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Curious City Reveals What’s Inside Energy-Saving Enwave Chicago Plant

On the trail of unique buildings in downtown Chicago, WBEZ’s Curious City featured Enwave Chicago’s State and Adams chilled-water plant in its July 10 program, describing the building as an “ice water factory on four vertically stacked floors.”

Although we’ve never quite thought of it that way before, the show’s producers are right! We invite you to read or listen in and hear more about Curious City’s tour of the building and an interview from architect Walt Eckenhoff of Eckenoff Saunders, who designed the structure in 1995. (The segment on Enwave Chicago starts about 7 minutes in.)

Our State and Adams plant (P-1) sits atop a CVS pharmacy and houses cooling equipment with a chilled-water capacity of 20,000 tons, plus a 66,000 ton-hr ice tank. Enwave Chicago’s overall district cooling system includes four additional plants, three of which also produce ice. Together the five plants serve a contracted cooling capacity of more than 107,000 tons in the Loop, West Loop, South Loop and River North.

Dive into our web site to learn more about our plants and how service from Enwave Chicago benefits customers in downtown Chicago, plus contact us for more information.

The July 10 Curious City program also features profiles of a Commonwealth Edison Substation on Dearborn and an AT&T equipment building on Canal St. All buildings are vital part of downtown’s infrastructure that keeps Chicago’s businesses in business.

WBEZ at 91.5 FM is part of Chicago Public Media and produced the program in partnership with Chicago Architecture Foundation, which provided research, expertise and other assistance during its development. Curious City is also available via RSS, iTunes, Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

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