Central Mechanical Systems

In 1998 the College developed a central chilled water plant to address the majority of the campus’ cooling needs. Where possible, buildings are designed to connect into central utility systems to take advantage of the load diversity. The central systems are almost always more efficient than individual distributed systems (which was the College’s design strategy before 1998).

Mechanical Systems

Central Utilities Site Plan

Mechanical and lighting systems consume the majority of energy used by buildings. Dependence on fossil fuels cannot be reduced without optimizing heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), hot water, process utilities, controls and energy management systems.