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Keeping buildings cool in the desert at a reasonable cost is critical for their success.


The University’s central cooling structure was failing, utility costs were rapidly increasing, and the campus was facing substantial planned growth. The physical plant department needed a plan forward that could help them meet demand at the lowest cost possible.


GLHN replaced the existing undersized tunnel piping with large diameter piping threaded underneath the campus to connect the existing systems to a new satellite plant. The new plant complements the architecture of surrounding buildings and includes high-efficiency water chillers and a thermal ice storage bank, enabling the campus to take advantage of lower electric rates at night, especially during peak summer demand periods.

Role: Architect & Engineer of Record
Size: 13,000 GSF
Cost: $24M