The Power Plant, located on the north side of the campus, provides steam to all campus buildings throughout the year for heat, hot water and cooking steam in the commons. The primary fuels for making steam are low sulfur coal and natural gas. It also uses diesel fuel for emergency situations.
The chilling plant is attached to the Woodland Avenue side of the Power Plant. It provides chilled water to campus buildings to be used for cooling in the summer months.
The campus heating plant consists of four boilers (45,000 lb/hr, 45,000 lb/hr, 15,000 lb/hr, 100,000 lb/hr) that are capable of burning natural gas. The two 45,000 lb/hr units can also burn coal or pelletized paper, and the 15,000 lb/hr and 100,000 lb/hr units can also burn No.2 fuel oil. An environmental control system (commonly known as the bag house) was installed over the summer of 2004 that has greatly reduced the ammount of particulate emissions that occur as a result of operations. While the facility requires continual maintenance and upkeep, the condition of equipment is fairly good.
During 2000-2001, the University installed a 15,000 s.f. addition to the heating plant in order to accommodate on 1400 ton and one 400 ton central chillers and associated piping, cooling towers and electrical and mechanical support equipment. A chilled water loop was also direct buried that runs directly underneath the main pedestrian mall that services the core of the academic campus. At present, only three facilities are tied to the central chiller plant, the Arts and Communications Building, the Halsey Science Complex, and the Reeve Student Union. Funding has been approved ffor the installation of and additional 1400 ton chiller that would provide cooling to several additional facilities.
The campus heating plant supplies steam to all major buildings on campus through underground steam and condensate return lines. Only a small segment of these lines (558 feet along Algoma Boulevard, 620 feet along Woodland Avenue, and 150 feet behind Harrington Hall) are in walk through tunnels. The rest of the approximately 9,070 feet of piping is buried directly inside concrete boxes. In recent years there have been several projects to replace rotted sections of condensate piping and to make repairs to the steam pits. The overall condition of the steam distribution system could be categorized as fair, but will require continual maintenance and upkeep.
Central Heat Plant Supervisor
Central Heat Plant Staff:
From Left: Evan Schwalbe, Dave Schumacher, Pete Hennes, Randy Brockman, Bill Santiago, Dan Durant, Gordon (Bear) Hoffman. Absent from picture: Brian Fowler.
- Feb 05, 2010
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