Long-Awaited Improvements

Working closely with the University Planning, Design and Construction Department, along with the Athletics Department, BVH is providing engineering design to replace the outdated facilities with new stadia for the University’s Division I soccer, baseball and softball programs. The project also includes a new performance center consisting of locker rooms, offices, training space, strength and conditioning equipment, and associated conference and support spaces.

Infrastructure improvements for these and other facilities in this area of campus is also underway, with construction of the stadia and performance center slated for completion by Fall of 2020. The project conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and is registered as a LEED project with a target of Certified.

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Home for Soccer, Lacrosse & Field Hockey

Opening for the 2017-18 season, BVH provided engineering design for two new athletic facilities on the Mount Carmel Campus of Quinnipiac University.

Both venues house home and visitor locker rooms, team rooms, training and equipment rooms, first aid stations, restrooms for spectators, as well as broadcast-ready press boxes and seating for professional and student media.

One facility, shared by the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, includes seating for up to 1,500 spectators with an infill turf playing surface. The women’s field hockey facility includes permanent seating for up to 500 fans and an artificial turf field.

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Improving a Campus’s Aging Infrastructure

Northfield Mount Hermon is a co-ed independent boarding school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1879, the distinguished school is located on the banks of the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts. Contending with an aging infrastructure, NMH commissioned BVH to replace extensive sections of steam and condensate piping.

BVH produced an infrastructure master plan the school utilized to establish manageable building and infrastructure development projects throughout the campus, including the following:

Steam and Condensate Replacement – BVH replaced the main steam and condensate piping that runs throughout campus.

Cottage Row – BVH designed steam and condensate piping to support additions to residences and re-routing of utilities. The design improved grading and storm drainage.

Admissions Building – BVH designed steam and condensate piping to support the new admissions building. The scope also included the re-route of the campus steam and condensate leg around the new building.

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Addressing Utility & Infrastructure Needs

BVH has performed many civil/site engineering services for Yale University, including the following projects:

  • BVH designed the underground site utilities that serve Branford and Saybrook Colleges and connect to the campus’ utility network. Our design includes underground steam, water, electrical, and data/telecommunications distribution, as well as separation of sanitary and storm systems. Site drainage included courtyards and moat areas. The specific challenges of this project were coordinating all utilities in the horizontal and vertical dimensions while preserving the campus’ historical character throughout the upgrade, and maintaining operation of existing utilities throughout construction.

  • Renovation of Pierson College included utility upgrades and comprehensive life cycle renovations to this 140,000-SF residential college.

  • Jonathan Edwards College, a 150,000-SF renovation and courtyard addition, included underground steam, water, electrical, and data/telecommunications distribution, as well as separation of sanitary and storm systems for kitchens. Site drainage included courtyards and moat areas.

  • 13,000 SF of renovations and a 17,000-SF addition for Yale’s Anthropology Building. The project provided new high-tech mechanical and electrical systems, upgraded central utilities, and included site improvements to the historic, three-story academic building.
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Transforming a Campus Infrastructure

UConn’s Avery Point Campus opened in 1967 on a site that previously had been a Coast Guard training facility. With spectacular views overlooking the Long Island Sound, the Avery Point campus is home to the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, Project Oceanology, the National Undersea Research Center, and the Long Island Sound Resource Center.

As a result of $50 million in renovations and additions under the UConn 2000 infrastructure improvement program, the campus has undergone major transformations, including a new Student Center and updates to the Marine Sciences and technology facilities.

As part of this campus improvement program, BVH was commissioned to replace 1,450 linear feet of steam and condensate piping that ran through the heart of the campus. Due to the close proximity to the tidal waters, this project presented a challenging task to move the existing condensate traps from the underground manholes to above ground structures.

BVH provided an innovated design to provide drip legs that were integrated with the pre-manufactured piping system. This allowed the trap stations to be placed above ground and out of the ground water.

BVH is also part of the design team commissioned to demolish the Coast Guard buildings on site.

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Robust Infrastructure for Campus Growth

Nestled in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst College is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation. With 1,600 students enrolled on campus, a robust infrastructure is needed to support the myriad of academic buildings, sports and student use facilities, and dormitories on campus.

In conjunction with the Master Plan, BVH designed an upgrade of all existing site utility systems at Amherst College, including steam and condensate piping, medium voltage site electrical distribution, site fire protection, site domestic water services, site sanitary sewer, site storm water, and conduits and manholes for site communications.

The site utility assessment determined that the steam plant had sufficient capacity, but the chilled water plant and electrical systems required more capacity. A study on the chiller plant and comparison of electric, steam and gas engine systems resulted in the decision to install an 800-ton variable speed centrifugal chiller. Existing electric and steam absorption chillers were also modified, along with new chilled water pumps and controls for variable speed pumping, to create a unified plant.

