The West Campus Utility Plant’s primary function is supplying chilled water and emergency power to energy-intensive research buildings in the southwestern corner of the University of Washington campus. This area has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, and the draft campus master plan envisions more development in this area.
The new plant includes many sustainability features, such as an automated air monitoring system that can adjust the level of cooling based on the air temperature outside. While this kind of automated adjustment may not be unique for an individual building, it’s unique to have on this scale, supplying a network of buildings out of one plant.
With the West Campus Utility Plant, UW Facilities Services will be better able to deliver a campus ready for the world-renowned research taking place at the University each day. Learn more about the plant's operations on the Facilities Services blog.
The West Campus Utility Plant includes an interpretive element to provide a window into the University’s commitment to sustainability. This includes the lighting effects on the large polycarbonate screens at the top of the plant and open windows at the street level, along with six video screens which display information and stories about sustainability at the UW.
The video display will provide a showcase for a variety of sustainability messages. The initial videos for these screens, highlighting student groups at UW with a sustainability focus, were developed by Visual Communication Design students led by associate professor Kristine Matthews.