In 2003, Phase I of a Department of General Services project began. This project called for a new 30,000pph Nebraska boiler paired with a Faber burner to supplement the existing coal boilers. At this point of the project however, funding fell short and the planned installation of new water softeners and upgrades to the chemical treatment system were pushed back to Phase 2 of the DGS project and eventually never occurred.
Making matters worse, it was discovered soon after commissioning the new Nebraska boiler that major repairs were required on all three of the original coal boilers. Following this discovery, the decision was made not to repair them and instead solely rely on the Nebraska boiler for the facility’s power. Without the necessary upgrades that would have provided soft water and proper chemical treatment to the boiler, in addition to there being no substantial annual maintenance, it wasn’t long before tube repairs were necessary. The facility was in desperate need of a backup.