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College Station: TAMU Regents Approve $20.9 Million Utility Plant Expansion

Feature Photo: The existing Satellite Utility Plant 3 at the corner of Joe Routt Boulevard and Throckmorton Street. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 9-13-2021

by Adolfo Pesquera

College Station (Brazos County) — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently approved the project scope, budget and authorized construction of the Satellite Utility Plant 3 expansion, a $20,930,520 project.

During the quarterly meeting of Aug. 26, updated the TAMU System capital plan by authorizing three actions–approving the project scope and budget; appropriating $18,837,468 for construction services ($2,093,052 had been previously appropriated); and approving construction of the SUP3 Expansion Project at the main College Station campus.

While total project cost is almost $21 million, the project budget provides $17,577,000 for actual construction, plus a contingency account of $1,105,268.

The existing SUP3 facility was built in 1989 and provides cooling and heating capacity to the southeast part of the campu. Expansions on the campus have required a corresponding need for more centrally-supplied cooling and heating.

The new building loads come from the Music Activities Center, the Student Services Building, the 21st Century Classroom Building, and the Polo Garage Transportation Offices, Rec Center and Food Services, along with the upcoming loads from the South Campus Rec Center. The combined capacity of the Central and Satellite utility plants will be exceeded.

The SUP3 expansion will add 6,000 tons or more of cooling capacity. Taking into account the recent additions to the southeast campus, the expansion will provide roughly 3,750 tons of additional capacity to serve future growth.

The new chillers are expected to have a life of more than 25 years, and the building should have a life of more than 75 years. The existing chillers, boilers and auxiliary equipment will be replaced or added within the SUP3 based on equipment age and campus load.

The SUP3 facility is located on east end of the camus at the intersection of Throckmorton Street and Je Routt Boulevard, east of Rudder Tower.

The scope of work includes:

  • Relocation of two existing heating hot water pumps.
  • New equipment to be added during expansion shall include chillers and support pumps, cooling tower units, condenser water pumps and controls systems.
  • If funding allows, the contractor will: (1) pull additional new conductors to the existing facility from the 1081 switching station; (2) add chiller capacity; (3) upgrade in controls system; (3) add service agreement for chillers; (4) purchase spare parts.

The project will include required site preparation, including selective demolition of the existing facility, utility extensions and relocations, walkways replacement as needed, curb repairs as needed, and landscaping.

Construction was to begin this month–the “Notice to Proceed” was scheduled as Sept. 20–and reach substantial completion by March 2023.

VBX Project ID: 2021-427A


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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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