Activity Updates - Sustainable Infrastructure Program

Construction is progressing well on the Oberlin campus as we make progress toward the College’s carbon neutrality goals. The Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP) will eliminate the majority of campus greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, reduce campus water consumption, improve building comfort, and reduce operating costs.

Street closures continue, with the Woodland street closure north of the Lorain Street intersection likely extending through next week due to some unforeseen underground conflicts. Weather permitting, the street will be reopened at the end of next week. Union Street will be closed for a short period of time starting July 5th.

This year’s underground work includes hot water and chilled water pipes getting installed from the Services Building and heading to the north up to Union Street Housing, in the general vicinity of Woodland Street. The contractor is installing geothermal water pipes from the central Services Building to the north practice fields with the routing being on the east side of Mercy Hospital, and then running along the western edge of the soccer field and track up to the north fields.

Maps

Wayfinding June 27 – July 3, 2022
Road Closure Map June 7 – July 8, 2022
Contractor Parking Plan June 6 – August 15, 2022

Road Closure Schedule – Weather Permitting

  • Now – July 1, 2022, Woodland Street directly west of the Science Center
  • July 5 – 8, 2022, Union Street to the west of Professor, between Langston Hall and Union Street Housing

Week of June 27, 2022

Road Closures and Traffic Disruptions

  • Woodland Street will be closed, directly west of the Science Center.

Signage and Fencing

  • Work zones will continue to be fenced off. Check the wayfinding maps to identify specific pedestrian detours.

Site Prep and Staging

  • The construction team is utilizing work and laydown areas in the following staging areas, which are protected by fencing:
    • At the southeast intersection of Woodland Street and Union Street.
    • At the Central Services Building parking lot on the east side of the building.
    • On the west and north sides of Burton Hall.
    • On the west side of Barrows House.
    • In the northern portion of the Cox-Finney parking lot.
    • South of Hales Gym.
    • In the Wilder Bowl.
    • Off the northeast corner of Rice-King.
    • In the Rice-King parking lot.
    • South of Dascomb.
    • In the Talcott parking lot.
    • In the Lord-Saunders parking lot.

Abatement

  • No significant abatement activities are planned.

Building Conversions and Improvements

  • Renovation work will continue in Cox Administration. Campus leadership has been relocated to Carnegie and Daub House.
  • Building conversion work will continue in North-Langston, Union Street Housing, Barrow Hall, Finney Chapel, Warner Center, Dascomb, Talcott Hall, and Lord-Saunders.

Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion

  • Prefabrication of pipes will continue in several of our work areas.
  • Valve installation will progress east of the Service Building.
  • Pipe installation and backfilling will progress on the western side of the Science Center, and on Woodland Street.
  • Backfilling will progress at the northwest corner of Lorain Street and Woodland Street.
  • Excavation, pipe installation, and backfilling for service laterals into Burton, Barrows, North-Langston, Zechial, Dascomb, Rice-King, and Union Street Housing will continue.
  • Site restoration, hardscaping, and landscaping will progress throughout the campus.
  • Water line repairs will occur in the Hales parking lot.

Parking

  • There will be some parking restrictions on Woodland Street. Parking signage should be closely followed on Woodland Street and Union Street.
  • The Finney, Talcott, Dascomb, Rice-King, and Lord-Saunders parking lots will be closed.
  • Contractor parking will be on the eastern portion of the Willard Court Lot, the Hollywood Lot (full parking lot), Gray Gables (as designated for contractor parking), and in the Phillips Gym Lot.

Week of July 4, 2022

Road Closures and Traffic Disruptions

  • Union Street will be closed, just north of North-Langston.

Signage and Fencing

  • Work zones will continue to be fenced off. Check the wayfinding maps to identify specific pedestrian detours.

Site Prep and Staging

  • The construction team is utilizing work and laydown areas in the following staging areas, which are protected by fencing:
    • At the southeast intersection of Woodland Street and Union Street.
    • At the Central Services Building parking lot on the east side of the building.
    • On the west and north sides of Burton Hall.
    • On the west side of Barrows House.
    • In the northern portion of the Cox-Finney parking lot.
    • South of Hales Gym.
    • In the Wilder Bowl.
    • Off the northeast corner of Rice-King.
    • In the Rice-King parking lot.
    • South of Dascomb.
    • In the Talcott parking lot.
    • In the Lord-Saunders parking lot.

Abatement

  • No significant abatement activities are planned.

Building Conversions and Improvements

  • Renovation work will continue in Cox Administration. Campus leadership has been relocated to Carnegie and Daub House.
  • Building conversion work will continue in North-Langston, Union Street Housing, Barrow Hall, Finney Chapel, Warner Center, Dascomb, Talcott Hall, and Lord-Saunders.

Distribution Pipe Installation and Plant Conversion

  • Prefabrication of pipes will continue in several of our work areas.
  • Excavation and pipe installation will occur on the north side of the Service Building, south of Lorain Street.
  • Valve installation will progress along Woodland Street, as well as east of the Service Building.
  • Pipe installation and backfilling will continue on the western side of the Science Center, east of Woodland Street.
  • Pipe installation will continue into the Science Center.
  • Excavation, pipe installation, and backfilling for service laterals into Barrows, North-Langston, Zechial, Union Street Housing, and Rice-King will continue.
  • Excavation and valve installation will occur in the Wilder Bowl.
  • Site restoration, hardscaping, and landscaping will progress throughout the campus.

Parking

  • There will be some parking restrictions on Woodland Street. Parking signage should be closely followed on Woodland Street and Union Street.
  • The Finney, Talcott, Dascomb, Rice-King, and Lord-Saunders parking lots will be closed.
  • Contractor parking will be on the eastern portion of the Willard Court Lot, the Hollywood Lot (full parking lot), Gray Gables (as designated for contractor parking), and in the Phillips Gym Lot.
  • The Hollywood & Hales parking lots will be repaved sometime soon.

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.

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. The new concrete work will be completed this spring. In support of this work, the sidewalk heading in the southwest direction from Mudd Library will be designated for equipment, and wayfinding signs will identify pathways for pedestrians and bikers to follow.

For questions regarding the Mudd/CELA project, please contact Brad Burrer at ude.n1656609861ilreb1656609861o@rer1656609861rubb1656609861 (440-935-0909).

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