University of Virginia


Central Heating Plant Renovation


Charlottesville, VA


EPC/Design Build Contractors



University of Virginia

Frank Lill & Son Inc. was awarded the Engineer Procure and Construct contract to renovate and upgrade the Central Heating Plant at the University of Virginia main campus. This project, which spanned 3 years, included the installation of two new gas and oil fired 90,000# St./Hr. package boilers, one new 90,000# St./Hr. coal fired field erected boiler, and new deaerators. Additionally, a new coal handling system was installed, modifications and additions to the existing ash handling system were performed, a new control system was installed, three new air pollution control systems were erected (scrubbers with baghouses), new additions to the standby emergency generator systems including a 2MW Cat Diesel Generator, and all necessary renovations to the existing BOP systems were completed. The BOP systems included a new Distributed Control System with a new Control Room facility.

All of these activities, including building demolition/alterations and electrical system upgrades, were performed in an operating facility nestled in the heart of a University Hospital. Throughout construction, Frank Lill & Son, Inc. was able to maintain critical steam loads to the hospital. These critical steam loads were maintained through carefully phased construction that required optimal coordination between University executives, hospital executives, and Frank Lill & Son.

This project utilized extensive Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.) tools to ensure construction was performed with maximum efficiency. This was necessary as the site was compact and there were several logistical challenges that required detailed planning. We delivered the project on time and on budget.

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