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Clark/McCarthy Team Replacing LAXís Central Utility Plant

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Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture, which completed the $575 million Tom Bradley International Terminal Improvements and Baggage Screening Systems project last year, recently was awarded a $272 million design-build contract to replace the airportís central utility plant.

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The project will provide LAX with a new, 75,000-sq-ft CUP with a 20,000-ton cooling capacity. The CUPís equipment will include electric-driven centrifugal chillers, steam-driven chillers and a cogeneration system that uses steam generators to recover heat produced by gas-turbine-driven generators. The project team will be responsible for installing all the associated equipment, which encompasses a stand-by boiler, primary and secondary chilled water pumps, cooling towers, and an above-grade thermal energy storage tank.

Clark/McCarthy also will install replacement utility distribution piping, electrical and communications duct banks, reclaimed water, fire water, and potable water piping to all terminals at LAX. The existing CUP will service the airport throughout construction. Upon completion, the replacement will be brought on-line and the existing central utility plant will be decommissioned and demolished.

Systems and their components will be designed and constructed to achieve LEED silver certification.

Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014.

Gruen Associates of Los Angeles is the architect and Arup of Los Angeles is the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and commissioning engineer. Additional project partners include Capital Engineering Consultants, Rancho Cordova, mechanical consultant; Greenform, Los Angeles, sustainability consultant; and PID Engineering, San Diego, cogeneration consultant.

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