University Infrastructure Expansion

Superior Engineering (S/E) prepared detailed equipment specifications and provided design engineering and construction drawings for a major expansion of the utility infrastructure at a Big Ten university located in the Midwest. The work for this project comprised of the following phases: schematic design, design development, construction documentation, procurement, and construction services.

A cluster of 10 buildings were currently being fed by utilities that were either unreliable or of an insufficient capacity. These systems were located in service tunnels, which were also reworked due to increases in capacity and number of utility services required. The utilities included steam, potable water, fire protection, sanitary and storm water, electrical and communication systems. The entire steam supply design encompassed steam traps, new condensate returns, pressure reducing stations and a detailed stress analysis to confirm the necessary expansion joints due to thermal load.

Underground telephone lines and communication systems intersecting the area also needed to be reconfigured and routed.  The high voltage electrical feeds were redesigned and updated to current electrical code. This provided the university with additional transfer switches, increased capacity, redundancy, and included the modeling & analyses work that was required.  

S/E participated in preparing cost of work estimates, equipment purchasing requirements, contractor submittal reviews, bid packages for contractor selection and assistance during the construction execution.

The overall project was closely coordinated by the university’s project management group and included demolition & logistics related to accessibility for students and faculty. All work was tied to an absolute eight-month installation schedule to support the school calendar for the beginning of the fall session.  

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Services Provided
  • Civil
  • Procurement
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Instrumentation
  • Construction Support
  • Project Management