Western Michigan University needed a new steam and chilled water plant. However, what it wanted included flexibility regarding fuel sources, safe remote capabilities for the boiler and chiller controls, and room for future expansion. It also wanted someone else to manage the numerous web of vendors involved in such a project. Here's the story of an initial wishlist that evolved into a tailored long-term plan. By Joanna R. Turpin
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.