Steam Heating Systems

Some University buildings are heated with steam. Steam heat is provided by the campus’ energy plant.

Reporting problems

If you notice a problem with your heat, please call the Customer Service Center or submit a service request.

Heat delivery

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. 

Temperature control

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. 

Service category

Did You Know

The Service Center (609-258-8000) is a centralized call center for every Facilities department. They handle approximately 60,000 inquiries per year via phone, web, and email.