Project Scope:

In an effort to enhance efficiencies and control costs, the university decided to decommission their old steam plant feeding the entire hospital and build a new steam plant connected to the existing maintenance building.

With the new addition, IPS installed four (4) 600HP boilers, and an 85-ft tunnel underground was installed to tie-in the existing steam piping. Work included all plumbing, HVAC, piping, excavation, carpentry, roofing, controls, and insulation systems.

With a brand-new steam plant addition, UTMC had a backup system, along with an added boiler to the system. The new steam plant was more reliable, and energy efficient, saving the university money, and allowing for a more comfortable environment for staff, students, visitors, and patients.


UTMC needed the new steam plant addition completed quickly, and during the winter months. This pressed work activities, including the difficult task of working around the underground utilities to install the tunnel.  IPS coordinated work activities with UTMC’s maintenance personnel and hospital staff providing all occupants with necessary information regarding daily work activities. This communication helped increase work efficiency and helped ensure project safety.

$5.0mil. Total Construction
$2.5mil. Project Cost
4,000SF Facility Size
2013 Completion Date
12 Project Duration
bid build 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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