The West Campus Utility Plant project was a 12,000-sq.-ft., ground up facility that restored N+1 capacity to the Swem Plant, provided heating and cooling to the William & Mary Arts Quarter, and provided replacement capacity to the West Campus stand-alone plants as they reached the end of their lifecycle. The plant— located in the center of a dense, active campus and in an area of architectural prominence—was designed to put the boilers, chillers and associated piping and equipment on display.

The project also included a significant amount of underground utilities piping and infrastructure improvements around campus. It included the installation of more than 5,000-ft. of underground heating hot water and chilled water to create a secondary underground piping loop which tied into six (6) existing buildings. All of this work was phased in order to maintain normal campus operations and minimize impact to the student body. The project was completed with Zero Defects.

Green Features

Due to the intensely mechanical nature of this project, the team was challenged with finding various means to meet the requirements for recycled content and regional materials. Through extensive research of materials, the West Plant was able to achieve 28% recycled content and 41% regional materials. The team followed LEED v4 with the goal of achieving LEED Silver and was able to achieve LEED Gold Certified.


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