About this Project
The Big Shift (aka Hutchison-Quad Hot Water Conversion) is a large-scale infrastructure construction project that literally lays the groundwork for ultimately moving our university closer to becoming carbon neutral by 2025 by reducing our campus's reliance on fossil fuels. To do this, UC Davis is converting its building heating system from one that utilizes steam heat generated by natural gas to a heating system that uses hot water generated by electricity – a renewable resource.
This project starts with the buildings and infrastructure located in the campus's Quad District. Here, contractors are replacing our current heat exchangers with newer models and laying the underground piping needed to operate the new system.