Capitol Complex Central Utility Plant

Austin, Texas

The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. Completed in August, the Texas Facilities Commission Central Utility Plant (CUP), located North of the Capitol building at 17th and Colorado Streets, supports the new Texas Capitol Complex.  Encotech provided Structural engineering to accommodate the process mechanical equipment and piping within the new two-story facility.  The building includes roof-supported cooling towers, new chillers at the ground floor, and related pumps and equipment at the basement level. 

The new chillers were designed to work with the existing Central Utility Plant and required special coordination and piping. The CUP produces chilled water and circulates it through the cooling system, cooling two new office buildings which are consolidating staff to create operational efficiencies and visitor ease of access.

In keeping with the beautiful environment immediately surrounding the Capitol, the building features an uncommon amount of glass, as designed by Carter Design Associates, uncommon in industrial builds. Encotech's Structural design accommodated all the new equipment while providing for future flexibility and expansion.