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Campus Construction Update

As many of you are aware, high temperature hot water (HTHW) failures have been occurring at an elevated rate. The predominance of these failures has been a result of the age of the underground piping systems. The insulation around these pipes is deteriorating. This deterioration is resulting in both failures and energy loss. The failures have also affected other utilities causing their failure as well most specifically high voltage. Facilities and Services, working with the State University Construction Fund (SUCF), has initiated a program to replace most of our direct buried HTHW lines. Phase I, on the northern part of campus, has already been completed. Phase II is currently under construction with an anticipated completion date of early next year. The third phase is about to begin construction.

This construction will require that areas around campus be excavated and the new pipe laid. During this process some loss of trees is inevitable. We have worked closely with the contractor to limit the number of trees affected by this new phase. There will be two major areas of excavation: East Campus from the Heating and Cooling Plant to Chapin apartments and along Circle Road between Roth Quad and Campus Drive. This work is expected to begin this week. As part of the contract, after the work is completed, the contractor will replace the same number and type of trees removed.

We will also begin replacing the cooling tower on East campus. The existing cooling tower is original construction and in very poor condition. In order to maintain the cooling systems to the Health Sciences Center complex we will be building a new tower just south of the East Campus Heating and Cooling plant. This project also requires the removal of some trees. As with the HTHW project, we will limit the number of trees affected.

We thank you all for your understanding.

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Other news

Date Title
04/20/10 Environmental Stewardship and Climate Action Plan Update Presentation (in Adobe PDF format)
02/01/10 University GreenBill Program
07/03/09 Campus Construction Update
10/06/08 Campus Dining Services Goes Green
10/03/08 Farmer's Market
08/18/08 Stony Brook University is Recycling Used Ceiling Tiles!
05/19/08 Earthstock 2008
09/14/07 Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny Signs Climate Commitment
06/18/07 Water Conservation Pilot Program Implemented
04/27/07 Environmental Stewardship Helps Celebrate Earthstock
02/21/07 Stony Brook Installs Solar Powered Lighting at SAC Bus Shelter
12/04/06 SB Takes Measures to Become an Energy Efficient Campus
11/01/06 Energy Conservation Measures at the Administration Garage
08/15/06 SB Called Upon To Participate In Statewide Electric Emergency Plan

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