Adelphi University

Innovative approaches to financing and design

  • Improved resiliency
  • Reduced energy use
  • Energy cost savings
  • Preserved campus aesthetics

Adelphi University enrolls over 8,000 students over 75 acres in Garden City, New York. The university was looking for a way to address deferred maintenance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without compromising its ability to invest the future of the campus and student services.

The project included the replacement of antiquated boilers, as well as the installation of a 1.99 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant. To preserve the scenic campus developed in the 1920s, the CHP was installed in the campus boiler room, located 40 feet underground. Many components had to be custom designed to ensure that the unit would fit in limited space, including combining equipment and building a mezzanine level.

The guaranteed savings from these measures allowed the university to pursue another improvement with Ecosystem: upgrading the Science Pavilion’s ventilation system, which had numerous issues before the project started.

With its CHP and new boiler plant, Adelphi reduced its energy consumption by 45%, increased its resiliency, and reduced its environmental footprint, generating positive cashflow for future campus upgrades.

Customized Performance Measures

  • Combined heat and power (CHP) plant installation
  • High-efficiency boilers
  • Upgrades and optimization of ventilation system

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