Bowling Green State University was established in 1910 as a teacher-training institution.  Bowling Green State University has grown in faculty staff to over 900 and 20,000 students.

IPS was the General Contractor for construction of a new central chiller plant that supplies chilled water to the Moore Musical, Student Health Center, Fine Arts and Wolfe Center.  BGSU was able to remove chillers in Moore Music, Student Health Center and Fine Arts and use a more energy efficient means of supplying chilled water to these locations.  IPS was issued a turnkey contract for all general trades, mechanical and electrical construction. The project included installation of cooling tower chillers, pumps and controls.

IPS worked closely with the University to coordinate construction scheduling in order to avoid interference with ongoing classes and other University activities. Multiple trades were scheduled to complete work concurrently throughout the project.

$ 8.9mil. Total Construction
$ 8.9mil. Project Cost
30,000SF Facility Size
8/2011 Completion Date
14 Project Duration
CM at Risk Delivery Method

Project Scope:

IPS was contracted by BGSU for this Central Heat Plant to Shatzel Hall Tunnel Restoration project. This included the replacement of the deteriorated Heat Plant Tunnel tunnel top below Thurstin Street and tunnel vault wall, pipe anchoring, and top where the secondary backup steam line enters the tunnel as it turns to the east under the parking lot heading towards Shatzel Hall, replacement of several deteriorated pipe rack supports in various locations throughout the entire tunnel, removal and replacement of up to five tunnel top expansion joints, insulating the pumped and high pressure condensate lines, plus installation of new LED lights and tunnel ventilation kiosks, etc. The utilities were contained within the tunnel system. The high pressure steam and the condensate lines were active during the construction of the tunnel renovation. IPS protected the piping located under Thurstin Ave during the replacement of the tunnel top and the walls in this area when the tunnel top was removed. IPS secured this area from accidental entry with proper protection (i.e. fencing, barricades, and signage) for the duration of the tunnel top replacement.


IPS dealt with the water infiltration and uninsulated piping issues before making any repairs to the tunnel structures. IPS replaced the section of the Heating Plant Tunnel for the portion under Thurstin Street. This tunnel top replacement required the removal of the roadway surface and the subbase located over the tunnel. This work was planned to be done for half of the tunnel at time to limit the disruption to traffic flow and locations and waterproofing to prevent future water infiltration from occurring.

8/2018 Delivery Method
N/A Delivery Method
Bid Build Delivery Method
$938,800 Total Construction
$ 901,000 Project Cost
8/2018 Completion Date
N/A Project Duration
Bid Build Delivery Method

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