Charter Street Heating Plant Upgrades

Project Information

Total Cost: $140,000,000

Project Phase: Construction

Construction Dates: 09/2010 - 12/2013

Area: 243,000 GSF

Project Summary: The campus Charter Street Heating Plant delivers heating and cooling to the campus. It generates about 9 megawatts (MW) of electricity via back pressure stream turbine generator that reduces the amount of electricity purchased from Madison Gas & Electric. This $140,000,000 project scope included removing the existing coal fired boilers and replacing them with 4 natural gas / oil fired boilers. Each rated at 225,000#/hr. The project includes providing a new water treatment system and mechanical, electrical and control system replacement and upgrades. The 243,000 GSF project is making provisions for a future steam turbine generator. Construction began September 2010 and is expected to be complete in December 2013. The project is currently tracking at a LEED Gold level.


The project is currently tracking at a LEED Gold certification level. Details about this are given below.

There are four bus stops within a quarter mile of the building for public transportation.

 All plants and grass surrounding this site require no irrigation.

Currently 80% of the construction waste has been diverted from the landfill.

70% of wood products are derived from sustainable forestry practices as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Low-emitting paints, sealants, adhesives, carpets and furnishings were used throughout this building to protect indoor air quality.

No smoking is allowed around the building which also protects the indoor air quality.