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Welcome to the Birmingham ASHRAE Chapter


Next Monthly Meeting - March 22

Topic: UAB Steam Plant Tour

Steam Operations Overview

Steam Operations consists of a 20,000-square-foot facility that provides 320,000 pounds per hour of steam for heating, humidification and sterilization connected to four miles of underground and aboveground piping. This is accomplished with four industrial size watertube 80,000 pounds per hour Babcock & Wilcox Boilers, which provide steam to 29 buildings throughout campus that include UAB Hospital, the VA Hospital, Callahan Eye Foundation and Southern Research Institute. The steam plant supplies these customers with 150 psig 465°F superheated steam throughout its distribution piping. Our steam distribution piping design is comprised of two steam loops with pipe sizes ranging from 4–18 inches in diameter. Over 40 steam vaults are located under streets and sidewalks throughout campus and the medical district. These vaults provide steam connections and emergency isolation points for campus buildings. Our piping design also includes a condensate return system which returns condensate back to the steam plant from the buildings for increased efficiency and less makeup water usage. Every building connected to the district steam lines is metered for steam usage and condensate return.

Ten boiler operators provide 24 hour coverage throughout UAB’s campus. In addition, a supporting preventative maintenance staff of boiler mechanics, electronic technicians and a procurement expeditor ensures maintenance is completed on all district steam plant operations. Along with maintaining steam plant operations our staff operates and maintains 106 auxiliary boilers and hot water heaters on campus. The department provides repairs to steam line piping, vault maintenance, valve repairs, boiler repairs, combustion testing, meter calibrating and in emergent situations to maintain a safe and reliable steam distribution throughout campus. Our preventative maintenance program operates year round with continued emphasis on increasing efficiency and minimizing downtime. 

!!!NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE!!!  THIS IS NOT OUR REGULAR LOCATION!!!  PLAN ON STREET PARKING, SO BRING QUARTERS!!!

Address: 1300 6th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35294
Date: March 22, 2017
Time: Lunch-11:30 a.m.; Tour-12:00-1:00 p.m.  We will be providing a box lunch which we will eat at the site before commencing the tour of the plant.


Upcoming Meetings/Events

March 22 - UAB Steam Plant Tour
April 26 - Doing More with Less - How to Utilize Hyrdronic Systems to Transfer
               Energy More Efficiently - Doug Zentz, DL
May 18 - ASHRAE Annual Golf Scramble - Pine Tree Country Club
May 24 - OA Calculation Methods for VAV Systems, Brian Monk, DL



As part of our December meeting, we were privileged to have several UAB students give a presentation on their participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar DecathlonUAB is partnering with Calhoun Community College and the University of Alabama in Huntsville on this endeavor.  ASHRAE is participating in the funding of this along with many local companies.  To participate or for more information, please visit their website at www.uab.edu/solardecathlon/.  You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UABsolardecathlon/.

Please consider how you or your company can support this project through contributing to their needs list.  Please click here to see a list of materials.




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