Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University

We helped a leading research university create innovative cooling solutions for a campus-wide HVAC upgrade.

HVAC upgraded equipment installed at Pepperdine University

Value Delivered

We increased the energy efficiency and versatility of Pepperdine’s campus cooling system by integrating individual building systems into a campus-wide loop.

This allowed for the systems at other buildings to contribute to the cooling needs of the system as a whole. This also created a failsafe—in the event that a single system goes down or has a significant heat load, other buildings can contribute to cooling needs.

All work was closely coordinated with Pepperdine to help ensure the aesthetics of the campus were preserved and no active experiments or student activity was disrupted.

Client Objectives

Pepperdine wanted to increase the energy efficiency and versatility of their campus-wide cooling systems. Additionally, they required mechanical and plumbing systems for a new packaged central plant on campus.


For this project, we:

  • Installed a new, energy-efficient individual packaged central plant 
  • Provided building information modeling services 
  • Installed full mechanical and plumbing systems, including:
    • Air handling units
    • Chillers
    • Pumps
    • Drain-waste-vent piping
    • Chilled water piping
    • Ductwork  
    • Systems controls

Client Background

Pepperdine University is a private research university whose main campus is located near Malibu, California.