—Steve Mischissin, P.E.
Director, Utilities & Energy Management
Mission Statement: Providing reliable and cost efficient energy and building environments to our customers every day.
The Central Utilities group is responsible for the production, distribution and efficient use of the campus’ energy needs. We generate chilled water, heating hot water, steam and electric power for distribution to both the River Campus and Medical Center. We also maintain the University domestic water, fire water and natural gas distribution systems and the storm water and sanitary sewer collection mains that connect to the City and County systems. Central Utilities has 60 staff that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in providing reliable utilities. We operate and maintain multiple energy control systems to provide a safe and comfortable environments within the campus and Medical Center buildings. We also monitor and process all energy and water bills for all University properties.
Our central plant produces chilled water, electric power, steam and hot water on a continuous basis. It houses 5 steam boiler and 4 steam driven chillers. We have 25 megawatts of cogeneration capacity using two steam turbine generators. The central plant has been in operation since the 1920’s. Our mid campus chiller plant produces chilled water with 5 electric driven chillers. It was originally constructed in 2008 and expanded in 2014. We operate and maintain two electric substations that receive power from the local utility and distribute both 11,500 volt and 4,160 volt power. Our newest electric substation on Kendrick Road was completed in 2015.
|Steam & Medium Temperature Hot Water Cogeneration System||Chilled-Water System|
|Startup year||1924 – Original Central Utility Plant constructed. Coal fired boilers producing steam. 1967 to 1970 – Central Utilities Plant expansion adds boilers 5, 6 & 7. 1999-Covert from coal to gas/oil. 2005 – Cogeneration system/hot water distribution installed, added boiler 9 and HP and LP turbines. 2015-Boiler 3 removed.||1967 – 1972 Chiller plant added at Central Utilities Plant and river pump house. Chillers 1, 2, 3 and 4. 1999-Added chiller 5 and cooling tower 1. 2008 – Middle Campus Chiller Plant becomes operational, added 4,000 tons with chillers 6 & 7. 2014-Expanded Middle Campus Plant, added 8,000 tons with chillers 8, 9 & 10. Chiller 1 retired.|
|Number of buildings served||71||46|
|Total gross square footage served||8,507,861 sq ft||7,209,000 sq ft|
|Plant capacity||498,000 lb/hr steam 394 MMBTU hot water 25 MW cogenerated electricity||Central Utilities Plant: 20,800 tons Middle Campus Chiller Plant: 12,000 tons|
|Number of boilers/chillers||4 steam boilers||9 chillers: 4 steam driven, 5 electric driven|
|Fuel types||Natural gas, fuel oil||Steam, electric|
|Distribution piping type||Steel in Walkable Tunnel System & pre-insulated bonded direct buried steel||Ductile iron, coated direct-buried steel, PVC|
|Piping diameter range||Up to 14” NPS||Up to 36” NPS|
|Distribution pumps||Hot Water- 3 pumps w/ VSD||Central Plant-4 w/VSD Mid Campus Plant-4 w/VSD|
|System pressures||Cogeneration Steam: 900 PSIG Campus Steam Distribution: 110 PSIG Campus Hot Water Distribution: 130 PSIG||105 psig|
|System temperatures||Cogeneration Steam: 900 deg F Steam Distribution: 383 deg F Condensate Return: 140 deg F Campus Hot Water Distribution: 225 deg F supply/ 160 deg F return||40 F supply/56 F return|
|System water volume||Hot water system -250,000 gal||800,000 gal|
|Michael Yergeau, Assistant Director, Central Utilities Plantfirstname.lastname@example.org||(585) 273-4880|
|Alex Gales, Assistant Director, Central Utilities Plantemail@example.com||(585) 275-3673|
|Richard Gardner, Operations Manager, Central Utilities Plantfirstname.lastname@example.org||(585) 275-6333|
|Michael Pavone, Maintenance Manager, Central Utilities Plantemail@example.com||(585) 276-5947|
|Jill Chudyk, Administrative Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org||(585) 275-3672|
|Scott DeHollander, P.E Utilities Distribution Manager, Central Utilities Plantemail@example.com||(585) 275-8931|
Assistant Director Building Controls and Energy Management
|Rob Watkins, Operations Supervisor||RWatkins@facilities.rochester.edu||(585) 275-1807|
|Eric Bullock, Supervisor - Networking, Metering and Plant Controlsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(585) 275-5695|