University of Victoria District Heating Plant

District of Oak Bay

Located in Parking Lot Six in the southwest corner of the University of Victoria campus, the new District Heating Plant will house three new boilers. Once completed, the District Heating Plant will replace the existing boilers that are scattered throughout the buildings on campus. The District Heating Plant is connected to the existing district heating system through 300 mm diameter supply and return mains. The project was completed in two phases. The first phase included the building services and the heat supply and return mains, while phase two is the construction of the storm water management system and the building.

The project has set a target of achieving LEED Gold status. Rain gardens and vegetated swales were incorporated into the design to reduce the storm water runoff quantity and improve the storm water quality. Materials with low reflectance trap heat and can create a heat island effect, thus surface improvements, such as grey concrete sidewalk and maintenance area were made to increase the reflectance. Both the storm water management system and surface improvements were incorporated into the design to improve the environmental sustainability of the project and have been used to apply for LEED credits.

Westbrook Consulting carried out a topographic survey of the District Heating Plant location and the heating supply and return main corridor. During the design period, Westbrook prepared detailed design drawings of new services required for the plant, surface improvements, traffic routing figures and a storm water management plan including rain gardens and vegetated swales. Westbrook Consulting is currently inspecting the installation of the civil infrastructure within Phase 2 and preparing LEED documentation. Once construction is complete, Westbrook will prepare Record drawings.

During the construction period of Phase 1, unknown services were exposed and crossing conflicts arose. Westbrook Consulting worked with the contractor and the University of Victoria staff to provide timely design solutions when conflicts with existing services were discovered.

The District Heating Plant is in construction and is slated for completion in 2018. Phase 1 of the project was completed in the spring of 2017.

Key Personnel: Mike Wignall; Nicole Fischer; Phil Cerrer; Tony McGee

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