Jim Adams



As head of Utilities Jim oversees the production and distribution of steam, electricity and potable water to all campus buildings. This includes directing the activities of the Central Power Plant which supplies steam, electricity, domestic hot water and compressed air to central campus and steam, domestic hot water and compressed air to the medical campus. Jim’s area of responsibility includes the North Campus Research Complex central energy facility which supplies steam and chilled water to that complex. Jim also directs the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure that delivers utilities to campus buildings including steam , electricity, domestic hot water, compressed air, potable water and sanitary and storm sewer collection. Utilities also directs the procurement of natural gas and electricity for the entire campus. Jim’s area of responsibility also includes the maintenance of all campus outlying boilers.

Prior to joining the university in 2014, Jim was at Cornell University for 25 years holding the positions of Plant Engineer, Plant Manager and Director of Utilities and Energy Management. Prior to Cornell Jim worked in the electric generation industry for New York State Electric and Gas Corporation with a focus on power plant renewal.

Jim is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and holds a BSME from Syracuse University and a BS in Forest Engineering from the New Your State College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Jim is also a Certified Energy Manager and currently serves as secretary/treasurer on the board of the International District Energy Association.

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1110 East Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI   48109-1631

Telephone Number
(734) 764-2492

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