Some University buildings are heated with steam. Steam heat is provided by the campus’ energy plant.
If you notice a problem with your heat, please call the Customer Service Center or submit a service request.
Steam is forced through a series of underground pipes into a set of pipes in a building’s basement. The steam is then sent upward through risers, carrying heat to each floor. Radiators spread the heat into individual rooms.
Most buildings are divided into zones with separate temperature control in each zone. Thermostatic sensors collect temperature data within each zone and adjust the amount of steam sent to radiators within the zone. Sensors are placed in some, but not all, rooms. Some dorms have thermostatic control valves on the radiators that can be adjusted to control the amount of steam to each radiator. Some dorms have a weatherstat admitting steam based on the outdoor air temperature.