About this Project
Initiated by the development of a long-term energy and sustainability masterplan, the campus will undergo the first phase of a major utilities infrastructure project this summer. The end result of the multi-phased project will establish a campus-wide chilled water network, new communications pathways, and additions and safeguards to the existing electrical utility system. Major highlights include:
- reconfiguration of the campus electrical distribution system to feed the west campus from the existing north campus electrical substation,
- extension of chilled water piping to the Thayer/Computer Science building and Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, as well as planned future buildings on the west campus, and
- provision of additional communication paths for Information Technology (IT) infrastructure.
Phase 1 will begin in August, 2018 at the McLaughlin Cluster, where electrical wiring will be fed through the existing underground utility tunnel system to electrical manholes east of Kemeny/Haldeman, as well as at the west end of campus adjacent to Channing Cox Hall, where new underground utility pathways will be created. The underground electrical system will then be extended along an open trench between Baker-Berry Library and Haldeman Center, following along Main Street between Webster Avenue and Tuck Mall Drive, to a new electrical duct bank built in front of the Fahey/McLane residence hall. From there, it will provide power to the existing west campus electrical infrastructure.
Large portions of work will be invisible to the community, as opportunities to route utilities through the existing underground tunnel system will be taken advantage of. However, the second phase, which is currently scheduled for the summer of 2019, will feature large portions of work in exposed, open trenches.