Carleton College partnered with MEP to conduct a Campus Utility Master Plan study with the goal of developing a comprehensive and systematic approach to reach carbon neutral emissions by 2050.
During the planning phase MEP took into consideration existing assets such as Carleton’s recently upgraded electrical system, existing chillers and cooling towers, and underground tunnel system. It also capitalized on synergies with planned construction activities, most importantly the renovation and expansion of the science facilities.
The Utility Plan concluded that in Phase 1 of the project, a new ground source geothermal heating systems will be installed. The new system will utilize three borefields in conjunction with a 800-Ton heat pump, condensing boilers, and chillers. The system will also be compatible with solar thermal inputs.
The project as a whole will install over sixty miles of piping including the new geothermal bores, and heating distribution piping.