UCF files plans for central energy plant on Creative Village campus

The University of Central Florida filed plans this week for its central energy plant in Creative Village, the third piece of Phase 1 development for its portion of the downtown Orlando campus.

The 9,500-square-foot facility will house a chilled water plant that serves UCF's Dr. Phillips Academic Commons building, and office/retail space in the neighboring parking garage. 

With an estimated $12.3 million total project cost, the plant will start out with only a quarter of its space filled with chilling equipment, leaving room for future machinery as UCF's footprint on campus expands, said Allen Bottorff, director of downtown campus facilities. 

"We are seeking LEED Gold status for this central energy plant, which is a really good thing because we only have one (LEED Gold building) on the main campus," he told GrowthSpotter on Friday. "We also hope to install positions on the roof where we can deploy solar in the future." 

Robins & Morton is general contractor on the project and RLF is civil engineer and architect. A start to equipment procurement is anticipated in the next 90 days, with construction to follow and opening targeted for August 2019 with the other buildings on campus. 

Vertical construction is underway on the Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, a five-story, 148,000-square-foot building to be based at the southeast corner of Livingston Street and Terry Avenue. Total project cost there is estimated at $60 million, per Bottorff. 

Construction is also slated to begin this summer on the four-story, 580-space parking garage, according to Mike Kilbride, managing director for UCF Downtown. The garage's cost is estimated at $13.5 million, and PCL Construction is construction manager.

It will have an 8,947-square-foot campus store, conference room space, campus parking operation offices, student service offices and warehousing of campus supplies.

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