The High Voltage Electrical crew is responsible for the electrical distribution system to more than 300 buildings on campus. Electrical distribution is broken down into a 4,160 volt system and 13,800 volt system. The 4160 V system is made up of 53 feeders and over 17 miles of underground duct bank. The 13.8kV system radial distributes power to 13.8kV/4160V substations and is 5 miles in length.
In addition to the high voltage system, this group is responsible for maintenance and repair of the street and security lighting systems throughout the main campus, as well as all other ancillary locations.
The High Voltage Electrical crew assures adherence to all federal, state and local regulations regarding the operation and maintenance of the electrical utility system, specifically, requirements outlined in the National Electrical Code.
The Rotating Equipment crew maintains more than 2,000 pumps campus wide. This includes chilled water, hot water, condensate, boiler feed water, sanitary sewer, domestic, storm sewer, pool, vacuum and irrigation. They also maintain other equipment, such as tunnel blowers, level controls, variable frequency drives, and electrical motor starters.
The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) maintenance group is responsible for the mechanical, plumbing, electrical and building systems maintenance at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine complex. This 400,000 square foot facility consists of 14 buildings, which include teaching facilities, medical clinics, a hospital containing both small and large animal operating and recovery rooms, necropsy laboratories, animal incinerators, and biomedical research facilities with biological hazard laboratories.
SVM operates seven days per week, twenty-four hours a day. The major equipment associated with the physical plant includes two boilers with a steam output capacity of 45,000 pounds per hour, chillers with a combined capacity in excess of 2,900 tons per hour, a 2,000Kw emergency generator, and more than 40 air handling units, numerous fume hoods, scientific and laboratory equipment, chilled water and condenser water pumps, cooling towers, air compressors and vacuum pumps. The majority of these components are controlled by usage of a computerized Energy Management System.
The SVM maintenance group assures adherence to all federal, state and local regulations regarding the operation and maintenance of a teaching veterinary hospital and research facility. This includes laboratories registered with the Center of Disease Control and designated as Biological Safety Laboratory Level III.
The Utility Plumbing department is responsible for the distribution of mechanical utilities to all buildings on campus. These utilities include:
Steam – Delivery of high pressure steam through four (4) miles of underground utility tunnels and direct buried piping. The steam is used for the purpose of heating and year round climate control to the majority of buildings on campus.
Chilled Water -Distribution of underground chilled water for climate control of campus buildings year round.
Water – Supply of both fire system and domestic potable water to all areas on campus.
Sewer – Maintenance of sewer collection lines and mains throughout campus to various outfalls to the City/Parish collection system.
Drainage – Service and maintain the stormwater drainage system.
Natural Gas – Operate a “Master Meter” distribution system for natural gas, distributing natural gas from the 450 psi supply point to individual users throughout campus.