Swarthmore College is a residential undergraduate college located outside Philadelphia. To achieve the college’s 2035 carbon-neutrality goal, Swarthmore is shifting away from on-site fossil fuel consumption. Campus buildings will instead be heated through a combination of ground-source heat pumps and heat-recovery chillers through new low-temperature hot water (LTHW) and chilled water distribution systems.
Transitioning Swarthmore’s district energy system will require large-scale redevelopment of campus utilities. To help prepare the college for an overhaul of their heating and cooling infrastructure, Burns performed an assessment and redesign of the main thermal-distribution tunnel connecting to the college’s new central utility plant.
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Burns supports colleges and universities meet their carbon-neutrality-goals, providing custom solutions for energy and economic analysis; electrical, mechanical and structural assessments and design; and resilient power infrastructure design and oversight.
Photo credit: “A picture of Swarthmore College’s Parrish Hall in Swarthmore, PA” by Kungming2, licensed under CC BY 3.0.