The Physical Plant operates and maintains a central utility plant located in the heart of central campus inside the historic Royall Tyler Theatre Annex. The Plant generates and distributes steam and chilled water to meet the needs of the campus community for space heating; air conditioning, hot water generation and scientific research support. The pressurized steam and chilled water is carried from the plant to campus buildings through a network of underground pipes. All of the equipment inside the Plant-- including the boilers and chillers-- are used on a rotational basis. The redundancy built into the system allows for reliability, flexibility, backup capacity, and for regular preventive maintenance to be performed. A diesel-powered generator is available to keep the system going in case of a major power outage. The Plant is operated and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For over a half century the Plant has grown through efficiency and innovation to supply the UVM campus with a reliable source of steam and chilled water. Learn more about the history of the building and Plant.