Site Utilities & Central Utility Plant Upgrades

UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland

Architect: Ballinger
Completed: 2019

Engineering design and construction phase services were provided for the replacement and upgrade of equipment in a Central Utility Plant (CUP) and for installation of new utility services and connections to a new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB).  The CUP scope of work included mechanical design for replacing an existing 1,000-ton chiller with a new 2,000-ton unit and required appurtenances, along with high temperature hot water (HTHW) distribution and increased pumping capacity. Electrical scope included replacement of two existing 7,500 kVA, 4.16 kV transformers located adjacent to the central plant with two 10,000 kVA transformers and associated distribution equipment. The site utilities scope included extending the existing site utility tunnel 350 feet to the new ILSB, installation of new chilled water and high temperature hot water (HTHW) distribution piping from the site utility tunnel to the new building, and lighting and ventilation within the utility tunnel extension. A new medium voltage electrical distribution system within the walkable utility tunnel system was designed as well as divergent path MV distribution via independent duct banks for redundancy.  Design and construction of the new 131,000 GSF ILSB was provided by Ballinger.

Services: M/E Design and Construction Administration Services