VAE were engaged to install three new Carrier chillers complete with Carrier i-Vu Chiller Plant Optimisation System, as well as the installation of five new BAC Cooling Towers replacing the existing towers. The new cooling tower works included the installation of a new condenser water riser from the Hawken basement plantroom to the roof of the building.
Collaboratively, the design team worked to overcome challenges of installing high capacity plant equipment into a compact area. The replacement of the cooling towers involved the logistically complex task of replacing the existing towers and installing new structural steelwork supports and maintenance platforms to service the new cooling towers in a relatively congested roof space. The Crane lifts performed onsite were meticulously, and successfully, planned to the nearest centimetre due to the access constraints.
The project was undertaken within the live university environment and involved close co-ordination with multiple stakeholders. Together with UQ’s Properties and Facilities Department VAE were able to complete the project with minimal disruption to the University.