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University of Utah Campus Wide Electrical Utility Distribution Upgrade

Spectrum Engineers’ dedication to the University of Utah and teamwork quickly fostered a collaborative environment that has led to the completion and success of this project.
Cory D Higgins, Ph.D., PE, University of Utah

University of Utah Campus Wide Electrical Utility Distribution Upgrade

The University of Utah is the largest institution in the State of Utah Higher Education System.  The University’s electrical distribution system serves a large medical center, major research facilities, student housing, academic, athletic, and administration facilities. The electrical distribution system serves over 320 buildings through an underground network of duct banks and manholes that originate from three, 46 kV substations, plus a 5 megawatt cogeneration plant. Distribution from these substations is owned by the University and is supplied at 4,160 volts, 7,200 volts, and 12,470 volts. A vast majority of this distribution system is supplied underground from the substations to the buildings.

Most of the system was old and failing, and the campus was in desperate need to upgrade the system to provide more reliability, safety, flexibility and capacity for years to come.

Spectrum Engineers was selected as the most experienced and qualified to provide electrical engineering services to replace the majority of the electrical distribution system. The project budget is $85 million, phased over a three-year period.

We validated the preliminary concepts and improved upon them and established a set of standards we could follow throughout the project. The team made the big, high-level decisions up front. We used mathematical formulas to calculate the reliability increase of proposed solutions, and any that did not provide improved reliability were moved to a lower priority.
Dave Wesemann P.E., LEED AP, ATD Spectrum Engineers

David Wesemann

P.E., LEED AP, ATD

President & Principal Electrical Engineer

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Stewart “Skip” Greene

P.E.

CEO & Chairman of the Board

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Jeffrey Richards

P.E., LEED AP

Principal Electrical Engineer

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Chris Kobayashi

P.E., LEED AP

Principal Electrical Engineer

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David Hinckley

P.E.

Principal Electrical Engineer

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