University of Rochester, System Expansion and Conversion

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University of Rochester, System Expansion and Conversion

FVB Energy has completed the schematic design and is now preparing the detailed design for a major new district hot water network and related building connections. The new district heating system will replace an older steam system, and is being undertaken in conjunction with the implementation of combined heat and power (CHP) with an ultimate capacity of 18 – 20 MegaWatts (MW) electric. A 7 MWe low pressure steam turbine will be installed in 2005, and a 18 MWe high pressure turbine is planned for later implementation.

FVB’s scope of work includes Design Development and Construction Document engineering services for:
• plant production of 250 million Btu/hour of low temperature hot water
• 36,000 trench feet of hot water distribution and
• 95 building connections.

FVB also designed the expansion of the chilled water distribution loop serving Medical campus at the University of Rochester. FVB prepared a design package for use in soliciting bids for project construction and installation. FVB has supervised and coordinated preparation of engineering and construction documents for the underground piping, the connections to the existing piping network, and provisions for direct interconnections to four buildings. Specifications for the required earthwork and restoration were included as part of the construction documents.

In the past, FVB also conducted a feasibility study to prepare preliminary engineering design and cost estimates, address contractual and rate issues, and assess the economic benefits of a potential steam line interconnection between the University’s campus heating and cooling plant and the Rochester District Heating Cooperative system serving the downtown business community.