Aging Boilers Do Not Equate to Aged Wine

The adage of a well-aged wine does not also apply to boilers. Unlike wine, boilers are to only last 30 years and most notably, they do not gain value, but instead lose their efficiency and worth. ATI was brought in to design the heating plant modernization for the Field House and North & South Science Buildings at the CSU, East Bay Hayward campus. As for any facility owner, the University wanted to decrease their energy consumption, lower maintenance costs, and see an increase in system performance.
Reaching a ripe ol’ age of about 65, the 1950’s era boiler which provided heating, domestic hot water, and shower water for the CSU East Bay’s athletic program was due for an upgrade. ATI staff, led by Randy Zumwalt, an expert in all things wine and boilers, took on the responsibility of replacing the heating plant equipment from the boiler room in the Field House with a new high efficiency condensing boiler and variable flow pumping systems. The variable flow pumping systems will save energy by reducing water flow and requiring less energy for pumping. After a long day of practice the student athletes are sure to enjoy their steaming hot or ice cold shower, depending on the rigor of their workout.
In addition, the work in the Science Buildings involved the replacement of modular boilers and upgrades to the hot water loop pump, piping system and controls. Another special requirement CSU East Bay had was that the Science Buildings needed to remain heated while the boilers were being replaced. To meet this requirement ATI designed a skid mounted boiler and loop pump system which was located on the roof of the Science Buildings during construction.
The University will see results of lower energy use and increased system performance coming from the new boilers at the Field House and Science Buildings.

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