An early rendering of the new District Energy Plant IV planned at UCF.
An early rendering of the new District Energy Plant IV planned at UCF. (UCF)

Construction could start as soon as January on a new $13 million energy plant at The University of Central Florida, with opportunities to open for suppliers and service providers.

To be located on the university's main campus, UCF's new District Energy Plant IV will occupy 2.5 acres on the southwest corner of Star Street and Gemini Boulevard, east of Parking Garage C.

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The plant will provide centralized cooling and heating of water to part of the growing UCF campus, consisting of a 13,000-square-foot industrial chilled water plant, with a capacity of 8,000 refrigerated tons.

The university filed plans on Nov. 15 with the St. John's River Water Management District to build the facility.

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. is construction manager, Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz, Inc. (RLF) is serving as design engineer, and Harris Civil Engineers is the applicant on recent SJRWMD applications.

UCF originally chose Stellar Group as construction manager for the project, but when they couldn't reach an agreement earlier this year UCF moved to second choice CPPI, which signed on for the project in the late spring.

CPPI is currently reviewing subcontractor bid applications for the project, after advertising the openings in October. No recommendations have been made yet, said Glenn Mullins, vice president of pre-construction.

Further opportunity will lie ahead for sub-subcontractors and suppliers to the construction project after subcontractors are chosen, he added.

CPPI's guaranteed maximum price report for the project is now under review by UCF's Facilities Planning and Construction, a process that could be complete by next week, according to Bill Martin, director of that department.

The pace of UCF's review of a CPPI report will dictate when the project may break ground. As of now no date has been set, though groundbreaking is estimated for January, said project manager Jason Morgan.

Progressive energy modeling was used to optimize the new plant's design and select the most cost-effective chillers, according to UCF. The equipment selected could save UCF more than $100,000 annually in plant operations costs.

The university has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new building.

Estimated as a $13 million project by UCF, the plant was initially forecasted to have construction start in December and complete by July 2017, according to UCF's Facilities Planning & Construction department.

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