University of Saskatchewan
Project: Steam Distribution System Replacement
Status of Project: Substantially completed
This project involves constructing approximately 570 metres of a concrete tunnel that contains condensate, high pressure steam and pumper condensate return lines. Service chambers are also being incorporated to allow access to ancillaries, such as isolating valves, steam traps and expansion compensators. The tunnel is constructed on the west side of Veterinary Road and ties into existing manhole chambers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Vaccine Infectious Disease Organization Intervac research facility. The steam distribution tunnel serves those labs as well as the Canadian Light Source synchrotron.
Primary Areas of Benefit
- Expands or enhances utility of research and development space: The project is critical for ensuring improved and reliable steam service to a key research sector of the university. The steam tunnel provides uninterrupted service to two of the university’s and the nation’s major scientific buildings, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and International Vaccine Centre.
- Improves energy efficiency: The new steam tunnel is better insulated and more energy efficient, conserves water, and reduces operational and maintenance costs.
- Upgrades health and safety aspects of facilities: The new steam tunnel improves service reliability by replacing a system that has been experiencing two failures per month. The new tunnel is safer and reduces use of treatment chemicals.
- Date modified: