Cal State San Bernardino, Central Plant Expansion & Utility Master Plan

  • Location

    San Bernardino & Palm Desert, CA
  • Project Date

    Utility Master Plan: April 2015-February 2017; Central Plant: November 2015-May 2017
  • Market

    Higher Education - Public
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  • Master plan and chiller plant upgrades take campuses into the sustainable future

  • Project Overview

    We provided MEP design services for the expansion of a central chiller plant at CSU San Bernardino. Our scope of work involved replacing two insufficient electric chillers with new, 1,200-ton high efficiency chillers and adding a 1,080,000-gallon thermal storage tank to the central plant. We then provided ongoing commissioning services at 15 buildings to make sure the central plant operated as designed. CSUSB later contracted us to create a new utility master plan for their home campus and their satellite campus in Palm Desert. The 2016 MEP Utilities Master Plan provides the campus with a strong template for the upgrade and expansion of its utilities at both campuses.

  • Solution

    Our work at the main campus chiller plant included the re-pipe of the chilled water system within the central plant to effectively sequence the chilled water equipment and vary the chilled water flow for the most efficient, flexible, and optimized chilled water system. We also expanded the DDC controls to provide sequencing of chillers to optimize chiller operation and usage and added variable frequency drives (VFD) to existing cooling tower fans. For the utilities master plan, our report provides an analysis of the existing utilities currently serving the facilities, identifies alterations, upgrades and modifications necessary to support new buildings, major renovations, and building replacements that form part of the overall campus master plan. Our team also outlines recommended solutions and provided cost estimates for implementation of measures.