Cornell University Distributed Utilities Projects

The central heating plant and the chilled water plants at Cornell University supply the university campus with steam for heating and chilled water for air conditioning. The steam and chilled water are supplied and condensate returned through a network of underground piping systems. The total length of steam distribution piping on campus is approximately 10 miles with pipe size up to 24 inches. The existing underground piping systems are continuously upgraded and also expanded to supply new buildings.

CHA has provided regular and ongoing engineering and design services for the expansion of and improvements to the underground steam condenstate and chilled water distribution piping systems running through the Cornell University Campus.

Project Services:
  • Schematic design, including conceptual design and budget cost estimate
  • Hydraulic modeling of the chilled water distribution system
  • Preparation of main equipment bid specifications, bid reviews, and procurement recommendations
  • Detailed engineering and design
  • Preparation of installation contract specifications and drawings for construction
  • Monitoring of site installation work and commissioning