South Bend, IN

University of Notre Dame – Facility Automation

To help this university manage a diverse array of environmental control requirements, we put all their building control systems on an easy-to-use intranet infrastructure.

Several tall buildings on the campus of Notre Dame

Value Delivered

Havel implemented leading-edge facility automation system (FAS) upgrades for the University of Notre Dame (UND) that helped improve building management flexibility, control, and efficiency—and their ability to respond to the diverse environmental requirements throughout many facilities.

As each phase of the project was completed, UND gained increasingly greater ability to monitor and adjust temperature sensors, occupancy schedules, equipment run times, and energy consumption from any of the university’s intranet-connected PCs, even those in off-campus locations.

Clear, easy-to-use graphics enabled UND to take maximum advantage of the system’s expanded flexibility and control features which helped to ensure a consistently optimum learning environment for students, faculty, and administrators.

Client Objectives

UND wanted to upgrade its FAS and connect it directly to their intranet communication infrastructure.


An early adopter of facility automation and direct digital control technologies, UND had Havel install an energy management system for 22 campus buildings with one central workstation in 1978. 

Since that first project, Havel has continued providing design, installation, renovation, and maintenance services to UND, expanding the initial energy management system network to 76 facilities, and adding approximately three buildings each year.

As this upgrade project began, Havel worked with UND to evaluate emerging wide-area networking technologies and design an upgrade transition plan. We then self performed each phase of the implementation. 

The complexity of this task was increased by the campus’s diverse range of facilities. In addition to classrooms and administrative offices, these facilities include medical, scientific, and computer research laboratories; a full-scale museum and art gallery; libraries; a variety of sports facilities; retail stores; a hotel; and 27 residence halls. 

To manage the diverse array of environmental control requirements throughout these varying facilities, we upgraded the client’s existing control system to support network communications. We also provided a user interface via standard web browser software, putting all UND building control systems directly on their intranet network infrastructure.

Client Background   

The University of Notre is a private Catholic research university founded in 1842 and recognized as one of the top universities in the U.S.