SUNY Oswego Campus-Wide Infrastructure and Sustainability Study

C&S performed both a campus-wide infrastructure study and campus-wide sustainability study at SUNY Oswego. The study included a detailed inventory and condition assessment of the following systems: potable water, fire protection, wastewater, storm water, natural gas, heating (steam and condensate), electrical, lighting, communications, security, and transportation.

The inventory was performed using various survey and mapping technologies, including traditional surveying, global positioning survey, aerial photogrammetry, and ground penetrating radar (GPR) for subsurface infrastructure. The inventory and conditions assessment was recorded in a spatially enabled database with an intuitive graphical user interface often referred to as a facility information management system (FIMS). The system provides a centralized storage repository for facility related data as well as providing facility professionals an easy way to search and retrieve information allowing it to be used for capital planning. For this application a combination of Autodesk Map 3-D and TMA were implemented.

An additional goal of the study was to evaluate each system in regards to sustainability, energy conservation, and reducing SUNY Oswego’s carbon footprint. C&S prepared a campus-wide sustainability study and assisted in preparation of the climate action plan. This portion of the project study was partially funded through New York State Energy research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through the Flex Tech program. The campus-wide sustainability study started with a charrette which included representatives from administration, faculty, students, and facility personnel, community leaders, and service providers. The day-long session facilitated by C&S produced planning priorities, key performance indicators, and potential projects. Three main topics were identified by the group: energy conservation, renewable/alternative energy, and transportation. C&S evaluated each of the opportunities utilizing a triple bottom line method, looking at effect on the environment, economic factors, and the social/academic impacts.

Energy models were prepared for four of the campus buildings to evaluate the opportunities and assist in making recommendations for implementation. Renewable/alternative energy opportunities included wind, solar electric and thermal systems, and cogeneration. A transportation demand management plan was developed to outline strategies for providing efficient transportation and reducing carbon emissions. From the results of the report, C&S assisted the campus in preparation of their climate action plan, outlining the strategies needed for carbon neutrality.

This project received a 2012 Platinum Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, New York Chapter.