DePauw University

An energy infrastructure for the future

  • Campus master planning
  • Reduced GHG emissions
  • Improved O&M
  • Asset renewal

DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, enrolls almost 2,000 students over a 655 acre campus. The university was looking for a partner to help reduce the campus environmental footprint and achieve, at a minimum, a 25% reduction in energy costs over the next three years as well as a reduction in annual operating expenses. Ecosystem was engaged to design a Campus Energy Master Plan (CEMP) for the core campus – 66 buildings totaling 1.9 million square feet.

The CEMP developed an actionable long-term energy infrastructure strategy that integrates with future campus development. It also promoted strategies to manage deferred maintenance and the lifecycle costs associated with campus energy assets.

Following the Master Plan, Ecosystem began the implementation of an integrated design and construction project with guaranteed outcomes, in line with the CEMP. A campus-wide heating and cooling upgrade involved laying piping campus-wide as part of a steam to hot water conversion. The project will reduce operating expenses and manage deferred maintenance, and it will also lay the groundwork for future initiatives to achieve DePauw’s longer-term goal of carbon neutrality.

  • 2021 IDEA Innovation Awards Honorable Mention

Customized Performance Measures

  • Campus-wide heating and cooling network upgrade
  • Steam to hot water conversion
  • Centralized cooling plant
  • LED lighting upgrade
  • Controls optimization