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1 West Chester University “Geothermal HVAC System Comprehensive Campus Plan – Phase I” September 16, 2008

2 West Chester University has been embarking on a new mission to provide environmental sustainability in our capital projects. Part of that initiative will entail the construction of a new campus wide geothermal HVAC system that will support both the new facilities as well as most of our existing buildings now on campus. Our Goal: to reduce the use of our coal burning steam plant to provide heating to our buildings.

3 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan How will we do this? Through the installation of a subsurface, closed loop vertical water based system with central pump house controls. Step one, is the installation of the centralized well field and small portions of the horizontal piping.

4 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan The first phase of the centralized well field will be installed underneath the basketball and tennis courts at the corner of Rosedale Avenue and New Streets. Work will begin in September, 2008 and continue through December, Site restoration will be done when weather permits in the spring of Where will this be constructed?

5 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan What is a Closed Vertical Loop System? Heat is exchanged with the ground through underground vertical water containing pipes, which circulate back through the building. No water enters the ground or causes contamination.

6 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan Is this the first Geothermal System on Campus ? No. In 2003, the University constructed geothermal system support for the Village, a thirteen building, 500 bed apartment complex located on South Campus. The Village is supported by 144 geothermal wells. And, in August, 2008, the University began operations of 25 University Avenue, the first academic building on north campus to be supported by a Geothermal System. 25 University is supported by 47 geothermal wells.

7 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan How did that impact campus activities? Although surrounding users were subject to the noise of the drilling activity, it was what would typically be experienced at a general construction site. The wells were drilled in the front lawn of the building

8 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan What will we see when work is completed? Exactly what was in place before drilling began. At 25 University, we are in the process of restoring the front lawn area. At the new site, we will restore the basketball and tennis courts.

9 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan Are there any other components to a geothermal system? Yes. The system requires circulating pumps to move the water through the closed loop. Pumps, like the ones shown here at 25 University Avenue, will be contained within a building on campus.

10 WCU Geothermal Comprehensive Plan Contact: Dee Giardina, Executive Director, WCU Facilities Design & Construction at (610) Greg Cuprak, Executive Director, WCU Facilities Management at (610) Richard T Przywara, Executive Director, University Student Housing, Inc. Any Questions?


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