Peru State University 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, the 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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