In an effort to provide the Ohio State University (OSU) South Campus with a long-term, efficient, and sustainable solution for chilled water production and distribution, Ross Barney Architects envisioned a "House for Energy". This concept initiated the LEED Silver Certified project, now known as the Central Chiller Plant.
Over 200 precast panels were created using 11 different panel types. The number of panel types significantly reduced costs. To create variation, panels were flipped or rotated, multiplying the visual variety without adding to production costs. Glazed openings are located to frame views of the chiller equipment, and dichroic glass fins cast color-changing shadows with the movement of the sun. The result is a dynamic façade that changes with the time of day, season and the location of the observer.