Over the next month, the first phase of the Sustainable Infrastructure Program will wrap up for this year. This is a four-year program and wrapping up our first year of construction is a major step toward achieving a carbon-neutral campus.
Over the course of this year’s work, nearly 13 buildings will have been upgraded. Buildings that are fully converted to the new system are expected to be 30 percent more efficient. Additionally, these buildings will have local controls for greater occupancy comfort, expanded fiber networks, expanded fire protection capabilities, and upgraded mechanical and electrical systems. We have also installed nearly 25,000 linear feet of new heating and cooling pipe, in preparation to shift the campus to geothermal heating and cooling. As we move through the next three years of this Program, these improvements will extend throughout campus.
As for the remaining 2021 work, the project team is completing campus building conversions, restoring campus hardscapes and landscaping, flushing and testing the new hot water and chilled water piping systems, and preparing the hot water system for the upcoming heating season.
Areas of outdoor work will be restored as this work concludes, but we will continue to update wayfinding maps as conditions shift. Updates maps can be found on the Activity Page.
Over the next six to eight weeks, the following activities will be occurring as the Program team finishes up this year’s work:
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- Remaining trenches will be backfilled, and the disrupted areas reseeded for grass or other plantings
- Sidewalks will be restored and available for pedestrian traffic
- Street paving will be completed on Professor Street and Elm Street
- Tree planting
- Building mechanical and electrical systems will be fine-tuned as outdoor air temperatures change
- Mobile boilers will remain on the west side of Lord Saunders and north side of Harvey Kade Price to support our transition from steam to hot water. The Lord Saunders boiler will remain for the winter. The Harvey Kade Price boiler should be removed in November.
- Pipe, materials, and equipment will be removed from the campus
- Work will continue in the central services building to prepare for next year’s campus heating and cooling needs
- The east parking lot at the central services building will be restored and repaved
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:
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.
- The Service Building East lot is unavailable until late-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.
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 October. In support of this work, the sidewalk heading in the southwest direction from Mudd Library will be designated for equipment through the end of October, and wayfinding signs will identify pathways for pedestrians and bikers to follow.
For questions regarding the Mudd/CELA project, please contact Brad Burrer at firstname.lastname@example.org (440-935-0909).