- Utility Master Plan
Argonne National Lab planned significant projects over the next 10 years and engaged our team to conduct a comprehensive utilities master plan (UMP) to determine the adequacy of the existing infrastructure for their current needs and to support the next 20 years of growth.
We met multiple times with Argonne’s subject matter experts (SMEs) for each discipline to discuss the issues as well as conduct surveys, identify deficiencies and perform condition assessments of all major utilities. Existing loads and infrastructure capacities were scrutinized to discern whether the planned growth could be supported by the infrastructure and, if not, offer suggestions for improvements.
The master plan provided a road map for the future growth of the campus. The goal of the study was to identify major utility deficiencies, prepare a list of prioritized projects including costs estimates, so that Argonne can plan for their future facilities budget. Our team worked collaboratively with Argonne counterparts to identify 226 projects totaling over $460 million in estimated costs for the following utilities:
- Chilled water
- Steam and condensate
- Natural gas
- High-voltage and medium-voltage power
- Civil utilities (lab water and waste, canal water, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and potable water)
- Utility master planning
- Site survey and condition assessments
- Planning for future growth
- Analyzing distribution systems for growth
- Preparation of utility maps
- Preparation of equipment schedules
- Cost estimation of projects
- Prioritization of projects
Argonne National Lab is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center managed by the University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the Department of the Energy’s Office of Science. Argonne was founded in 1946 on a 1,500-acre federally owned site and currently has 100 buildings and 4.8 million square feet of facility space. The existing facilities have an average age of at approximately 40 years. Accordingly, much of the supporting infrastructure also dates to the 1950s and 1960s.