HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITY
Established in 1908, Montclair University has evolved with the times to accommodate the increasing needs of students around the country. Situated on 250 acres just outside New York City, the University's six colleges and schools serve over 20,000 students each year. Crane Associates was contracted to upgrade the school's outdated electrical system, which services about 40 buildings, and provide a more efficient and safe environment for students, faculty and staff.
CLIENT: MONTCLAIR UNIVERSITY
LOCATION: UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ
COMPLETION YEAR: 2017
DISCIPLINE: EDUCATIONAL FACILITY
SIZE: 250 Acres
In an effort to update the outdated electrical system on campus, Crane Associates work with University personnel to establish an approved plan for addressing the electrical system work. After a preliminary investigative survey, the CA team found areas of the campus fitted with an outdated 13.2KV - 4.16KV, 7 MVA substation fed from a PSE&G utility feeder and a 5.3MVA co-generation plant located on the campus grounds. Approximately 40 buildings are serviced by the electrical system via nine radial feeders. Crane performed an electrical infrastructure study and report to determine existing conditions and to make recommendations for improved reliability due to prior and proposed expansions and alterations of the campus.
The scope Montclair University's electrical project included investigative survey, design and construction phase services. Following the aforementioned electrical infrastructure study and report, Crane was subsequently retained to implement recommendations contained therein. The major components of the project include four prongs. First, a new substation consisting of new 26.4KV PSE&G utility feeders, two (2) 20 MVA, 26.4KV-4.16KV, 2400 VAC transformers and two lineups of 4.16 KV switchgear were constructed and housed in a new switchgear building. A new 3,500 square foot switchgear building, architecturally designed to compliment the surrounding campus buildings, was erected to house the new equipment. The existing 5.3 MVA co-generation facility was integrated into the campus distribution system, providing MSU with the ability to ride through a PSE&G blackout. Finally, new underground duct banks and switchgear were constructed to each of the forty existing buildings served by the system. The new apparatus provides each building with a preferred and alternate feeder, thus reducing building down time caused by feeder cable failure.