Current Projects

Steam Services Building

  • Project Leaders
    • Construction Management Firm: Alexander Building Construction Company
    • Professional Consultant: Buchart Horn Architects
    • Project Manager: Jeff Spackman
  • Description - The New Steam Services Building Project consists of new construction located within the 600-acre site of the existing operational West Campus Steam Plant.  The new 33,264 SF three (3) story mixed use office building with partial basement will predominantly serve the Steam Services Group that operates the existing Steam Plant as well as future tenants of the unfinished shell space.  The building will consist of a 3,489 SF partial basement that will house the building’s MEP rooms.  The first floor (9,925 SF) will showcase a lobby and reception area to greet visitors of both the new building and existing steam plant operations with an office, shop area and locker rooms behind.  The second floor (9,925 SF) will largely accommodate a future open office space (2,749 SF) however, it will include a break room, training area, conference rooms and office space that will serve the Steam Plant personnel.  Lastly, the third floor (9,925 SF) will largely consist of future open office space.

Back Pressure Steam Turbine 2 & 3

  • Project Leaders
  • Funding - Energy Savings Program, $9.2 million
  • Description - This is an energy project that replaces the existing two Back Pressure Steam Turbines (BPST) which are over 50 years old with new more efficient BPSTs.  The results will be increased electric production while decreasing the associated steam production.  Project costs compared to estimated savings show less than 5.5 year payback.
  • Benefits
    • Electric generation will increase 19,5000,000 kwhs annually
    • The new turbines decrease steam losses by 35,000,000 pounds annually
    • Annual GHG reduction is estimated at 10,800 MTCO
    • The annual energy savings in 2013 dollars is about $1.7 million

Boiler MACT

  • Project Leaders
  • Funding - $35 million
  • Description - The EPA finalized changes to the Clean Air Act standards for area source boilers. As a result, PSU must meet new admission standards by January 2016.
  • Benefits
    • Compliance with air quality regulations
    • Renewing of 50 year old boiler assets

ECSP Boiler Refurbishment

  • Project Leaders
  • Funding - $3.5 million
  • Benefits
    • Renewing of 1970s vintage packaged boilers
    • New burner management system
    • Improved boiler layup tools