Whether it's a planned equipment changeout, an increased temporary load, an equipment failure, scheduled maintenance procedures requiring a shutdown of cooling systems, or a natural disaster, portable air conditioners, also referred to as "spot coolers," can fill a crucial role. Additionally, they can serve as permanent cooling systems for small-to-medium sized equipment centers, such as telephone systems or server rooms, and more.
One of the many ambitious projects is the addition of a central chiller plant to replace the existing chillers found at most of the individual buildings on campus. The new chiller plant, being built by The Walbridge Aldinger Company and consisting of three 1,300-ton Trane chillers, will help the university realize tremendous savings in efficiencies and maintenance. "As with any project of this size and scope the going is not always easy and it is filled with many obstacles and surprises," explained Mark Henry, vice president of Mobile Air, Inc.