Summary

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.


Utility Master Plan Timeline:
  • Geothermal Well Field (Bell Field, Mini Bald Spot, Bald Spot) -Phase
  • East Piping & Mechancial Uprades - Phase 1
  • East Mechancial Upgrades
  • West Piping & Mechancial Uprades - Phase 2
  • Central Plant Conversion - Phase 2

Type
Utility Master Plan

Scope
Geothermal Campus Conversion

Size
60 Miles of Piping

Status
In-Construction

50%



Installation of Geothermal Bores Complete

Step
Inside


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