The HFS Team delivered expert services for the A-E design and construction of a modern chiller plant at the Omaha VA Medical Center. The project involved demolishing existing systems and installing new equipment in a purpose-built chiller plant. This included advanced controls, safety features, and system modifications/enhancements for an effortless integration with the existing chilled water distribution system.
Initially, the project aimed to connect to a nearby university plant for chilled water, but after a feasibility study, the HFS Team determined on-site construction was necessary due to the lack of redundancy in the university plant. Over the years, the system had been modified creating an eclectic mix of technologies. These modifications resulted in complicated, inefficient, and wasteful piping and pumping systems.
The new plant, strategically located adjacent to the boiler plant, aimed to consolidate industrial areas, simplify maintenance, and allow for future expansion by adding bays for chillers and electrical equipment. Additionally, premium land area on campus was recovered from the existing towers and saved for alternate uses by placing the new cooling towers on the plant roof.