A failing steam heating system posed many challenges for facility services at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. The college was founded in 1853, with some of the original buildings on campus dating back to the 1860s.
Installed in the late 1800s, the original Cornell College heating system consisted of a steam central plant that supplied all of the buildings on the university grounds with steam heat. Originally using coal, the school’s boiler plant was converted to gas in the 1960s. Three 350-hp gas powered steam boilers handled heat for the entire campus.