William & Mary’s plan for significant campus growth in the New Academic and Northwest Campus Life / Student Housing areas of the college included new and existing Academic, Residential, Gymnasium, Cafeteria, Museum and Fine Arts buildings projected to encompass over 1,200,000 SF. The existing utility generation and distribution systems in the area were inadequate to provide heating and cooling support. A new one-story 12,000 SF West Utility Plant was constructed adjacent to the existing Adair Gymnasium near the corner of Landrum Drive and Ukrop Way. The new plant has the ability, at full build-out, to have installed 5,120 tons of chilled water and 60 MMtuh / hr of 200°F heating hot water.
Completed in December of 2019, the utility plant occupies the immediate area North of Adair Gymnasium, including the few existing parking spaces located in the area. The utility plant includes all equipment and systems to provide chilled water and low temperature heating hot water utilities for distribution to the New Academic Campus and the Northwest Campus Life and Student Housing portions of campus. All of the equipment, piping and auxiliary systems necessary for proper operation of the West Utility Plant are contained entirely within the new plant building, except for electrical transformers and a fuel storage tank immediately outside the plant. The roof of the plant supports the plant’s ventilation equipment and cooling towers.
ENR MidAtlantic 2020 Best Projects Award of Merit Energy/Industrial for the William & Mary West Plant. Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent. Contractor: DPR Construction.