High Temperature Hot Water System at Stony Brook University
What did the client need? The client had two piping networks – a 50-year old tunnel-based piping system, and a direct-buried piping system of similar age. Both had significant problems and needed assessments and recommended solutions.
How did Burns help them achieve their goals? Burns completed a comprehensive assessment of both High Temperature Hot Water (HTHW) systems. They reviewed past repairs and upgrades, discussed concerns with the Owner, developed thermal pipe stress modeling for problem areas, and developed “As Built” drawings that clearly outlined all problem areas. Next, they developed a phasing concept for repair work to minimize downtime and construction costs. Burns also provided engineering and construction management services during repairs that included responding to requests for information, witnessing day-to-day operations, and developing detailed construction sketches, as needed. By working with Stony Brook University to make these updates, Burns is helping them to carry out a mandate given by the State Board of Regents in 1960 to become a university that would “stand with the finest in the country.” The new HTHW system will also lower operating costs and provide enhanced reliability for the university.