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Good morning,

The Oberlin College Sustainable Infrastructure Program is progressing as we march toward a carbon-neutral campus. The distribution construction team is in the process of crossing College Street, and after that work is complete they will be continuing eastward along the south side of College Street. This street crossing at College Street is expected to be complete next week. The distribution construction team is also excavating through the campus areas south of College Street in preparation for piping to buildings in the South Campus, and they are prefabricating much of the piping systems that will be placed in the ground.

In mid to late-August, South Professor Street will be closed between West College Street and Elm Street, enabling the installation of hot water and chilled water pipes to serve the Conservatory Central, Robertson, First United Methodist Church, and Conservatory Bibbins. This closure is also expected to last approximately seven days. Traffic and pedestrian detour signage will be posted in the area to help with wayfinding.

Hardscape and landscape restoration are continuing in the 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 when temperatures begin to cool, expected to occur in late August and September.

While construction continues on South Campus, we are also progressing our design and planning for next year’s work. Our construction team is finishing up field investigation of underground utilities on North Campus. This investigation, otherwise known as “potholing” involves isolated digging of small holes to locate exact depth and location of other underground utilities. Once utilities are identified and recorded, the holes are filled and ground is restored. This work is expected to be completed next week.

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 and near the intersection of College and Professor Streets.

To assist with navigating activity, a wayfinding map can be found on the SIP activity page. This map is updated weekly on Fridays by 5:00 PM.

Week of August 9th   

Road Closures

  • West College Street will be reopened after all utility work is completed.

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 are continuing in South Hall, Baldwin, Harvey Kade Price, Conservatory Warner Central, Robertson, Bibbins, and Conservatory Library. Work will also continue in 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 will be concluding in the Rice-King parking lot, and the Wilder Bowl restoration will continue.
  • Pipe will be installed across West College Street. Pipe installation will continue westward toward Conservatory Bibbins, as well as south along South Professor Street.
  • Work continues in the Central Services Building to prepare for the new carbon-free heating and cooling system.

Week of August 16th  

Road Closures

  • South Professor Street will be closed to install pipe to the Conservatory in two locations, north of Bibbins and at Robertson. 

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 are continuing in South Hall, Baldwin, Harvey Kade Price, Conservatory Warner Central, Robertson, Bibbins, and Conservatory Library. Work will also continue in 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

  • The Rice-King parking lot will be restored to its previous use, and the remainder of Wilder Bowl will be restored.
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will progress, including connection to the Conservatory at two locations, connection to Baldwin, and the north-south pipe run along South Professor Street.
  • 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 through the duration of the project. There will be approximately 25 parking spaces available for staff and they will be marked accordingly.
  • To minimize construction traffic and support efficient construction activities, the Rice/King lot closure will be extended until mid-August. 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 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 August. In support of this work, the sidewalk heading in the southwest direction from Mudd Library will be designated for equipment through the end of August, 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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