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Mechanical Shop

facilities services

Plumbing pipes

The Mechanical Shop at Boston College manages and maintains the following areas:

Note: Service for room refrigerators and window air conditioners is provided by the Electrical Shop.


The HVAC Shop is responsible for all the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration needs on campus, which includes work for building systems as well as kitchen eqipment, rooftop units, chillers, steam, hot water, and boilers. All systems are maintained by the HVAC Shop to ensure smooth and efficient operation.

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Plumbing Shop

The Plumbing Shop is responsible for all related plumbing needs throughout the entire campus, including bathroom facilities, showers, toilets, water bubblers, and medical gases.

These systems vary in complexity from the highly technical Research Zone Systems to smaller residential properties maintained by the University. All systems are maintained for proper operation by Plumbing Shop personnel.

The Plumbing Shop also maintains all Fire Suppression Systems on Campus. These systems are checked and tested through the Preventive Maintenance Program.

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Preventive Maintenance Shop

Routine maintenance is performed on over 16,000 pieces of mechanical equipment throughout the entire campus. These tasks include filter changes, oiling, greasing, belt replacement, and other PM-related tasks. The functions of the PM Shop are essential to keep all systems running in a proper manner. These efforts are also augmented by the other HVAC mechanics working at the University.

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The Energy Management Control System is a campus-wide control system that monitors and alarms control-sensing points. This is a state-of-the-art computerized control system with over 120,000 points maintained 24 hours a day. The EMCS uses Direct Digital Control Systems, which enable the shop to remotely monitor many of the HVAC systems on campus. This capability allows the shop to respond to various conditions without disruption to the occupant. The shop also uses the EMCS to run all systems as energy-efficiently as possible. This shop performs repairs and recommissioning of various systems throughout the University.

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