Counterflow Phoenix®

Phoenix Fiberglass Counterflow cooling tower - CCS' exclusive open structure enables the Phoenix to fit your cubic jobsite footprint, exactly.

Design your project to meet your performance goals, and we'll build the cooling tower that fits. The Phoenix can be built to fit your design exactly, in both size and performance. Combining CCS' exclusive FRP tower structure, our flexible Multi-Flo™ distribution system, and the design optimization capabilities of our ThermaFit™ software, you can select the tower design that is ideal for your project.

CCS Open Structure Advantages

The Phoenix uses open structure "power columns" that are 6 x 6 inches allowing support columns to be spaced as far as 14 feet apart. This structure yields tremendous design flexibility to precisely match your application, yet still provides superior rigidity with all columns anchored to the basin.

CCS' open structure can span up to 14' between columns, in increments of 1".The illustration at the right shows the advantages of the open structure, including ease of access for serviceability, as well as fewer components and connections for faster installation. With the ability to adjust tower footprint design in 1-inch increments, we optimize column placement to achieve this open structure, regardless of finished tower size.

FM 4930 Approval

Our standard Phoenix tower meets FM 4930 Approval with our FRP basin. No modifications, no steel or concrete basin like other manufacturers must provide, and no sprinkler system required.

CCS Towers are engineered for a minimum structural design life of 50 years. Structural components manufactured and tested to our exact specifications deliver a longer service life, with greater UV protection and resistance to chemicals across a wider pH range.

The simplicity of the open CCS framework in comparison to most competitors.Flexible Size

Spans between columns are variable in 1-inch increments up to 14 feet. For replacement projects, the tower can utilize the full span of an existing basin without oddly-spaced structural components that impede serviceability, eliminating the need for expensive site modifications. Unlike some competitors, all columns in a CCS tower are attached to the basin. That's standard for CCS — no special designs or extended lead times are required.


MultiFlo Distribution System in the Phoenix cooling tower.Flexible Performance

CCS standard design also provides more flexibility in performance than other tower designs. Our Multi-Flo™ distribution system allows us to optimize the number of spray nozzles, their capacity, and their placement to best match tower dimensions. We also have the ability to adjust the type and placement of fill. As a result, Phoenix performance can be tuned to deliver superior performance in any size, especially for situations where widely varying loads may be common. Turndown capabilities for Phoenix can be as low as 30-50%, allowing for a wider range of load conditions.


ThermaFit Selection SoftwareBest Performance and Lifecycle Cost with ThermaFit™

For any project there can be dozens of potential tower configurations that meet physical size and performance requirements. Determining which is really the most efficient or presents the best lifecycle cost can be difficult. CCS’ ThermaFit solves the challenge. ThermaFit software is a powerful sizing and selection tool that utilizes the flexibility of CCS designs to produce multiple options in minutes. Engineers and CCS representatives can then quickly select a tower configuration that is the optimal fit for your project, from every perspective.

ThermaFit produces a full document package on the selected tower for your project, including a CTI data sheet, engineering specifications, tower and basin drawings, and performance curves and sound data.

For commercial, industrial and process applications where extended equipment life is required, the CCS Phoenix fiberglass counterflow field-erected cooling tower provides optimized footprint and performance solutions while delivering extended service life.

Optimized Design

  • All-fiberglass structure can be designed for specific seismic and wind conditions per the International Building Code or ASCE-7
  • Engineered to minimize structural air restriction
  • Motor located outside saturated airstream
  • Positive shut-off butterfly valves for optimalflow control
  • Superior counterflow fill media
  • Bottom-supported counterflow fill
  • Patented Multi-Flo hot water distribution system
  • Increased safety with FRP distribution cover at same elevation as fan deck
  • Designed to outlive the facility it serves

Non-Corrosive Construction Components

  • Fiberglass structural components
  • Rigid fiberglass fan deck and fan stacks
  • FRP blade louvers standard
  • Fiberglass hot water basin and basin cover
  • Type 304 stainless steel hardware
  • 100% locknuts on all structure hardware

Performance Benefits

  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Energy efficient
  • Quiet operation
  • Reliable year-round performance
  • Extended service life
  • Environmentally friendly
Use scissor lifts for service safety

With CCS, safety and efficiency are always design mandates. Our exclusive structure with its large spans allows for crew members to work from the safety of scissor lifts rather than ladders.

Easy basin cleaning with open structure

CCS open frame design allows easy access to the basin, making it faster and less costly to clean. Wide column spacing enables a small utility vehicle to scrape silt and scale out of the basin. Competing towers' basins must be cleaned by hand, by wading and using shovels.

Achieve efficient turndown of 30-50%

Each Phoenix tower's hot water distribution system is custom engineered to ensure efficient, uniform flow of water over the fill. The CCS Phoenix is capable of achieving a 30–50% turndown flow rate.

CCS tower use a stronger structure

Phoenix cooling towers utilize CCS's patented 2- and 3-bolt connection system, creating a stronger connection and a more stable structure.


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Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP)
Handrails, Knee Rails and Toe Boards

  • OSHA approved for tie-off (exceeds OSHA 5,000 lb. anchor point)


FRP Cladding

  • Double-wall panel or minimum 12 oz.-or-greater fire retardant casing
  • UV and corrosion resistant


FRP Fan Stacks

  • Includes view port and access door


Patented Structural Connection

  • US Patent 7,275,734 B2
  • Standardized 2- and 3-bolt 304 stainless steel (SS) or 316 SS


Gear Drive

  • Right-angle gear
  • Epoxy coated
  • Vibration cut-off and oil level cut-off switches pre-mounted


Hot-Dipped Galvanized (HDG) Steel
Support Torque Tube

  • Designed with safety lugs to facilitate lifting


FRP Manual Adjustable Pitch Fan

  • Moment balanced at factory
  • Corrosion resistant


FRP Non-Skid Fan Deck


FRP Plenum Access Hatch

  • Safe access to plenum and inspection walkway


Extended Deck (some designs)

  • Allows expanded access to motor



  • Direct drive or traditional motor solution


Full Tower Access: Stairway

  • FRP stairway with molded non-skid stair treads


Full Tower Access: Ladder

  • Caged ladder provides safe access to roof deck


Multi-Flo™ Counterflow Nozzle

  • Low-pressure counterflow nozzles that generates a uniform pattern providing superior distribution
  • Allows a wide range of flow rate turndown


Drift Eliminators


PVC Fill

  • Bottom-supported, facilitating installation and maintenance
  • Superior to hanging fill systems



  • Standard sidewall entry or optional center riser or bottom inlet


FRP Inspection Walkway

  • Facilitates access to mechanical equipment


20- or 30-Minute FRP Firewall Options



  • Cellular, blade and optional removable louver for access to basin
  • Removable blade louver access optional


Column Anchors

  • Every column anchored to basin
  • 304 stainless steel
  • 316 stainless steel (optional)