Mechanical Maintenance and Energy Management

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
The HVAC shop is responsible for the general maintenance and repairs of most of the HVAC equipment on campus. The University has mechanical contracts with external companies to assist the HVAC shop with major repairs.

Central Heating Plant
The recently renovated Central Heating Plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it generates steam for heating and domestic hot water conversion. The Central Heating Plant serves about 75% of the facilities on campus. Located one lane across from McMechen building it has underground steam pipes going to various buildings on campus.

Energy Management
The campus HVAC system consumes most of the energy used by the University. As such, the Physical Plant has acquired a computer based HVAC control system called the Energy Management System (EMS). The EMS helps the Physical Plant to conserve energy and perform repairs without sacrificing comfort. The EMS is growing continually.

Preventative Maintenance
This shop schedules and performs preventive maintenance of buildings, mechanical systems, electrical systems, fire and security systems and equipment. The facilities engineers are currently sharing the responsibilities of this shop.

Plumbing Shop
This shop performs a wide variety of repairs and maintenance that include drinking fountains, showers, steam lines, drain lines, faucets, garbage disposals, toilets, hot and cold water lines, water valves, submersible pumps, sewer injectors, steam machines, water softener units, hot water heaters, dish machines and hot water circulating pumps. This division also performs maintenance and upgrades to the steam distribution system campus wide.

Residence Life & Auxiliary
This section engineers and manages projects, develops specifications, maintains and operates equipment for the Residence Life & Dining facilities as well as providing training for the facilities personnel. This section also serves as a liaison with various staff members from the Office of Residence Life, Business Services and others.