominent site between campus and city, this critically important large infrastructure facility fits comfortably among its smaller academic neighbors, preserves an important green space, and frames the gateway for a new campus entry.


The large scale structure is modulated by its composition of two offset volumes: a lower, glazed rectangular volume with semi-transparent views from the interior looking out, and an upper lifted square volume with perforated metal walls of copper colored, resin coated aluminum that provides a cost-effective water cooling tower enclosure. Designed to support densely packed equipment layouts, both volumes respond to unique engineering requirements.

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

The upper screen wall is designed with two perforation densities, together with narrow open slots achieve the average 35% open area needed for equipment ventilation. The screen effectively shades the lower glazed volume and is a modern companion to the brick used widely throughout the campus.


The lower, glazed volume is designed with large panels of heat-strengthened glass with three densities of translucent ceramic frit and clear glass at the columns; together these gently screen the chiller equipment within, and no artificial lighting is needed during daytime working hours.

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Both volumes are gently LED illuminated at night to provide site lighting for the surrounding pedestrian zones and to continue the dialogue between the forms and their contrasting materials. The glowing crystalline lower volume is illuminated from the inside, while the metallic volume above is illuminated above. The new plant significantly improves campus central plant reliability, energy efficiency and environmental air quality.

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

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Cite: "East Regional Chilled Water Plant / Leers Weinzapfel Associates" 29 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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