University of Connecticut Steam Distribution System

Fuss & O’Neill was hired by the University of Connecticut to provide survey, civil, mechanical, and structural engineering services for the upgrade of underground steam and condensate piping on the Storrs campus.

Given the site’s limited space and conflicting underground utilities, we completed a comprehensive assessment of the steam distribution system, including survey, research of state records, and base mapping. We prepared a site plan that identified obstacles, anchor locations, and opportunities to drain vaults by gravity lines.

Our engineers designed steam lines using components that had proven reliability in similar conditions, and incorporated elements to minimize pipe stresses and force on underground supports. Our plan included pipe alignment, corrosive control, and the structural design of steam utility tunnels and vaults.

The design emphasized long term reliability and was completed in a special phasing sequence to ensure that the system remained operational during construction.