Heating Plant​

The UWSP Central Heating Plant, located on Maria Drive on the north end of campus, generates all of the steam that is used on campus.  The steam produced heats our buildings and for domestic water, food preparation, process heating, campus laboratory applications and St. Michaels Hospital.

The heating plant operates 24 hours per day, 7 days each week, 356 days per year. Heating Plant employs seven full time plant operators.  There are 2.5 miles of 8” steam pipe winding across campus, alongside 2.5 miles of smaller condensate pipe that is used to recover steam.  The plant shuts down for approximately nine days immediately following spring graduation.  During this shutdown, plant operators perform maintenance on equipment that can't be done when the plant is operating. 

​Contact the Heating Plant:

Heating Plant Operator's Station:

Marty Zblewski: Power Plant Superintendent

 Heating Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have heard that the steam supply is shut down on campus once per year.  Why?

That is correct.  The annual shutdown happens immediately after the spring commencement ceremony and lasts through Memorial Day (approximately 10 days).  This planned shutdown is needed to help maintain a dependable steam distribution utility and gives heating plant operators the opportunity to clean or repair steam traps and tanks that they normally are unable to work on.  The types of services that are interrupted during the shutdown are steam and domestic hot water.

Q: Does the university still burn coal as a source of fuel?

Yes, however it is burned only as a backup to natural gas which is both cleaner and cheaper to use.  The university now burns a minimal amount of coal and there are future plans to use fuel oil as a backup source, completely eliminating the use of coal.  See the BOILER INVENTORY below for more details.

 UWSP Boiler Inventory

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