University of Virginia Heating Plant Hot Well Replacement

CHA was responsible for emergency design and construction administration services to replace the hot well tank that handles the campus steam heating utility condensate return at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia. The UVA and CHA team configured a temporary bypass system that prevented any interruption to the UVA Hospital and connected academic, research and administration buildings. With the campus distribution system operating, the original hot well was demolished, and the replacement hot well was field fabricated in place using 316 stainless steel. Configuration improvements included upgraded access for service, maintenance and inspection.

The hot well replacement project fulfilled UVA’s requirement for project completion while avoiding a failure that would shut down the heating plant, interrupt the campus steam utility, significantly damage the coal-fired boilers, and shut down critical facilities such as the UVA Hospital.

  • 2018 ACEC Virginia Engineering Excellence Awards, Merit Award - Energy
Project Services:
  • Emergency Design
  • Construction Administration