Plant Operators pictured from left to right: Billy Perry, Glenn Moore, Marty Zawacki, Ponciano Infante, Ronnie Abacan, James McLarty, Nestor Baldemor, Larry Larsen, Keith Nielsen, Michael Tomongha, Harvey Willis, Dave Hoffman (supervisor), Brad Dean, Edmund Alcazar, and Bob Martin. Not pictured: Mark Erwin
Rice University has two utility plants on campus. The Central and South Plants collectively house two natural gas turbines (combined heat and power), two heat recovery steam generators, six boilers six chillers, two cooling towers, and one domestic water well. The plants generate 30 percent of Rice's electricity, 98 percent of heating and cooling, and 20 percent of the campus domestic water. These utilities are provided through three miles of tunnels and hundreds of miles of pipe, both buried and in tunnels throughout the campus. The plants also serve as distribution points for the remaining 70 percent of Rice’s electricity and another 80 percent of Rice’s domestic water. They are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year by licensed operators who monitor and control utility production and distribution on campus. After normal working hours, the Central Plant control room also serves as the point of contact for building trouble calls, building air conditioning and heating scheduling and urgent maintenance requests.
Mission: To provide exemplary service through the production, distribution, and management of utilities for the Rice Campus in the safest, reliable, efficient, responsible, and sustainable manner possible.