Drilling completed for SUNY Oswego's 240-well geothermal field

Contractors for SUNY Oswego reached a milestone Oct. 12 when they drilled the 240th and final geothermal well to help heat and cool the new Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor.

Geothermal drilling complete“With that, this completes over 22.7 miles of drilling and (nearly) 46 miles of piping that went into the wells,” said Allen Bradberry, the college’s liaison with construction companies working on the sciences project, which is being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards.

Each of the 240 wells extends nearly 500 feet into the earth. The geothermal venture moved into high gear early last summer with clearing and grading of a parking lot between Snygg and Sheldon halls. The geothermal field will use energy created by temperature differentials and delivered by heat pumps to help reduce fossil-fuel energy costs in the new sciences complex.

The next step, Bradberry said, will be to connect header piping to the west-most borings, where the fluid medium will make its way to and from a space for mechanicals in the 150,000-square-foot addition to Piez Hall. North-south trenches will be excavated to connect the rows of wells, he said.

Meanwhile, contractors have delivered more than 7,000 of the anticipated 13,000 cubic yards of concrete for the new structure, which has risen to the third of four floors, according to Bradberry. The $118 million sciences complex is due to open in fall 2013.

PHOTO CAPTION: Renewable energy—SUNY Oswego’s geothermal project now has 240 wells—like the ones protruding at left and in the background. Drilling wrapped up Oct. 12 for the venture that will help heat and cool the college’s new Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor. From left are drill supervisor Ryan Baye of American Auger & Ditching Co. Inc. of Constantia, subcontractor to FAHS Construction Group of Binghamton for the geothermal work; Mark Kentile, regional director of SUNY Construction Fund, providing the financing for the sciences project; and Allen Bradberry of SUNY Oswego Facilities Design and Construction.

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(Posted: Oct 14, 2011)

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