Project Milestone Reached

A major milestone for the Missouri S&T’s geothermal project will be reached early next week as the power plant boiler #5 will be shut down and all steam production will cease permanently. Heat recovery chillers in all three regional plants have been started, and heat is being provided to six buildings on campus. Over the past month, a majority of the chilled water supply used for air conditioning on campus has been provided by the geothermal system. Commissioning of the regional plant equipment will continue throughout the summer.

Remaining connections to the hot water distribution will take place over the semester break and will include McNutt Hall, Straumanis James Hall, and Butler Carlton Civil Engineering Building. Also, hot water boilers in Toomey Hall will be installed and several HVAC renovation projects will be completed this summer. These projects include HVAC renovations in the Physics Building, Fulton Hall, Bullman Multi-Purpose Building, and Student Recreation Center. Once these are complete the geothermal system will be fully implemented.

When completed, the geothermal energy system is estimated to cut annual energy usage by 50%, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons per year, and cut water usage by eight million gallons per year. Many parking and landscape improvements continue, the most recently completed being the landscaping improvements in the north mall area. Also occurring over the summer, parking lot 5 expansion north of Emerson Hall will be constructed.

Your continued patience is appreciated for any inconvenience caused from this phase of the project implementation as we move towards completion and a more energy efficient campus.

Temporary Access to Computer Science Building

Due to geothermal construction & weather conditions, see below the temporary access path to Computer Science Building and access to South campus from North parking lots. Thank you for your continued patience as we transition to a greener campus. … [Continue reading]

Missouri S&T Geothermal Energy System Featured on KY3 Today

The geothermal energy system was featured on KY3 this morning. To see the video, go here. … [Continue reading]

Frequently Asked Questions

We've had several questions asked regarding the geothermal energy system, so here are a few answers to those questions. We'll post a few more on our blog as we receive more questions. How many wells are there? What is the average, maximum, and … [Continue reading]

Alternate Routes from Lot M36 and M19

Due to construction on the geothermal energy project, alternate routes may have to be taken to buildings from parking lots M19 and M36. Please see the following map below for alternate routes. We appreciate your patience during this period as we … [Continue reading]

Trenching Continues

The geothermal project is moving along well, although construction has experienced some delays due the rainy spring weather. Over the past weeks, trenching has largely been focused on the northwest mall area. As progress continues, trenching will … [Continue reading]

Lot 11 Opening Postponed

Lot 11 construction has been delayed, but will be opened by December 21. Please contact Design & Construction Management with any questions at 341-4252. … [Continue reading]

Geothermal Well Drilling Complete

This month marked a major milestone for the geothermal energy system project with the last well being drilled in lot 36 on October 18th. Paving was completed in Lot 8 and put in service early last week for parking and the schedule of the well … [Continue reading]

North Lots Complete

Overall, the well drilling and geothermal header project continues to progress well. Well drilling exceeds 60% completion for the project, the north street crossings have been completed and circuit and header piping back to the Straumanis Plant is … [Continue reading]

Progress Continues With Drilling and Piping

Well drilling has continued at a rapid pace with Durbin Geothermal keeping more than four drill rigs on site. Focus has now been directed to the circuit piping in the well fields and header piping back to the geothermal plants to allow the northeast … [Continue reading]