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Current Issue: July 7, 2003
Volume 38, Number 23

Lomas Chilled Water Plant dedicated

By Steve Carr

At the plant dedication and opening are, from left: Chris Bard and Bill Fanning (Fanning, Bard, Tatum Architects), Dr. F. Chris Garcia, Larry Willard, Julie Weaks Gutierrez, Howard Mock, Jaynes Corporation, Mary Vosevich, director, Physical Plant Department, Shad James, Jaynes Corporation, and Jeff Easton, chief executive officer, Lobo Energy, Inc. Photo by Steve Carr.

UNM President F. Chris Garcia, Vice President for Business and Finance Julie Weaks-Gutierrez and Larry Willard, Regent president and chairman of the board of Lobo Energy, Inc., were among the dignitaries in attendance at the dedication of the Lomas Chilled Water Plant recently.

The $12-million, 19,000-square-foot facility will provide cooling to satisfy campus needs well into the future.

“The completion of the Lomas Chilled Water Plant and distribution lines marks the completion of the first of three projects to upgrade and renew the utility infrastructure at the University,” said Mary Vosevich, director, UNM Physical Plant. “This chiller plant provides us with reliable capacity to cool the campus effectively, and will also provide cooling capacity for UNM for the next 20 years.”

“The Chiller Plant” houses state-of-the-art Trane electric chillers with a current capacity of 7,300 tons and a future capacity of 11,300 tons. The plant was funded entirely through UNM Revenue Bond Series 2001. UNM will retire the utility services cost reduction through new efficiencies and energy conservation. No state funding was requested for these utility projects.

The Chiller Plant boasts one of the newest, largest and most efficient cooling systems in New Mexico. The plant produces chilled water at nearly twice the rate and efficiency of the former chillers to comfortably cool and condition campus buildings.

The Chiller Plant was designed by GLHN Archtects and Engineers (Tucson, Ariz.); the building was designed by Fanning Bard Tatum Architects, with Jaynes Corporation serving as primary contractor.

The facility blends UNM’s traditional pueblo-revival design into an industrial building and serves as a beautiful and functional anchor to the Lomas Boulevard gateway to the campus.