The project brief called for the design and construction of a new bio-mass fueled heating plant to meet the needs of a growing University. The site identified by the University was the last open site in the historic “core” of the campus. This site was selected for its proximity to the existing steam plant and therefore the input side of the campus distribution system. The plant program called for a new plant of approximately 7,700 s.f. housing three 600 bhp sawdust fired boilers (two new and one relocated) and a fuel storage facility of approximately 3,800 s.f. incorporating fuel off loading and handling systems.
The design solution for the plant took its cues from the existing WPA-era heating plant in terms of materials, detailing, and the size and rhythm of openings on the primary façade. The fuel storage facility due to is height and proportions took its cues from the adjacent historic structures particularly in terms of roof line and cornice design.
The plant is clad in brick with cast stone detailing coordinating with and complementing the existing plant and surround campus. Painted steel windows and doors were also used to strengthen the visual connection between the new plant and the adjacent historic structures.