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Good afternoon,

Oberlin College’s drive toward a carbon neutral campus is progressing as we continue the final stage of this summer’s construction. Campus building conversions are continuing to get completed. Wilder Bowl restoration should be wrapping up toward the end of next week. South Campus pipe installation and restoration will continue. And central plant work is nearing substantial completion.

The construction team is installing pipe to Bibbins Hall, along the south side of College Street (east of Professor). This work requires the temporary closure of parking spaces on College Street, just east of Professor Street. This work should be completed by the end of the week, with parking spaces restored at that time. There is additional info and images depicting this closure on the website.

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.

Week of September 13th     
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.
Site Prep and Staging
  • Project materials will continue arriving on campus (pipe, materials, etc.) and will be installed in their final location or stored in the designated staging areas.
Abatement
  • Some abatement work is planned in several of the South campus buildings.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Building modernization activities will be concluding in Conservatory Warner Central, Robertson, and Conservatory Library. Work will also be progressing in Bibbins, Baldwin, First United Methodist Church, Lewis House, Lewis Center, Lord-Saunders, Allencroft, Harkness Hall, Julia Severance Art Studio, and Fairchild House.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will continue, including connection to Bibbins Hall, which involves the closure of the sidewalk on the north side of Bibbins Hall. Pipe installation will also continue for the connection to Baldwin and Harvey Kade Price, Harkness and Talcott, and the north-south pipe run along South Professor Street. Restoration activities should be wrapping up in the Wilder Bowl and will 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 20th     
Road Closures
  • Road restrictions should be minimal.
Signage and Fencing
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle wayfinding signage installation and modification will continue to support the work as it progresses.
Site Prep and Staging
  • Project materials will continue arriving on campus (pipe, materials, etc.) and will be installed in their final location or stored in the designated staging areas.
Abatement
  • Some abatement work is planned in several of the South campus buildings.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Building modernization activities will be progressing in Bibbins, Baldwin, First United Methodist Church, Lewis House, Lewis Center, Lord-Saunders, Allencroft, Harkness Hall, Julia Severance Art Studio, and Fairchild House.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will continue, including restoration at Bibbins Hall, the connection to Harvey Kade Price, Harkness and Talcott, Lord-Saunders, and the branch to South Hall. 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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