The new Gateway Center Building at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, New York, is a state-of-the-art, LEED certified building. In addition to serving as a hub for campus activities, the building helps fulfill ESF’s Climate Action Plan goals by providing 65% of campus heating and 22% of campus electricity demand with renewable fuel and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology. RSG was retained by Architerra, Inc. to conduct air quality permitting for the CHP plant, which includes a wood pellet-fired boiler, two natural gas-fired boilers, and natural gas-fired microturbines.
RSG performed air quality modeling of emissions from the plant using the EPA-approved AERMOD dispersion model. Modeling results helped the design team develop design parameters such as stack height/location, the type of emission control technology, and the level of emission control to ensure the project’s compliance with ambient air quality standards.
RSG prepared an air permit application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) for the CHP plant and all other campus emission sources. The application was approved and a minor source registration permit was issued to SUNY ESF.