Lendlease Celebrates Project Milestone at Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lendlease has received the first Temporary Certificates of Occupancy from the city of New York Department of Buildings for the Central Energy Plant for Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus.

Located below the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the CEP consists of two floors below grade and currently occupies 57,000 gross square feet. The CEP includes a refrigeration plant, high-efficiency dual-fuel-fired (oil and natural gas) boiler plant, normal electric power service from Con Edison, a robust emergency/standby diesel generator plant and associated support and advanced control systems. Elements of the CEP include:

  • A central chilled water plant with electric motor and steam turbine-driven, centrifugal refrigeration machines; variable speed pumps for each chiller; refrigeration monitoring system; automatic controls and more
  • A high-pressure steam plant featuring high-efficiency modulating low-NOx burners
  • Natural gas and fuel oil systems, such that the plant can switch from natural gas to No. 2 oil when requested by the local utility during periods of peak city-wide demand for natural gas to help ensure that the city’s gas storage supplies are kept at a safe level
  • Emergency generators, located on the roof of the Studebaker Building, which would automatically activate during a loss of normal electric power from Con Edison; all essential systems and equipment, including life safety systems, are backed up by the emergency generator plant