SUNY Cobleskill Comprehensive Site Utility Assessment

SUNYCobleskill1 SUNYCobleskill2C&S completed a campus-wide site utility assessment for SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. The college is located on approximately 336 acres of land with the main campus area containing more than 70 buildings. The utility assessment fulfilled the college’s need to locate, document, and maintain a database of information about existing campus utilities. The project included an overall assessment of each underground utility asset through physical inspection, associated testing, and a condition report. Each utility was mapped in three dimensions, and the mapping was integrated with an updated aerial photogrammetric survey of the entire campus. The mapping and associated database of information can be integrated with the college’s computerized maintenance management system in the future. A condition assessment report for each utility included immediate, five-, ten-, and 20-year replacement recommendations. Utilities that were assessed included potable water, fire protection, storm water, sanitary sewer, natural gas, heating system/condensate, electrical power, communications, security, fuel systems, and irrigation.

In addition to the utility assessments, C&S performed survey work to supplement the aerial photogrammetry. All trees and large landscaping areas were located, and complete building outlines and finished floor elevations were documented for every campus structure. At the conclusion of the data collection and assessment phases, the data were organized using unique ID numbers for each specific campus asset. Once organized, all of the information was linked to a graphical user interface in a geographic information system model. The campus can now use the model to extract information about all of their major campus systems. This information has helped them with their day-to-day operations and also with both short and long-term capital planning.

Also included in the project was an investigation into specific sustainability opportunities the campus may consider for implementation. The campus-wide sustainability study began with a sustainability meeting with facilities personnel from the campus, community leaders, service providers, and C&S to discuss potential opportunities for the campus. C&S also performed sub-metering at four different building types to help assess existing energy usage and where cost saving measures should be implemented. A final report outlining the exploration of these possible opportunities and the necessary steps the college must take to implement them was included.

This project received a 2013 Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies, New York, the highest level of award given at the state level.