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Good afternoon,

Oberlin College is in the final stretch of the first phase of activity on the way to a carbon neutral campus. This work will continue as students return to campus in the next week. The project team is completing campus building conversions. South Campus pipe installation and restoration continues. Central plant work is nearing substantial completion.

Excavation and pipe installation between Harvey Kade Price and Lord Saunders continues (south of South Hall). That phase of work will be completed in early October.

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 27th     
Road Closures
  • All road restrictions should be lifted, although some periodic construction traffic may limit traffic flow. Flaggers will guide traffic when this occurs.
Signage and Fencing
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle wayfinding signage installation and modification will continue to support the work as it progresses.
Staging
  • Some random project materials will arrive on campus (pipe, materials, etc.), but this activity will be quickly diminishing, and these materials will be installed pretty quickly. Unused materials will be getting removed from campus.
Abatement
  • Some minimal abatement work will occur on South Campus as needed.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Work will continue in First United Methodist Church, Lewis Center, Allencroft, Harkness Hall, Julia Severance Art Studio, and Fairchild House. Some mechanical room close-out work will also continue in South Hall, Baldwin, Conservatory Central, Bibbins, Conservatory Library, Robertson, and Lewis House.
  • A temporary boiler will be installed on the west side of Lord-Saunders for the 2021-2022 heating season.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will continue, including the connection to Harvey Kade Price, Harkness, Talcott, and Lord-Saunders. Restoration activities will also continue on South Campus, par along Professor Street.
  • 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 October 4th     
Road Closures
  • All road restrictions should be lifted, although some periodic construction traffic may limit traffic flow. Flaggers will guide traffic when this occurs.
Signage and Fencing
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle wayfinding signage installation and modification will continue to support the work as it progresses.
Staging
  • Some random project materials will arrive on campus (pipe, materials, etc.), but this activity will be quickly diminishing, and these materials will be installed pretty quickly. Unused materials will be getting removed from campus.
Abatement
  • Some minimal abatement work will occur on South Campus as needed.
Building Conversions and Improvements
  • Work will continue in First United Methodist Church, Lewis Center, Allencroft, Harkness Hall, Julia Severance Art Studio, and Fairchild House. Some mechanical room close-out work will also continue in South Hall, Baldwin, Conservatory Central, Bibbins, Conservatory Library, Robertson, and Lewis House.
  • A temporary boiler will be installed on the west side of Lord-Saunders for the 2021-2022 heating season.
  • A second temporary boiler will be installed on the north side of Harvey-Kade-Price, just south of Lewis Center. This trailer should be in place for a few months.
Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion
  • Pipe installation on South Campus will continue, including the connection to Harvey Kade Price, Harkness, Talcott, and Lord-Saunders. Restoration activities will also continue on South Campus, par along Professor Street.
  • 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 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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