Oklahoma State University to replace campus power plant

The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents on Jan. 23 selected Flintco out of Tulsa, Okla., to serve as the construction manager for a new central thermal plant and associated distribution facility on the OSU Stillwater campus.  

The new facility will replace the current power plant, which was built in 1948 and cannot meet the needs of the growing campus. The current project plan calls for the new facility to be built along Washington Street just east of the Monroe Street Parking Garage a few blocks north of the existing Power Plant. The university expects to break ground on the project by this fall.

“The Power Plant has served the Stillwater campus well for more than 65 years,” said James Rosner, Director of Utilities and Energy Management. “The World War II era equipment currently in use is less reliable and not as energy efficient as today’s high efficiency boilers and chillers planned for the new plant.”

Rosner added: “The plan is to build the new facility and then connect the necessary chilled water, steam and electrical piping and distribution systems that support every building on the Stillwater campus.”

The estimated cost of the new plant is $75m. The new facility will provide the steam and chilled water necessary to heat and cool the Stillwater campus. The facility will not produce electricity. The Cowboy Windfarm has supplied 70% of the power to campus since 2013 and the remaining electricity is supplied from conventional power sources.

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