Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners in partnership with Tampa Bay Trane is working to implement a central cooling solution in the southen end of downtown Tampa. Tampa city council will vote on Thursday to approve an agreement with SPP to lay pipes under the roads downtown and begin construction on a central cooling station. It would consolidate 20-25 water chillers across several buildings to one designated site.
The station will be located on the northwest corner of the intersection of East Cumberland Avenue and South Nebraska Avenue with chiller lines running underground. The site is centrally located within 40 acres of Vinik's project site in Tampa's urban core. The purpose of this cooling system is to maximize the use of that property and for its sustainibility and environmental benefits. With the station in place, the amount of water required to cool the buildings in the project area is roughly 40% lower when compared to a typical cooling approach. It will also enhance the efficiancy of the buildings, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
This frees up the rooftops of these bulldings for interesting activities. Downtown Tampa could soon see its share of rooftop bars and restaurants, or green roofs which would alleviate heat in the 40 acre district.