UC Irvine, Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades

  • Location

    Irvine, CA
  • Project Dates

    October 2015 - January 2018
  • Construction Cost

    $16.3 million
  • Delivery Method

    Design-Build
  • Market

    Higher Education - Public
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  • Increased power capacity prepares UCI for an electric future

  • Project Overview

    We designed UCI’s electrical infrastructure upgrades with a focus on enhancing crucial factors like flexibility, redundancy, maintainability, operation. That’s all important but we also made sure that UCI has the extra spare capacity to accommodate future growth on the campus and give power to all those curious anteaters eager to learn. The improvements have the additional benefit of supporting UCI’s electric vehicle charging stations.

  • Solution

    Our upgrades increase the main university substation’s power capacity and include a new substation transformer and new 12kV switchgear at the main university substation. We also added a new 12kV south substation on the outer campus utility loop to decentralize primary distribution. Other new additions to the electrical infrastructure were a new 12kV feeder from the main university substation to the south substation and a new 12kV feeder and duct bank system between the south substation and existing east substation. Besides news additions, we also replaced switchgear lineups and associated protective devices at the east substation and the university central plant with new switchgear lineups and protective devices. Our design also included an entirely new 12kV SCADA system which we interconnected with substation SCADA systems.