UC Irvine, Central Plant Boiler Replacement

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  • MEP design and 3D laser scanning services for boiler upgrades at a UCI central plant.

  • Project Overview

    UC Irvine turned to P2S as the prime consultant to provide MEP design to demolish and replace two steam boilers, with two high-temperature water generators. The project had two phases, which included the demolition of the two steam boilers and the installation of a single high-temperature water generator as the first phase, with the second generator as phase 2. Phase 1 incorporated piping modification to reconfigure the high-temperature water pumping system from pulling through to pushing through the existing heat exchangers. P2S used 3D laser scanning to create a full 3D model of the central plant.

  • Solution

    The detailed 3D Revit drawings generated by the laser scan fully covered the central plant and all affected areas. We verified all the equipment and piping clearances for constructability conflicts using the 3D model and with in-person site visits. The project also included comprehensive P & ID drawings of the existing high-temperature water system to allow a complete understanding of plant operations. We also conducted thermal expansion calculations for all new and existing piping and coordinated the boiler replacement design. Our team assembled a hydraulic model of the central plant's high-temperature water system to validate pressure ratings and valve selections.