Patch Tampa, FL
Tampa-based real estate developer Strategic Property Partners LLC celebrated the official opening of the innovative district cooling facility at Water Street Tampa Wednesday.
SPP hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp to commemorate one of the first buildings to open inside the massive Water Street Tampa redevelopment project.
The completion of the cooling plant, which will produce and distribute chilled water to air condition the majority of the buildings in the neighborhood, signifies a major milestone for the 56-acre master planned community in the heart of Downtown Tampa.
"Today's ribbon-cutting ceremony is another symbol of the monumental progress of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood," said James Nozar, CEO of SPP. "We are proud to open this inventive district cooling facility that is providing an efficient, centralized utility solution to the neighborhood. The facility is also making our neighborhood infrastructure more resilient and fulfilling our commitment to promoting sustainability and wellness through the built environment."
Supporting SPP's desire to provide more publicly accessible open space throughout the neighborhood, the centralized cooling plant reduces redundant mechanical systems and energy consumption, making it 30 to 40 percent more efficient than traditional individual building chiller systems.