Thermal Plant

Exterior of the Thermal plantThe MRMC Thermal plant provides steam and chilled water that heat and cool the hospitals and other buildings on the academic medical campus.

It provides service to a total of 7 million sq. ft. of interior building space. The specialized needs of the campus, which include adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma centers and biomedical research facilities, make it important for MRMC to be able to directly manage these services.


Thermal is in the final stages of completing a three-year plant and distribution system project to promote and improve:

  • Redundancy: Construction of a second plant to provide continuous supply of critical service with two independent thermal sources and on-site alternate fuel backup
  • Reliability: Investment in plant and distribution infrastructure to enhance uninterrupted, consistent thermal service
  • Eco-Friendliness: Elimination of coal and conversion to natural gas, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 50 percent
  • Growth: Creating capacity to accommodate future growth on the campus
  • Transparency: Engaging member organizations in decision-making from the source to the user
  • Control: Aligning clinical, economic and accreditation values in decision-making
  • Costs Improving rates for steam and chilled water for nonprofit health care and medical education organizations

MRMC Thermal contracts with Ever-Green Energy, an independent provider, to operate and manage the plant.