West Circle Steam Loop
Project phase: Archived
The north campus arch-style steam tunnels are 87 to 102 years old and have significantly deteriorated. The structural anchors, pipe supports and steam equipment within these tunnels also require replacement or repair for safe and reliable operation of the steam distribution system.
The 2012 project is the first segment of a four-segment program that will span the summers of 2012 to 2015 to replace the deteriorating north campus arch steam tunnels. It will include installation of a new steam distribution loop around West Circle (from Landon Hall moving clockwise to a point east of Human Ecology). Repair and replacement of steam piping, supports and equipment within some existing steam tunnels will also be included. This will increase the reliability of the steam system and provide a mechanism to remove arch steam tunnel segments with minimum impact to campus building operations. During this construction, all of the buildings in the zone of influence will be converted to high-pressure steam and pressure-condensate return lines, improving energy efficiency. The deteriorated cast-iron water main will be replaced to increase fire-flow capacity and reliability. Additional communication and electrical duct will be installed according to master plans. West Circle Drive will be replaced with two traffic lanes and one bike lane, providing appropriate vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements.
East Circle Drive from the east side of Berkey Hall to West Circle Drive will be replaced with two traffic lanes and two bike lanes (connecting to the existíng profile in front of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum), providing appropriate vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements. The intersection of Beal Street and West Circle will be reconfigured to provide a safer environment and ten on-street parking spaces will be removed north of Adams Field to alleviate pedestrian/vehicular visibility issues in this area.
The project is located on north campus, along West Circle Drive, between Beal Street and East Circle Drive (Eustace-Cole Hall) in the north academic district
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