University of Notre Dame East Chiller Plant

KFI's utility long range plan and distribution study of the University of Notre Dame's campus revealed that additional chiller capacity would be necessary by 2018.


Notre Dame, IN


32,000 sq ft


Central Energy & Utilities



The existing chiller plant did not have the capacity for necessary expansions, requiring the construction of a new remote plant to serve the campus.


KFI provided mechanical, electrical, controls, and structural engineering, and commissioning services for the University of Notre Dame’s new East Chiller Plant. In addition to meeting the increased demand, constructing a new plant gave the University the benefit of having another chilled water source as well as an additional injection point to boost system pressure. The project also included utilities serving the new building and extension of the east campus tunnel and chilled water mains.


The remote plant includes a 32,000 square-foot building, which houses two new 2,000‑ton electric drive chillers, pumps, cooling towers, 2.3 million gallons (16,000 ton‑hours, 8,000-ton peak discharge) of thermal storage with pumps and thermal storage isolation heat exchangers.

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
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utility Generation & Distribution

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