Combined Heat and Power Plant

Combined Heat and Power Plant

A Combined Heat and Power Plant and District Heating and Cooling loop with a central chiller facility will support the campus core and the development of an innovation district on west campus by providing energy-efficient electricity, heating and cooling. The facility will support the university’s sustainability goals and is expected to cut carbon emissions by more than 30% in the first full year of operations. The projects are a cornerstone of the university’s public-private partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners. The total cost for both projects, including infrastructure for a district heating and cooling loop, is expected to be $289.9 million.

An application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the CHP facility was submitted to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in November 2019 (Case Number 19-1641-EL-BGN). On September 17, 2020, the OPSB issued an Opinion, Order and Certificate approving the application subject to certain conditions. Construction timelines are under development.

  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2023


Project Team

Project Manager 
Bryceson Nunley (ENGIE)



Preliminary Design Team
HDR, FVB Energy Inc.

Detailed Engineering Team
Frank Lill & Son, RMF Engineering, EMH&T

Construction Team
Frank Lill & Son, Whiting-Turner / Corna-Kokosing

Building Architectural Consultant
Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA)


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