As a result of the Master Plan process, Xavier University began investigating the feasibility and the pros and cons of centralizing their campus utilities. A new 20,000 SF Central Utility Plant was therefore planned as part of the Hoff Academic Quad development. After numerous site-planning exercises, the plant was ultimately situated across the street from Xavier’s new campus gateway entrance. As such, the design recognizes the importance of the location and supports the architecture of the campus entrance without competing or detracting from it. In addition, the design is sensitive to the surrounding neighborhood. The plant’s design also incorporates sustainable concepts and construction with a goal of a LEED Silver certification. The Central Utility Plant will ultimately serve the entire campus through long-term major utility distribution and infrastructure improvements and it is sized and planned to allow for incremental equipment expansion within the building.