Wiley|Wilson prepared a study for the decaying Monroe Park Steam Plant to identify and address deficiencies in the steam plant and distribution system and provided options to guide the University in decisions for upgrades or replacements. Major objectives considered included reductions in fuel consumption, reductions in operating and maintenance costs, enhanced reliability, and making a significant positive contribution to the University’s sustainability goals.
A number of alternative fuels, energy sources and types of steam generators were considered for heating of the VCU Monroe Park Campus. The study also looked at which buildings should be served from a central steam plant or plants. Several options were considered andlife cycle costs over a 25-year period were modeled for the most favorable options, and environmental emissions were estimated for each.