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Customer Story: George Mason University

Higher Education

Location: Fairfax, VA


Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University (GMU) serves as the state’s largest research university. With 12 schools and colleges and over 34,000 students, GMU provides education, research and employment opportunities to a large community. Looking to provide safe and reliable utility service to the campus, the university worked with Washington Gas to provide natural gas to GMU’s Central Power Plant.



Washington Gas was tasked with supplying natural gas to the Central Power Plant to accommodate the university’s current population and future enrollment growth of the university. To proactively prepare for the impending 2015 heating season, GMU had a time-sensitive construction timetable. While working toward this set deadline, our challenges included working with traffic congestion and buried private utility lines.



Our staff and the university’s mechanical engineers worked closely to eliminate road blocks that would prevent us from keeping the tight construction timetable. This allowed us to determine the most cost-effective route, meter sizing, location and construction coordination through a streamlined and coordinated process. We resized the existing meter, ran a new 8-inch main and set the new meter, all before the provided deadline. In addition to reducing the cost for traffic control and time and material charges for hand digging around utilities, our solution also resulted in a no-cost installation.



Our goal was to provide the university with expertise to create a cost-effective and efficient energy solution. We were able to provide installation at no cost, bringing natural gas to the Central Power Plant to provide high-temperature hot water to the GMU campus.



"The engineering group at Washington Gas has been great. They have worked diligently to route the line safely through a maze of utility and service lines and have done so without a single incident.

- Mike Herman, Capital Outlay Engineer, George Mason University

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