Chiller and Cooling Tower Replacements

  • Client: University of Michigan
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Project Duration: 9 months
  • Project Contract Value: $8.6 million (USD)
  • Project Man Hours: 26,000
  • Services Performed:
    Construction Management

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For critical care of research animals.

The University of Michigan awarded a contract to CCC for construction management services to replace the failing chillers and cooling towers at the Medical Science Research Building on the Ann Arbor campus in Michigan. The chillers/cooling towers cool 350,000 square feet of research offices and labs, and are critical for maintaining research animals.

The scope of work included removing and replacing three chillers and eight cooling towers with three new chillers and four cooling towers. The project also included installing a new substation and bus duct (encased in concrete) in existing buildings, removing and replacing the roof over the chillers, fitting piping to new chillers and cooling towers, and wiring for new substations.

CCC self-performed the concrete, structural steel and drywall, and used nine subcontractors for electrical, mechanical, masonry, fire protection, sealants, painting, demolition, flooring and roofing. A difficult aspect of the project was performing the work in an occupied building which required power and cooling at all times for the research animals, along with working in tight areas with limited laydown areas.

Construction started in July 2015, and the job was completed in March 2016 with no recorable injuries.