Owner: National Science Foundation
Client: Ferraro Choi & Associates
Project Completion: 2007
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
Strategically situated at the South Pole on a 10,000-footthick moving ice sheet, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is located in one of the most extreme remote cold region environments on earth. PDC provided complete mechanical, electrical, and utilities engineering services for the design of the third-generation United States research station.
The South Pole station houses and supports approximately 150 research and operating personnel. One of the premier facilities of its kind, it includes a 80,000 square foot elevated main station that houses berthing, dining, administrative, recreational, support, medical, and science functions; a garage/shop facility; station power plant; station cargo facility; vehicle and aircraft refueling systems; and emergency facilities.
Innovative design features include:
- Extensive active and passive heat recovery applications
- Use of an ice cavity water well as a thermal heat sink
- Both jacket water and engine exhaust heat recovery from power plant engine-generator units
- Walk-in coolers utilizing a free cooling system
- Heat recovery from high-intensity lighting in growth chambers