Facilities Management

Central Plant

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Central Plant Group Photo

Central plant is the heart of the utility infrastructure on campus.  It is staffed by licensed Steam Engineers and is operational 24/7.  In addition to monitoring the sophisticated plant equipment, all after-hours  trouble calls are received and triaged by the plant operators.


Central Plant List of Services:

  • Maintain equipment in campus buildings, such as boilers, water purification and vacuum equipment, as well as mechanical maintenance of HVAC system equipment and filters
  • Produce and distribute chilled water (for cooling, dehumidification, and process cooling), high temperature hot water (for building heating water, domestic and industrial hot water, low-pressure steam generation for research equipment) and compressed air (for instrumentation and automation functions and for research laboratories) to campus buildings
  • Produce and distribute electricity via the cogeneration plant (CHP - Combined Heat and Power)


Other Central Plant Services Include:

  • Air compressors
  • Air handlers
  • Chemical treatment for pools
  • Emergency generators
  • Heat exchangers


  • Industrial hot water heaters
  • Motors 
  • Process cooling systems - central
  • Pumps


  • Steam boilers
  • Steam generators
  • Steam supply 
  • Vacuum pump systems
  • Valves - isolation and control
  • Water systems - central: DI, RO and soft water systems


 To request a Central Plant Service, please submit an online request to the Facilities Management Services Portal (UCInetID is required).