- Campus Infrastructure Master Plan
The goal of the Ohio State University Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) update was to develop a 40-year utilities roadmap that provides benefits in capacity, reliability, efficiency and emissions. The original IMP was completed in 2006 and required an update to align with the architectural One Ohio State Framework, which was completed in 2010 and changed assumptions used to forecast future infrastructure needs.
The systems evaluated were steam/condensate, chilled water, natural gas, domestic water, telecommunications, and district electrical service associated with combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The study focused on the modeling and conceptual design of production and utilities distribution, and it included evaluations of CHP and thermal storage, geothermal systems, while utilizing life cycle cost and sensitivity analyses.
A series of decentralized analyses were performed to evaluate the most effective thermal-utility application between local assets, a tie into an existing plant, or the construction of a new central plant. Each evaluation included differences in energy consumption, operation and maintenance, redundancy requirements, allocated building space, and distribution. These aspects contributed to the build-up of each option’s life cycle cost and sensitivity models to determine the best path forward.
The scope of services included a high-level condition assessment of a majority of the university’s tunnel system. The system contains more than eight miles of tunnels with some portions more than a century old. The condition of the tunnel’s structural and mechanical piping systems was evaluated, and long-term capital renewal requirements to maintain functionality of the tunnels were provided.
- Master planning
- Utility evaluations