College of DuPage, Infrastructure Master Plan

Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage, campus


The College of DuPage finalized its Facilities Master Plan (FMP) in 2001; it included plans for four new buildings, a new parking structure, and renovation of most of the existing campus. Total construction cost was estimated at $215 million. GBA created a Mechanical and Electrical Infrastructure Master Plan to complement the FMP. The development of the infrastructure plan involved two phases: an analysis of existing infrastructure and the impact of the FMP on the college’s existing systems, followed by identification of upgrade options required to accommodate the FMP. The options were evaluated based on first cost, operating cost, redundancy, flexibility, environmental impact, and indoor environmental quality.

Infrastructure Master Plan

Systems evaluated included:

  • The central cooling and heating plant (existing capacity 4,600 tons and 95,000 pounds per hour, respectively)
  • HVAC systems
  • On-site power generation plants, including 5,700 kW of generating capacity
  • Normal power systems
  • Low-voltage systems, including campus WAN/LAN and structured cabling plant
  • Campus fire protection loop
  • Storm water, sanitary sewer, and domestic water systems
  • Incoming utilities (water, gas, power, storm, and sanitary)

The master plan has resulted in various infrastructure upgrade projects, including:

  • A new low-voltage site utility loop
  • Replacement of the fire protection piping loop
  • A chiller plant replacement
  • A new west campus power infrastructure

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