© Gene Avallone

© Gene Avallone

© Gene Avallone

© Gene Avallone

© Gene Avallone

© Gene Avallone

Rochester Institute of Technology - Central Heating/Cooling Plant

Project

Complete upgrade of the 40 year old chiller and boiler infrastructure at this 4M SF Campus.  In addition to replacing outdated equipment and improving energy efficiency in the central plant, the campus wanted a master plan for utility growth that could be implemented as additional buildings were constructed.   The result was separate east side and west side plants with looped piping that allow for multiple feeds to each building in the event of piping or equipment failure. 

M/E Role

As the prime design professional, M/E was responsible for managing all sub-consultants, project cost control with the Owner, environmental permitting and establishing an aggressive but workable schedule.  In addition, RIT and M/E agreed to self manage the construction and not bring a construction manager on board.  A decision that improved construction quality and cost control due to the close working relationship between contractor, owner and project designers.  The project included the following components:

  • Over eight miles of MTHW (240°F) and chilled water piping (4 in. to 24 in.)
  • Three (3) 35 MMBTU and two (2) 45 MMBTU dual fuel hot water boilers with stack economizers.
  • Three (3) 2,400 ton and one (1) 2,000 ton dual head centrifugal chillers
  • 600 tons of waterside winter chilled water capacity.
  • Replacement of kitchen and lab steam generating equipment.
  • New 4.6 MVA double ended substations connected to the 12.47 KV system.

Challenges

Phasing the construction to allow for complete replacement of the existing central equipment and piping infrastructure while maintaining a year round college campus and dormitory operation. 

 

Location:
Rochester, NY