BWL Breaks Ground Downtown on $20 Million Chilled Water Plant

The Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) broke ground on a more than $20 million chilled water plant, marking the BWL’s largest construction-based investment in 40 years.

The plant will provide air condition to the State of Michigan office buildings and the Accident Fund. It’s possible that the new plant will provide air conditioning to additional Downtown Lansing developments.

“This $21.5 million Chilled Water Plant is our most significant construction project in nearly 40 years,” says Peter Lark with the BWL. “Moreover, the new plant signifies a vital part of downtown Lansing’s renaissance, because it ushers in further economic activity, including the historic redevelopment of the Ottawa Power Station.”

The plant will also be 60 percent more efficient than the BWL’s existing plant.

The plant will be located at the southwest corner of Pine and Allegan Streets. Construction should be finished by October 2009. The Christman Company is paying for the construction of the plant, but the BWL will own the facility.

Source: Mark Nixon, BWL

Ivy Hughes, development news editor, can be reached here.  

Photographs © Dave Trumpie

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