The entire medium voltage distribution system was upgraded from 4,800 volt to 13.8 kV with phasing designed into the documentation. Campus-wide, the low voltage raceway and cabling systems were replaced for telephone, data, fire alarm network, security and temperature controls. A new fire pump with distribution to the upper campus area was installed for required fire protection pressures for several planned dormitory upgrades. Buried steam, chilled water and domestic water piping were also upgraded in coordination with the study.

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World-Wide Campus for Sports

BVH has engineered numerous building and site improvement projects on the vast campus of ESPN, the world-wide sports TV entertainment network. Our portfolio includes:

We provided full site engineering design for Building 12, a $20-million, four-story office building with 350 parking spaces. Our work included electric, telecommunications, domestic water, fire protection and sanitary to the building and the surrounding grading, drainage, roadway and walkway design.

We performed engineering design for the utilities and the site work for Building 4, a three-story administrative and welcoming building for ESPN visitors, as well as for the new “campus green” in the heart of west campus. BVH’s scope of services included electric, telecommunications, domestic water, fire protection and sanitary, as well as the surrounding grading, drainage, roadway and walkway design.

The dining facility expansion created an area that can be opened to the exterior in warmer climates. The expansion is adjacent to a new outdoor dining plaza.

BVH was the design engineer for the site work, grading, storm drainage and site utilities for the 10,000-SF Central Emergency Generator Facility 2, built to accommodate ESPN’s growing program space. The site utilities included extensive electrical interconnections between CL&P and ESPN’s existing Central Emergency Generator Facility, as well as telecommunications, domestic water, fire protection and sanitary.

We have designed 1,250 new parking spaces to accommodate ESPN’s ongoing expansion.

As part of ESPN’s Master Plan, BVH converted a street into pedestrian space that bisects the east and west campus. Our scope extended the town roadway, created a cul-de-sac, and designed an infrastructure system for the undergrounding of electric, telephone and cable utilities.

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New Campus Spurs Residential Rising

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.

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Moving to Greater Heights of Distinction

UConn’s investments in its facilities and infrastructure are among the major contributors to UConn’s growing reputation for academic excellence and its emergence as a leader in higher education, and BVH has played a key role in in making crucial updates.

BVH has a ten year prime contract with the University of Connecticut to analyze and upgrade the Storrs Campus utility infrastructure to support the Campus Master Plan. As a result of these analyses, BVH is designing both capacity and reliability improvements for the existing underground utilities and energy supply (chillers, boilers and power generation) equipment.

With BVH acting as UConn’s utility representative to work with various teams on different building projects, the Framework Project identifies when various infrastructure projects need to be designed and constructed to support required building services. For parts of the campus, new tunnel sections have been added and existing tunnel systems have been extended. In other areas, direct buried distribution piping has been specified in pre-insulated piping systems. As a general practice, normal and primary electric infrastructure are routed outside of tunnels in concrete encased ductbank.  Temporary services (generators, chillers, boilers) are specified when necessary to ensure smooth transition and integration of utilities to new building services. Proper inspection and testing of all systems as part of a thorough commissioning process are essential prior to energization of all distribution systems.

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21st Century Campus Transformation

UMass Boston is committed to becoming a student-centered, urban public research university of the 21st century, and is making significant improvements to enhance the student experience and improve connections with its neighbors. BVH was awarded the contract for the final design and construction administration of the university’s Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation project, an important transformative start of more than $700 million in new facilities and infrastructure construction on the campus over the next 25 years.

As prime consultant, BVH’s scope of work included the design of a new roadway network to improve overall traffic circulation and pedestrian connections, and a campus-wide utility corridor ‑ including hot and chilled water piping, domestic and fire protection piping, medium voltage electric, telecommunications, sanitary and gas ‑ to improve utility services to existing and future buildings.

BVH performed a study of UMass Boston’s campus utilities, including Chilled Water, Low Temp Hot Water, Primary Electric, Gas, Fire Protection, Domestic Water, Technology, Sanitary and Storm.  The study focused on reconciling conditions, capacity and green initiatives for each system as specifically related to implementing the campus master plan. Several new efficiencies and potential green initiatives were found in particular, how the central plant relates with each individual building connection.

An important factor established is to seamlessly coordinate building loads with the plant operations and maintaining high building delta T’s and taking advantage of sea water for free condenser water cooling. The project also took into account maintainability and reliability through redundant loop configured systems.

After this study, BVH performed MEP engineering design for the utility plant upgrade, as part of the Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation project.

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