Chaffey College, New Central Plant & Utility Infrastructure

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  • Hundreds of thousands in savings, from one new central plant

  • Project Overview

    Chaffey College had efficiency problems with boilers and chillers spread throughout their campus. After consultations, the college decided to increase the efficiency of its utility services with a new central plant and underground piping distribution system. We provided engineering services, construction documents, cost estimates and construction administration from inception to the post-warranty period. The distribution portion of the project included approximately six miles of underground piping that connected 18 buildings served by the central plant.

  • Solution

    The new 1,800-ton chiller plant was designed to provide cooling to campus buildings while the new 9 MMBtu boiler plant was designed for maximum efficiency while minimizing output of end products subject to regulations by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). We also built-in some flexibility for new telecommunications, as well as electrical and gas infrastructure for existing and future buildings on campus. The new central plant saved Chaffey over $500,000 in operating costs during the first three years of operation. The design also won a 2007 Engineering Excellence Merit Award from Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC).