Higher Education


SUNY Cobleskill, Champlin Hall

The State University Construction Fund (SUCF) retained HEA as the prime consultant to replace critical HVAC, electric service and domestic hot water infrastructure at SUNY Cobleskill’s Champlin Hall, a two-story, 43,000 SF dining hall and cooking laboratory. The project included new energy recovery ventilation equipment, A VAV HVAC system, new central heating hot water and chiller plants, make-up air and exhaust for the kitchens, and a new domestic hot water plant. A new natural gas service was also extended to the building.

Electrical work included combining the building’s two existing 13.8 kV service entrances into one service entrance as well as emergency power upgrades and new LED lighting throughout the building. Additional upgrades included a new central domestic water heating plant, passenger elevator improvements, expanded emergency power, new wall and ceiling finishes, new CO detection devices, a new building-wide sprinkler system, and replacement of the building’s two upper roofs.


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Various Projects

HEA’s experience at MCLA’s North Adams campus ranges from lighting and water heating upgrades to a multi-million dollar cogeneration system. Our experience at this campus includes:

  • Design services associated with a new cogeneration system for the campus’s central plant. The system consists of a high-pressure dual fuel-fired steam boiler, back pressure steam turbine generator, and all associated piping and ancillary equipment.
  • Design services the replacement of existing gas-fired domestic water heaters and associated storage tanks that serve these eight buildings, and provided a new instantaneous steam-to-hot-water converter. The new boilers were sized to accommodate the full summer loads, allowing the steam system to shut down during the summer.
  • Design services associated with lighting, fire alarm and sprinkler upgrades at Berkshire Towers, a twin-towered, suite-style student residence. Work included upgrades to normal and emergency lighting systems, new fire alarms and fire suppression systems, and emergency generator and automatic transfer switch upgrades.


Williams College, Various Projects

Since 2014, HEA has provided M/E/P design services for a wide range of projects at historic Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Our resume includes M/E/P designs for:

  • Renovations and an addition to Driscoll Dining Hall, a two-story student dining facility.
  • The renovation of Gundy’s Garage to accommodate artist studios and support spaces.
  • ADA upgrades at Chadbourne & Doughty Houses (student dormitories).
  • Fire protection improvements at Sage Hall, a four-story student dormitory building.
  • Boiler replacements at Morey & Stocking Houses.
  • Power distribution, pedestrian site lighting and A/V design associated with a $1.2M site infrastructure project to support the hosting of campus events and enhance overall campus aesthetics.
  • Renovations to the Lawrence Hall Visual Resource Center.
  • Renovations to the College’s Security Department Headquarters in Hopkins Hall.


SUNY Albany, Main Fountain Rehabilitation

SUNY Albany’s iconic main fountain is widely recognized as an important aesthetic and cultural campus asset. It features a complex DMX-512 control system that allows the fountain’s water jets and 245 submersible, perimeter, ring, runway and table LED lights to be custom programmed. This gives SUNY Albany the capability to provide highly choreographed theatrical-type performances that support a variety of special events. In 2015, SUNY Albany staff expressed concerns relative to the fountain’s performance. To address these issues, SUCF retained HEA to develop recommendations to improve the reliability and performance of the fountain’s equipment and systems. The investigative process was complicated because many of the fountain’s components are inaccessible, and unable to be observed and tested without extensive demolition. After completing the field investigation and recommendation development phase, HEA was subsequently retained to provide design and construction administration services to implement the recommended repairs.


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