Akers Energy Center

Akers Energy Center

The Akers Energy Center was built in 1968. It is named in honor of Dale L. Akers, former Physical Plant Director. Dale gave 42 years of loyal service to Fort Hays State University, retiring in November, 1991.  (Building Dedication)

Six full-time employees work at the Akers Energy Center. Their responsibilities include:
 

  • Generating steam for the majority of buildings on campus. Steam is used for building heat, domestic hot water, and cooking.
  • Maintaining two Murray 1200 horsepower (42,000 lb/hr) water-tube boilers and one Superior 350 horsepower (12,075 lb/hr) fire-tube boiler
  • Servicing and maintaining the steam distribution system up to each building serviced on campus, through the utility tunnels
  • Maintaining utility tunnels
  • Maintaining two low-pressure boilers (summer back-up)
  • Testing and maintaining proper water treatment of all cooling towers on campus
  • Maintaining all decorative water fountains on campus
  • Producing most building signage for the university
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