Georgetown University Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, DC

Engineering Support for Major Campus Growth Initiatives

For more than four decades, Mueller Associates has supported modernization and new development initiatives on Georgetown University’s historic campus in Washington, D.C. Services have included master planning for short- and long-term chiller plant improvements, design of multi-phased plant upgrades, and development of an electrical utility master plan.

Among the most significant projects to date, Mueller engineered a central utility plant expansion to support MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s new medical/surgical pavilion. The 477,213-square-foot center will include 156 private patient rooms, 31 operating rooms, and 32 exam rooms in a new emergency department. The work included the addition of a 3,700-ton chiller, pump replacements, additional chilled water and steam campus distribution piping, additional steam generation and auxiliary equipment, and reconfiguration of the electrical distribution equipment.

Prior to the most recent plant expansion to support the pavilion, Mueller completed an ambitious, four-phase central chiller plant improvement project that spanned more than 20 years. In 1994, Mueller completed a study of the plant and recommended long-term improvements to optimize campus operations and accommodate proposed capital projects. The first phase added new cooling towers and water pumps; converted a tower area into a plant building addition to house chilled water generating and electrical equipment; and added two chillers, chilled water distribution and condenser water systems, five substations, and a new chilled water distribution piping system. The second phase expanded the plant by an additional 4,000 tons, and the third phase involved an additional chiller expansion. The fourth phase included a 3,700-ton chiller addition, a 7,700-ton cooling tower, and a 480-volt distribution network. 

Completed projects also include boiler feedwater system improvements in the central plant, electrical infrastructure upgrades serving the East Campus Quadrangle, and replacement of the chilled water plant serving the East Campus Quadrangle. Mueller also engineered the renovation of the Lauinger Library Special Collections Research Center; upgrades to the former Jesuit Residence to create residential suites, Copley Crypt Chapel, and St. William Chapel; and renovations within the university’s Pre-Clinical Sciences Building to create a Clinical Skills Testing Center.

Client History

2023: Central Utility Plant Expansion for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Surgical Pavilion
2021: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital East-West Road and Utilities
2021: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Leavey Garage CHW Upgrades
2021: Copley Crypt Chapel and St. William Chapel Renovations; GBR Architects
2017: Yates Recreation Center Storm Water Modification Study
2017: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Main Building Electrical Service Contingency Plan
2016: Darnall Hall Mezzanine Reconfiguration Feasibility Study
2016: Solar PV Systems
2016: MedStar Surgical Pavilion Enabling Project Site Utilities Package
2016: Campus Utility Master Plan
2016: Renovation of Ida Ryan and Isaac Hawkins Halls; Ayers Saint Gross
2016: Georgetown Housing Study; Ayers Saint Gross
2015: Phase IV Central Chilled Water Plant Expansion and Utility Infrastructure Upgrades
2015: Lauinger Library Special Collections Research Center; Bowie Gridley Architects
2015: Former Jesuit Residence System Improvements
2014: Boiler Feedwater System Improvements
2013: East Campus Electrical Infrastructure Replacement
2012: East Campus Chilled Water Plant Replacement
2009: Electrical Master Utility Plan
2008: Phase III Central Chilled Water Plant Expansion and Utility Infrastructure Upgrades
2004: Phase II Central Chilled Water Plant Expansion and Utility Infrastructure Upgrades
2003: Multidisciplinary Teaching Labs and Clinical Skills Teaching Center; Ayers Saint Gross
1998: Phase I Central Chilled Water Plant Expansion and Utility Infrastructure Upgrades
1994: Central Chiller Plant Study and Recommendations
1994: Fuel Tank System
1985: Chiller Tests
1982: Intercultural Center; Metcalf & Associates

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