New Campus Spurs Residential Rising

Quinnipiac University York Hill Campus

Quinnipiac University is a private university with 5,400 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students, offering 51 undergraduate majors and 19 graduate programs. In 2006, the university launched a major expansion to create the new York Hill campus, uniquely situated on 234 acres on a hilltop overlooking Long Island Sound. Centerbrook Architects implemented a new campus master plan, which includes a new athletic center, new residence halls, village-style housing, structured parking garage, and a student center functioning as a dining hall, recreation center, student activities center and central plant.

BVH conducted a detailed study of energy usage and explored options for electrical and thermal distribution systems. This analysis considered various factors such as energy efficiency, construction cost, ease of maintenance, sustainability and durability. Electrical distribution requirements, including primary electrical distribution, emergency power distribution, campus-wide load shedding, and cogeneration were considered, along with the thermal energy components of heating, hot water, and chilled water.

The final design includes a central high-efficiency boiler plant, a high-efficiency chiller plant, and a campus-wide primary electric distribution system with automatic load shed and backup power. The design also incorporates a microturbine trigeneration system to provide electrical power while recovering waste heat to help heat and cool the campus.

Additionally, a communications infrastructure was designed for the technology systems, with a backbone raceway and a new IT hub for every building on campus.


Centerbrook Architects & Planners

Size / Cost

240 acres / $300 million


fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, site utilities