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Public Tour of South Energy Center

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Shands Cancer Hospital at UF

1515 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

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Learn all about the South Energy Center, a critical resource for Shands at UF South Campus hospital.

The South Energy Center, a combined heating and power plant (CHP) began commercial operation in May 2009. It provides multiple onsite utility services to the Shands at UF South Campus hospital. The new facility houses a 3.5 MW natural gas-fired turbine capable of supplying 100% of the hospital’s electric and thermal needs.

Before you arrive at the site, please prepare for your tour by reading this and carefully observing our policies. GRU staff will host your tour of the facility. Your host will provide you with a close-up look at the operations of the plant.

You will be walking on outdoor platforms and climbing steps in the industrial environment of a wood-fired power station. You will see large, rotating machinery in operation, which can be somewhat noisy.


Rules for SEC Guests

1. General Guidelines
No weapons, drugs or alcohol of any kind are allowed on the property.
Guests are to stay with the tour group and not wander off into other parts of the facility
No smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco products while on the tour

2. Clothing and Safety Gear
Sandals and open-toed shoes are not allowed. Shoes must have leather uppers and ½” heels. Tennis shoes are acceptable. Shorts are not allowed. Tour guests must wear long pants; capris pants are acceptable for female guests. Tank tops are not allowed. Hardhats, safety glasses and earplugs will be provided and must be worn during the walk-around tour

3. High Elevation and Close Confines Advisory
If you have any concerns about high elevations or close confined spaces, please inform your host at the beginning of the tour so arrangements can be made accordingly

4. Age Restriction
Guests must be 13 years of age or older. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


5. Identification
Every person entering the SEC site will be required to show a picture I.D. before entrance is allowed in order to comply with the plant security and safety procedures.

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1515 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

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