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Good morning,

The Oberlin College Sustainable Infrastructure Program continues progress toward a carbon-neutral campus. The distribution construction team has crossed College Street, and is continuing eastward along the south side of College Street. College Street restoration and reopening has been delayed until mid-next week as our construction team relocates a City sewer line. 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 and installing much of the piping systems that will be placed in the ground.

Once College Street is reopened, Elm Street will be closed to enable pipe installation to buildings south of Elm Street. This closure, which is just west of the South Professor Street intersection, will take between five to seven days.
In 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, and will not occur until Elm Street is reopened. 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 have been filled 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. The Rice-King parking lot will also be reopened for use at the end of next week.

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 will continue into 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, wayfinding maps are updated on the Activity Page by 5:00 PM on Friday.

Week of August 16th   
Road Closures

  • West College Street will be reopened after all utility work is completed.
  • Elm Street will be closed once College Street is reopened.
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 South Hall, the Conservatory-Robertson, connection to Baldwin, the east-west run on the south side of College Street, 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.
Week of August 23rd   
Road Closures
  • Elm Street will be reopened.
  • After Elm Street is reopened, 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
  • Pipe installation to the north side of Bibbins, south of College Street.
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will progress, including the north-south pipe run along South Professor Street to Harvey-Kade-Price, as well as the run to Lord-Saunders.
  • 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.
  • The Rice-King parking lot should be restored for use at the end of next week.

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, the permanent bike racks have been reinstalled at Mudd Library.

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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