Higher Education

Project Summary

Tri-M provided electrical and high voltage infrastructure, building automation systems, security, data and telecommunications, as well as audio/visual solutions. Every wire, cable and light in the Caesar Rodney Residence & Dining Hall was installed by our Tri-M team. This state-of-the-art facility features a 100,000 sq/ft Residence Hall housing over 300 freshmen.

The adjacent 50,000 sq/ft Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company Dining Hall is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. With seating for 1,180 people and 13 vastly different kitchens/serving stations, this marketplace-style facility serves 6,000 meals a day.

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Start: November 2013
Completion: August 2015

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150,000 Sq/Ft

100,000 sq/ft - Residence Halls
50,000 sq/ft - Dining Hall

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Construction Manager


“Tri-M helped deliver a top-tier wireless network for this important facility, allowing us to provide services for student and client use. All work was well staged, implemented, tested and turned over at a high level of quality.”
Richard Quickle
Manager - UD Network & System Services

Project Details


Scope of Work:

  • Electrical Contstruction
  • High Voltage Infrastructure
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Energy Metering
  • Data/Telecom/CATV
  • Audio/Visual Solutions
  • Security Access / Surveillance
  • Emergency Phones


Equipment Installed:

  • 2,500 LED Lighting Fixtures
  • 700 Electrical Kitchen Connections
  • 6,000 Electrical Outlets
  • 55,000 ft of Wire/Cabling
  • 9 Air Handling Units - 37 VAVs
  • 209 Fan Coil Units
  • 10 Exhaust Fans
  • Chilled & Hot Water Systems
  • Snow Melt System
  • 23 Grease Exhaust Monitors
  • Inter/Intra-Building Data Network
  • Video Surveillance - Entry Access

Equipment Controlled:

  • HVAC
  • Chilled Water System
  • Hot Water System
  • Snow Melt System
  • Kitchen Grease Exhaust
  • Lighting Systems
  • Emergency Generator

Third-Party Integrations:

  • Utility Monitoring
  • Halton/Marvel Kitchen Hood Control System
  • Customized Control Panels for Primary & Secondary Water Systems
  • Irrigation Management


Tri-M installed all site, residence and dining hall lighting; consisting of 2,500 LED fixtures, comprising over 90 different types and styles of lighting, many of which required custom installation methods.

The Building Automation System was designed, installed, programmed and started up by Tri-M. Customized Control Panels for major systems were built in Tri-M’s panel shop.

Installed the Halton/Marvel kitchen cooking hood control system, which is a unique demand-based exhaust system that contributes to energy efficiency and savings.

Electrical Construction and High Voltage systems included an underground 15kva feeder to a new custom fabricated outdoor switch and a 2000kva pad mount transformer. Electrical power consisted of a 3000 amp service, with a 350Kw emergency generator.