Big-D Construction completes replacement of coal boilers at Idaho university

Big-D Construction said June 6 that it recently reached completion on the BYU-Idaho Central Energy Facility located in Rexburg, Idaho.

The new 28,000-square-foot building, on which construction began in 2013, has allowed Brigham Young University (BYU)-Idaho, to replace its coal-fired boilers with natural gas-fired boilers. The original heating plant, in operation since 1963, had reached the end of its usable life. The new facility was built adjacent to what was the existing heating plant. The existing plant remained in operation throughout construction of the new facility until the transition was complete. Once the new facility was fully operational, the existing heating plant was demolished and the administration wing of the new facility was built.

In addition to the natural gas-fired boilers, the facility also utilizes cogeneration by using a 5-MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine to produce electricity. The waste combustion heat is captured by a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) that in turn produces steam for the campus.

“The new Central Energy Facility was designed and built to support the university for the next 50 years. Through competent design consultants and a great contractor, we will be able to support the future energy needs of BYU-Idaho and its students with this new facility for many years to come,” said BYU-I Managing Director of University Operations Wayne Clark.

Big-D’s family of companies includes more than 1,000 associates and 48 years of experience providing Design-Build, General Contracting and Construction Management services to customers from a wide variety of industries. Regional offices are located in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Lindon and Park City, Utah; Pleasanton, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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