Interior shot of Peru State University's Delzell Hall's lounge area
Interior shot of Peru State University's Delzell Hall' hallway
Interior shot of Peru State University's Delzell Hall's lounge area

Delzell Residence Hall


Peru, Nebraska


  • Residential: 20,944 GSF
  • Office: 615 GSF
  • General Use: 4,809 GSF
  • Storage: 10,530 GSF
  • Circulation: 12,474 GSF
  • Building Services: 5,647 GSF


Built in 1939, Peru State University’s Delzell Residence Hall is a 3-story Gothic-styled dormitory was not previously air-conditioned. After a complete renovation, the facility now features refurbished rooms with new sinks, cabinetry, paint, carpet, new windows, and sound reduction between rooms. New building amenities include a community kitchen, improved HVAC (including air conditioning), and community rooms.

Major renovation features include a new electrical system to accommodate information technology requirements, a new mechanical system, and enhanced security features. The project was completed in time for students to move in for the Fall 2017 semester.


  • A four-pipe chilled water/hot water distribution system is utilized. Fan coil units provide individual space temperature control. A water-to-water heat pump unit provides chilled and heated water. This unit is connected to a geothermal loopfield, providing heat source/heat rejection.
  • A vertical geothermal system is utilized as the heat source/sink for the heating and cooling hydronic piping systems.
  • The existing water heating system was removed and replaced with two new domestic water heaters with storage capacity. Each water heater is sized at approximately 75-80% of capacity, so there will be redundancy in the system.
  • The building is equipped with a wet-pipe fire sprinkler system, which was extended as necessary to serve the renovated areas.
  • Provided all cabling infrastructure and build-out of dedicated spaces for the communications equipment, cabling, and associated infrastructure.
  • Controlled access was provided at all exterior doors.
  • Conference room, classrooms, and training rooms include sound reinforcement and video display systems.

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