Brown University

Watson CIT Chiller Plant Upgrade

Project Overview

Nestled in the College Hill section of Providence, RI, Brown University’s sprawling 150-acre campus includes close to 230 buildings, some of which have been standing since its initial construction in 1770. While steeped in tradition, the Ivy League institution also benefits from its progressive outlook towards the future, whether that be in the form of innovative cancer treatment testing or rehabilitating aging facilities.


As part of its ongoing facilities and utilities maintenance initiative, Brown replaced the aging chiller system located in the Watson Center for Information Technology (CIT) building, which had long-outlived its period of effective service. Arden removed existing systems and installed the new, energy-conscious system that ties into one of seven campus cooling districts.

Project Specifications

Contract Amount: $1,152,100

Construction Manager: A/Z Corp

Facility Type: Education

Schedule: Sept 2014 – Jan 2016

Location: Providence, RI

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Services Provided

Centrifugal chiller installation


Highlights / Achievements

Replaced aging chiller system with centrifugal liquid chillers

Connected chillers to exisiting cooling district

Value Delivered

The Watson CIT chiller upgrade plays a vital role in the overall reliability and energy efficiency of Brown’s utility system. The addition of a technologically advanced chiller in the Watson building allows the plant to be part of a centralized cooling district. This allows the university to save on energy costs, yet still retain the peace of mind associated with effective cooling systems for its buildings, data centers, and personnel.