Arizona State University Combined Heat & Power Facility Upgrade
Owner/Developer: Arizona State University
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Cos.
Lead Design Firm, MEP Engineer: R.G. Vanderweil Engineers
Subcontractors: Rosendin Electric; Schuff Steel; Roofing Southwest; Thermo Systems; Berg Drywall; Preferred Insulation
Because they’re located in the center of Arizona State University’s busy campus, key research buildings needed an even-more-reliable power source. This upgrade doubled the power facility’s capacity and allows for future campus growth. Another benefit is that ASU now has total independence from the electrical grid in the event of a power outage or other emergencies.
The upgraded facility uses less gas and energy than the existing turbine, reducing annual boiler-steam production by 80% and reducing purchased electricity by 30%, or 40,000 MW hours. Operating on a 24-hour basis, the Combined Heat & Power Facility produces more than 7 kW of power and 90,000 lb of steam per hour.