The plant operations department is responsible for the operations of a combined heat and power plant that provides electric power and steam heat. The power plant has a peak load of 7 MW and a power generating capacity of 5 MW. The plant operations department has 5 centrifugal chillers with a total combined capacity of 11,000 tons, two gas fired boilers and one-heat recovery boiler, used to generate the steam that is required to heat the campus buildings, and research centers. These boilers have a total steam generating capacity of 102,500 lbs. per hour.
The utilities section of plant operations is responsible for providing utilities for the university 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Safety, reliability, and efficiency are the main goals. Services provided include maintenance and operation of the equipment in the power plant and buildings. Its staff keeps all power plant operating systems in good repair to make the campus a comfortable, safe and an attractive place. Our expertise includes but is not limited to rotation equipment operation and maintenance, utilities management, energy conservation, and maintenance.
Physical plant's responsibilities include the following services: HVAC, temperature control, energy management, elevator, fire, sprinkler, emergency generator, autoclaves, water treatment, equipment, and much more. Additionally, this group is also responsible for the 24/7 operations of the Central Cooling/Heating Plant, which provides cooling and heating for about 85% of our buildings on campus. Plant operations also serves as the after-hours call center for all campus emergency maintenance issues. A campus as large and complex as Tulane University can face facilities-related issues that must be addressed promptly. The engineer on duty in the power plant dispatches trade-specialized personnel who are on site and on-call to address these emergencies.
Utility services we provide at no cost:
Utility services we provide for an additional charge: