On April 21 Lucy Dunn spoke at the dedication of John Wayne Airport’s Central Utility Plant (CUP), joined by Supervisor John Moorlach and Airport Director Alan Murphy. Construction of the CUP began in September 2009 as part of the Airport Improvement Project. Ms. Dunn acknowledged the airport’s efforts, and highlighted the importance of the airport to the business community.
The airport’s Capitol Improvement Program has resulted in more than $1 billion in benefit to the Orange County community through job creation and investment. The CUP, a design-build project, allowed contractors to both design and contruct the facility, resulting in time savings when compared with traditional design-bid-build procurement. The CUP was completed in late 2010, and is currently on-line supplying the terminal with power and chilled water to serve the air conditioning system. The facility houses four natural gas-fired internal combustion engines driving a total of seven megawatts of electricity and two 550 ton absorption chillers, one 125 ton air cooled centrifugal chiller, three 750 ton centrifugal chillers and all ancillary mechanical support equipment.