Here we go again, Homewood: more Jersey walls, more fencing, another construction site.
This time they'll be digging up the roads outside Levering Hall, first to the east of the building (between Levering and Barton) and then to the south (between Levering and Garland).
The reason for this three-month project: the need to extend the university's existing chilled water, natural gas and steam lines to Clark Hall, the building going up southwest of Garland Hall for the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute.
Getting utilities into Clark involves digging a 14-foot-wide trench and installing pipe and three underground vaults for control valves. The trench will start from the plaza in front of Levering Hall. From there, it will move south in the existing roadbed toward Garland Hall, turn west along the north side of Garland and then turn south again, along what used to be Bowman Drive, onto the Clark Hall construction site.
Only one of those three southerly or westerly segments will be dug up at any one time, allowing the university to provide manageable detours for anyone who wants to walk from, say, the north door of Garland to the doughnut rack in Levering Market.
The trench work won't begin until late this month, following construction of the vaults. That starts this week with installation of Jersey barriers and fences to mark off the area--east of Levering--where the first vault goes. Workers will also block off the areas where construction material and excavated dirt will be stored. By the end of the week, the first pedestrian detours may be in place. Digging should start the week of Nov. 13.
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In the long run, the pipe laid during this project will also serve Hodson Hall, the classroom facility to be built on what is now the site of Merryman Hall. Anyone with questions about the project can contact Travers Nelson in Facilities Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-516-7862.