LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement
The Central Utility Plant (CUP) Replacement project provides a modern, state-of-the-art, computer-managed utility plant for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). A design-build project, the new facility improves the reliability of utility service and helps the client enhance passenger comfort at LAX.
Clark, in a joint venture agreement, constructed the new 75,000 square-foot, steel-framed replacement CUP with a 20,000-ton cooling capacity. The team managed the installation of the associated equipment, such as a stand-by boiler, primary and secondary chilled water pumps, cooling towers, electrical systems and switchgear.
The project also included:
- a new maintenance shop and offices;
- an above-grade thermal energy storage (TES) tank with capacity for 1.6 million gallons of water and 15,500 ton-hours of cooling;
- replacement of approximately 18 miles of pipe and duct bank;
- installation of several miles of new distribution piping;
- and the upgrade of pump rooms and air handling equipment in 21 different locations.
The existing CUP serviced the airport throughout construction. Upon completion, the new CUP was brought on-line and the old CUP was decommissioned and demolished by Clark.
Systems and their components for the new CUP are designed and constructed to achieve LEED Gold certification.