Roswell Park Cancer Institute Main Substation Replacement

The purpose of this project was to identify and design the appropriate replacement plan for the aging 23/4.16kV main electrical distribution substation that serves the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) campus. The new protection and control systems needed to include network communications via fiber as the overall power system must be monitored and controlled via an HMI.

The main design requirement for the substation was that the existing four incoming 23kV National Grid lines would remain and a four transformer/four bus configuration would be maintained. The substation remained in its current location; however, the existing building footprint was extended to include the existing fenced-in area adjacent to the existing substation building. During design, consideration was given to improving the system's automatic functions to support redundancy, self-healing, and real-time metering. System recovery and restoration of service after an event, life cycle maintenance, and operating costs were factored in the final analysis.

  • 2023 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards – Gold Award (Energy)
Project Services
  • Structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering design services for the replacement of the RPCI campus substation switchgear, transformers, battery banks, relay protection, metering, and medium voltage cable as necessary to accommodate the new substation
  • Architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering design services to extend the existing building footprint.
  • Architectural and structural services for updating the façade of the current power plant building