Notre Dame Combustion Turbines and Heat Recovery Steam Generators

Notre Dame’s planet-friendly initiative switches up its fuel source with an eye toward the future. Its new systems are on target to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions over the long term.


South Bend, IN


32,000 sq ft


Central Energy & Utilities



After the execution of a utilities long range plan, KFI designed a new gas turbine/heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) plant featuring two 5.5 MW gas turbines, two 400 psig, 725 F HRSGs with supplemental firing, a new dedicated high-pressure gas source for the University, redundant gas compressors, and a new substation.


The 32,000 square-foot expansion to the facilities building houses the plant and electrical gear. Two new natural gas compressors were installed to provide high-pressure natural gas to the new combustion turbines. These are housed in a separate new gas compressor building. In addition to the turbines, KFI provided the design for the relocation of the existing water treatment systems within the facilities building and new 20,000 gpm cooling towers to replace the two existing chillers. The project also included connecting to three existing tunnels, rerouting of existing tunnel piping through the new plant, and phased demolition of two tunnels that would be running through the new building’s basement if left in service.

After reviewing the projections laid out in the Utilities Long Range Plan, the team moved forward with a new gas-turbine/HRSG plant featuring two 5.5MW gas turbines, HRSGs with supplemental firing, a new dedicated high pressure gas source, redundant gas compressors and a new substation.



This project expanded campus electrical capacity by 11 MW and steam generation by 180,000 lb/hr.

Key Contacts:
Mark Zimmerman, PE
Vice President, Industry and Infrastructure
Zach Verbick, PE
Director, Utilities and Central Energy
David Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Commissioning
  • Controls Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utility Generation & Distribution

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