Duke University Chilled Water Plant Tour (May 24, 2016)

May Meeting

Join us on May 24th for a tour of Duke University’s Chilled Water Plant

Join Casey Collins, Energy Manager, and Chris Silcott, Operations Engineer, as they lead tour participants through Duke’s Chilled Water Plant #2.  Learn how this modern 35,000 cooling ton facility supports over 17 million GSF of research, hospital, clinical, academic, administrative, and residential space, and how district energy fits into the overall mission of the University & Medical Center. Chris and Casey will discuss system planning, plant design, plant operations & performance, energy efficiency, sustainability, data management, and other pertinent topics.

We’ll walk through both interior and exterior spaces to review chillers, pumping equipment, cooling towers, water systems, and pay a visit to the adjacent Duke Water Reclamation Pond. The tour will proceed rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Duke will provide hearing protection and safety glasses.

Pizza and drinks will be provided to those attending. Please RSVP so we can have your name at the gate and plan food accordingly. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
4:30 (Social
5:00 (Presentation/Tour)


Duke Chilled Water Plant #2
916 S. LaSalle St. Extension
Durham, NC 27708
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(The facility is just to the South of the intersection of Erwin Rd. & LaSalle St. on Duke’s West Campus, see parking information below)


NCAEE Members and Friends


No cost for attendees

Presenter Bios:

Chris Silcott is the Operations Engineer for the Utilities and Engineering group within the Facilities Management Department at Duke University. He leads the continuous effort of optimizing the operation and performance of the steam and chilled water plants, and assuring a steady, reliable utility feed from these plants DukeCWP#2_2240_rszto all connected buildings on campus. Chris has been in this role since 2012, when he came from a twelve year stint as a consulting engineer designing steam and chilled water generating facilities for government and higher education facilities across the country. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a LEED accredited professional.

Casey Collins is the Energy Manager for the Facilities Management Department at Duke University. He leads a team that provides supply- and demand-side energy and water management services, provides technical guidance for new construction and capital improvement projects, administers campus automation systems, manages utility and energy data, and engages with the academic and professional communities at Duke. Casey joined Duke in 2009 after working as an engineering, energy services and project management consultant serving industrial, institutional, and utility clients across the Southeastern U.S. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Certified Energy Manager.


  • From Erwin road, turn to head south on LaSalle St.
  • Turn right into the plant driveway (first right after turning onto LaSalle St.)
  • After turning into the plant driveway, proceed through the gate (plant staff will open the gate for you).
  • Continue to the left where the drive forks, and park in designated spaces along the curb.
  • Plant staff will let you in the front door and direct you to the tour meeting location.

Additional Information:

If lost, call Walter Bright cell phone 919-545-6800