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University of Calgary - Cogeneration System and Energy Infrastructure

Powering learning while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

  • Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, Alberta

We’ve been reducing the University’s energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions for over 12 years

Since 2004, we’ve been providing the power to learn at the University of Calgary through the planning and implementation of campus-wide reductions in both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Guided by the Campus Utilities Infrastructure Plan—which we updated in 2006—we placed in operation a new 14 Megawatt combined heat and power (cogeneration) system in early 2012. This system supplies 70% of the Main Campus’ total electrical power requirements while reducing total campus greenhouse commissions by roughly 40%. In full operation, the new cogeneration system returns roughly 20% of the capital cost--$4 million—annually in net operating cost savings, while holding net greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels.

In preparation for this project, we provided the initial feasibility study, business case analysis, detailed design for all design disciplines, assisted with regulatory approvals and public hearings, and served as the independent commissioning agent.

With our assistance, the University acted as Construction Manager on this unique project, allowing us to expedite implementation processes. Three early tender packages provided a new fire protection system, upgraded site utilities, and a building addition to house the cogeneration system. In addition, all major equipment was directly purchased by the University and installed under a separate Balance of Plant construction contract. The approach resulted in saving sufficient to include an office addition and new exterior to the 1960s vintage Central Heating and Cooling Plant within the original project budget.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Pamela Butvin, Senior Associate, Architecture

I strive to create communities by designing spaces that offer seniors the care they need as well as opportunities to enjoy life.
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Amelia Hollingshurst, Senior Associate, Architect

Our work provides endless learning opportunities. We continuously evolve the way we analyze, discover, communicate, and design.
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Jeff Rent, Principal, Team Lead

The positive impact our work has on communities is a constant driver to achieve greater value and promote sustainability.

Chris van Driel, Senior Principal

The only thing that’s constant is change. We work to continually adapt—to meet our clients’ needs in an ever-evolving carbon capture market.

Pamela Butvin

Senior Associate, Architecture

Amelia Hollingshurst

Senior Associate, Architect

Jeff Rent

Principal, Team Lead

Chris van Driel

Senior Principal

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