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NMSU Regents approve chilled water system improvements for Las Cruces campus

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents gave approval for construction of a new satellite chiller plant and upgrades to existing chilled water distribution piping throughout the Las Cruces campus at its regular meeting Friday, Sept. 17.

Michael Rickenbaker, university architect, said the system is a significant need for the campus. The $24 million project will be funded with institutional revenue bonds. About 67 percent of the project cost is going directly towards piping and equipment that will deliver the chilled water to campus.

The satellite plant will house the necessary equipment to provide an additional 5,000 tons of chilled water capacity to the existing chilled water distribution system. The project aims to provide chilled water for near term growth on campus, but also allows for the expansion of the secondary chilled water facility in the future to accommodate additional campus growth.

"We plan not only for the future of facilities, but also for our future infrastructure needs," Rickenbaker said.

The satellite plant will be a modest building at the southwest corner of the Natatorium parking lot. Rickenbaker said the project will not impact parking, and although it will require that the intramural ropes course be moved, the move will make the course more accessible for users.

In other business, College of Business Associate Dean Kevin Boberg gave an informational report to the Regents on the construction of an Early College High School Facility in the Arrowhead Business and Research Park.