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Good afternoon,

Construction activities continue to wind down as Oberlin College progresses toward a carbon neutral campus. Campus building conversions are continuing to get completed. Wilder Bowl restoration will conclude next week, with South Campus pipe installation and restoration continuing, and central plant work nearing substantial completion.

The construction team has installed pipe to Conservatory Bibbins, and restoration of this area has begun. This work has required the temporary closure of parking spaces on College Street, just east of Professor Street, and it should be completed by early next week, with parking spaces restored.

Excavation and pipe installation for the run between Harvey Kade Price and Lord Saunders has started (south of South Hall), and that work will continue into early October.

As always, please be aware that heavy equipment is active and on campus throughout the day. Safety is our highest priority, and we ask for your help to ensure everyone is paying attention and alert while walking through campus. In addition, we want to remind people to allow some extra time to navigate the impacted areas of campus and the community.

To assist with navigating activity, wayfinding maps are updated on the Activity Page by 5:00 PM on Friday.

Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Week of September 20th     
Road Closures
  • Some road restrictions will continue on College Street, and should conclude by the end of the week.
Signage and Fencing
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle wayfinding signage installation and modification will continue to support the work as it progresses.
Staging
  • Some random project materials will arrive on campus (pipe, materials, etc.), but this activity will be quickly diminishing, and these materials will be installed pretty quickly. Unused materials will be getting removed from campus.
Abatement
  • Some minimal abatement work will occur on South Campus as needed.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Building modernization activities will be wrapping up in Baldwin, South Hall, Lord-Saunders, Lewis House, Conservatory Central, Robertson, Conservatory Library. Work will continue in First United Methodist Church, Lewis Center, Allencroft, Harkness Hall, Julia Severance Art Studio, and Fairchild House.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • Hydro-seeding and final restoration should be completed at Wilder Bowl.
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will continue, including restoration at Conservatory Bibbins, the connection to Harvey Kade Price, Harkness, Talcott, and Lord-Saunders. Restoration activities will also continue on South Campus.
  • Work continues in the Central Services Building to prepare for the new carbon-free heating and cooling system. Pipe installation will also continue in the parking lot on the eastern side of the Central Services Building.
Week of September 27th     
Road Closures
  • All road restrictions should be lifted.
Signage and Fencing
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle wayfinding signage installation and modification will continue to support the work as it progresses.
Staging
  • Some random project materials will arrive on campus (pipe, materials, etc.), but this activity will be quickly diminishing, and these materials will be installed pretty quickly. Unused materials will be getting removed from campus.
Abatement
  • Some minimal abatement work will occur on South Campus as needed.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Work will continue in First United Methodist Church, Lewis Center, Allencroft, Harkness Hall, Julia Severance Art Studio, and Fairchild House. A temporary boiler will also be installed on the west side of Lord-Saunders for the 2021-2022 heating season.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will continue, including the connection to Harvey Kade Price, Harkness, Talcott, and Lord-Saunders. Restoration activities will also continue on South Campus.
  • Work continues in the Central Services Building to prepare for the new carbon-free heating and cooling system. Pipe installation will also continue in the parking lot on the eastern side of the Central Services Building.
Parking (View Parking Map)
To accommodate staging and contractor parking for SIP and for Mudd renovation, changes to and alternative accommodations for faculty and staff are expected for the following lots:
  • The Service Building East lot is unavailable until mid-October.
  • Contractors will utilize marked parking spots in the Gray Gables parking lot through the duration of the project. There will be approximately 25 parking spaces available for staff and they will be marked accordingly.
As a reminder, Campus Safety has relaxed parking sticker lot designations for the summer in support of the SIP.
Also, please note all impacted faculty and staff are not limited to the designated alternative accommodations outlined here should another lot on campus better suit their schedule and campus pathway. 

Other Work on Campus

Beyond the Sustainable Infrastructure Program, some other work activities on campus will have an impact on pedestrian and bike traffic. The Center for Engaged Liberal Arts (CELA) project continues in the Mudd building. This project involves a renovation of Mudd A-level into new student counseling, engagement and activity space. It involves a complete rebuild of the former Center for Information Technology spaces and lower courtyard enhancements to all direct access to CELA from the A-level courtyard. This work includes installation of a new concrete ADA ramp for the lower courtyard. Concrete is currently being removed from the plaza, and this concrete work will continue through the end of September. In support of this work, the sidewalk heading in the southwest direction from Mudd Library will be designated for equipment through the end of September, and wayfinding signs will identify pathways for pedestrians and bikers to follow.

For questions regarding the Mudd/CELA project, please contact Brad Burrer at bburrer@oberlin.edu (440-935-0909).
 
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