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Facilities Management

Central Utility Plant

In older buildings, the heating and cooling systems sometimes operate simultaneously in the same space, resulting in them working against each other. By grouping these systems together and having them communicate, greater efficiencies are obtained, and less energy is used. The Central Utility Plant Replacement project will reduce natural gas use by 73%.

                                Central Utility Plant

Water Cooling Equipment

A chiller plant is a centralized cooling system that produces a low temperature fluid that can be circulated across campus to provide cooling to several buildings. Chillers are among the largest consumers of energy in a building. The new chiller plant will include these features:

  • Centralized plant with 3,700 tons of cooling
  • [3] 1,000-ton high efficiency Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) centrifugal chillers
  • 700-ton modular heat recovery chiller
  • Upgrade and reuse existing cooling tower
  • Upgrade/refurbish existing Thermal Energy Storage (TES) tank
  • Refurbish existing chiller plant building
  • Excess energy from the PV arrays will be used to charge the TES

Water Heating System

Boiler plants are centrally located to many buildings and are used to create thermal energy in the form of steam or hot water and supply it to campus. Previous campus boilers had pneumatic controls, which will be upgraded with digital controls as part of the new Energy Management System. The new boiler plant will include these features:

  • Centralized CUP with 46,100 MBH of total heating capacity
  • [7] Modular Condensing Boilers combined with modular Heat Recovery Chiller (HRC)
  • Refurbish the existing boiler plant building with added meeting space
  • Domestic Hot Water (DHW) heat pumps at buildings