Electrical and Mechanical

The electrical and mechanical areas are responsible for maintaining the electrical systems, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVAC/R) and energy management systems throughout the campus.  The staff maintains the chemical treatment systems, exhaust systems, interior and exterior lighting, electrical distribution systems within and between all buildings, electric motors and controllers, fire alarm systems and elevator electronics. Additionally, they maintain the pool, all plumbing fixtures, storm and sanitary drainage systems, building heating systems which include baseboard hot water heat, supply fan units and filters, water softeners, fire hydrants and natural gas lines.  In addition to performing many repairs throughout the campus, the staff uses their skill to perform many in-house projects each year.


ELECTRICAL

The Electrical group is responsible for maintaining the campus wide electrical systems. The staff maintains the interior and exterior lighting, electrical distribution systems within and between all buildings, emergency phones, electric motors and controllers, fire alarm systems and elevator electronics. In addition to performing many repairs throughout the campus, the staff uses their skill to perform many in-house projects each year.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS) / BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM (BAS)

The EMS / BAS controls, monitors and regulates the campus HVAC systems by providing alarm conditions (high water in basements or temperature ranges within buildings, equipment, etc.) and controls the operation of exterior lighting.  The BAS also monitors area conditions.  When these conditions exceed parameters established by the operator of the BAS, alarms are transmitted and crews are dispatched to respond.  The group continues to find new areas to expand the use of the BAS to control equipment that will help in the reduction of energy consumption, and to add building functions to the BAS to monitor and provide alarms for when they malfunction. Controlling the campus’ energy usage is the most significant operation of this group. Currently, there are over 10,000 control and monitoring points throughout the campus. The primary use of the BAS is to control and schedule mechanical equipment that is used to provide ventilation and regulate the temperature in campus buildings.

HVAC/R

The HVAC/R group is highly trained and responsible for the maintenance and operation of the campus heating systems, refrigeration, air conditioning and exhaust systems throughout the campus.  Preventative maintenance is performed on all satellite boiler equipment, emergency generators and building components.  They provide complete maintenance on the campus heating systems, its distribution system, exhaust fans, controllers, metal ductwork distribution systems, campus ice machines, walk in coolers and freezers and laboratory fume hoods.  Chiller equipment and cooling tower water treatment is maintained by this group.  In addition to performing many repairs throughout the campus, the staff uses their skill to perform many in-house projects each year.  The staff maintains the Heating Services office 24/7 during the academic year providing continuous customer service to the campus. 

PLUMBING

The Plumbing group maintains the chemical treatment systems, swimming pool, plumbing fixtures, storm and sanitary drainage systems, supply fan units, water softeners, fire hydrants, backflow preventers, dishwashers and natural gas lines. In addition to performing many repairs throughout the campus, the staff uses their skill to perform many in-house projects each year.

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