The Steamfitter Shop is a collection of trades people that work on and maintain all types of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. They maintain the steam distribution system that carries high pressure steam across campus. This steam provides heat for most of the campus buildings and is also used for preparing food and sterilizing research instruments.
Chilled water that is circulated through large underground pipes that run from the three heating plants is used to cool our campus buildings. Our steamfitters control the steam and chilled water with pneumatic controls in each building. In addition, they maintain large refrigeration systems used for research and production, autoclaves, and incubators.