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Good afternoon,
 
Week by week we continue to get closer to a carbon neutral campus as the Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP) work continues in the Wilder Bowl, in South Campus buildings, and at the central heating plant. This is an exciting week as pipe installation progresses and restoration proceeds in Wilder Bowl. Trenches that have completed pipe installation are being filled in and will be restored to previous condition. Sidewalks and other hard surface features are getting restored as trenches are filled, with final seeding and tree plantings occurring in the fall when conditions are better for growth. New areas of trench are being excavated for the next segment of pipe installation.
 
The Finney-Cox parking lot has been restored to full use, and access to Finney Chapel and Cox Administration has been opened. Additional trenching has occurred near the southwest corner of Wilder Hall, so please be mindful of the detours in that area.
 
Once more, part of installing modern piping is insulating the pipe to reduce maintenance, as well as making the system more efficient. The SIP crews are pouring the insulation, which may create some dust near the excavation areas. The material is non-toxic and environmentally-safe. The team is also working diligently to control the dust. If there are any issues related to this, you can reach out to me directly or email carbon.neutral@oberlin.edu.
 
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, particularly those buildings in and around Wilder Bowl.
 
We have a SIP activity webpage where you can find a comprehensive program overview, weekly activity updates, and parking and wayfinding maps.
 
 Week of July 4th 
 
No work will occur on campus on July 4th or July 5th.
 
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 minor abatement work is planned in several of the South campus buildings.
 Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Building modernization activities are continuing in South Hall, Baldwin, Harvey Kade Price, Conservatory Warner Central, Robertson, and Conservatory Library.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • We will continue to install pipe in the Wilder Bowl and restore the area to its previous condition.
  • Work continues in the Central Services Building to prepare for the new carbon-free heating and cooling system.
Week of July 11th 
 
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 minor abatement work is planned in several of the South campus buildings.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Building modernization activities are continuing in South Hall, Baldwin, Harvey Kade Price, Conservatory Warner Central, Robertson, Bibbins, and Conservatory Library.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • We will continue to install pipe in the Wilder Bowl and restore the Bowl to its previous condition. We expect to be substantially complete with restoration in Wilder Bowl by the end of this week, or shortly thereafter.
  • Work continues in the Central Services Building to prepare for the new carbon-free heating and cooling system.
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 October 1.
  • Contractors will utilize marked parking spots in the Gray Gables parking lot May 17 through the duration of the project. There will be approximately 25 parking spaces available for staff and they will be marked accordingly.
  • The Rice/King lot will be closed between May 24-July 15. The designated handicapped parking spots will be temporarily relocated to the Finney/Cox lot and displaced faculty and staff can find alternative parking spots in the Mudd parking lot. A path from the Mudd lot to Rice and King will be maintained during this work.
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. 
 
Lastly, temporary bike racks have been installed at the eastern entrance of Mudd Library to replace the bike racks that have been temporarily removed from the north east corner of the building.
 
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 CELA project, also known as Mudd Engaged Liberal Arts, continues. This project involves a renovation of Mudd center basement into new office space and concrete repair in the lower courtyard on the eastern exterior of the building, including the installation of an ADA ramp for the lower courtyard. Concrete is currently being removed from the plaza, and this concrete work will continue through the end of July. In support of this work, the sidewalk heading in the southwest direction from Mudd Library will be designated for equipment through the end of July, 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.
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