UH CENTRAL PLANT MONTHLY TOURS
The primary mission of the Plant
Operations group is to serve the
needs of faculty, students, and
staff by maintaining and improving
the physical environment and
facilities of the University of
Houston. Being an educational
institution we also believe in
sharing the knowledge of our
operations with our students and
Plant Operations is pleased to
announce three tours of several
Utility Services areas. These tours
will be offered on the first
Wednesday of every month at 10:30AM
and will be led by a Plant
Operationsí staff member. Every
month we will alternate between one
of the following tours: (1) Central
Plant, (2) Underground tunnels, (3)
REGISTER FOR A TOUR
The first tour of the Central Plant
is scheduled for Wednesday, February
3, 2010 @ 10:30am.
in Plant Operations to sign up for
these tours, or to obtain additional
information. The length of the tours
will be roughly 25 to 30 minutes.
For your safety and security,
sandals, open-toed shoes, and or
cameras arenít allowed.
TOUR-1: CENTRAL PLANT
Have you ever wondered?
1. What happens inside the Power
Plant building located between M.D.
Anderson library and the School of
2. How our campus gets its cooling
3. How much installed capacity we
have and, as we continue our journey
to achieve Tier-1 status, if we have
enough capacity to serve all the
planned new buildings that will come
Come and join us for the next Plant
Operations tour of the Central
Plant. During this tour you will see
the Central plant controls room,
cooling equipment, chemical
treatment room, electrical gear, and
the crowd favorite - looking inside
the operational steam boiler.
TOUR-2: UNDERGROUND TUNNELS AND HIGH
There are about 3 miles of
underground tunnels at University of
Houston. Chilled water, steam,
electrical feeders run through these
Take a short walk with us to see a
portion of these underground tunnels
from Science and Research Building 2
(SR2) to University
Center-Satellite. During this tour
you will see the utilities
underground, submarine doors
installed in tunnels, and the high
voltage electrical vault with
automatic transfer switches.
TOUR-3: COUGAR SUBSTATION
The reliability of our electrical
service is significantly better than
the conventional CenterPoint grid.
We all experienced this during
Hurricane Ike in 2008. As most
residents in and around Houston area
suffered with extended power
outages, University of Houston
Utility Services (electrical, water,
cooling, steam) were not
One of the reasons for such high
reliability is due to University
owned Cougar substation. Cougar
substation is located at the Energy
Research Park behind building-14.
This tour will focus on the
electrical gear at the substation
and the three electrical feeders
coming to campus.
This outdoor tour will depend on
weather conditions. If it is raining
or if there are chances of rain, the
tour may get cancelled.