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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau Schofield Hall 201 Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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UW-Eau Claire to Start
Construction Project Monday
MAILED: Sept. 20, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will begin work Monday, Sept. 24, to replace a steam condensate return line serving Hibbard Humanities Hall. The university expects to complete the project by Nov. 1.
         Leaks in the condensate return line were discovered last winter, said Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services. At that time, an emergency repair request was made to the State Building Commission, which allocated $128,000 in state funds for the project in late February. Bids were opened in mid-June, and a signed contract and Notice to Proceed were received in early September.
         The project will involve trenching on the north side of Garfield Avenue from near the footbridge to Hibbard Hall to expose the buried pipe duct to allow replacement of deteriorated piping, Soll said. The repair must be done before winter to assure uninterrupted operation of building heating equipment in Hibbard and to avoid possible environmental concerns associated with the discharge of water from the leak into the Chippewa River, he said.
         UW-Eau Claire has worked with the contractor to minimize the impact of the project on the daily operation of the campus. Soil excavated from the trench will be stored off-site to avoid large piles of dirt in front of the Ecumenical Religious Center, Soll said, adding that no trees will be removed as part of the project. The contractors will assure access to the ERC parking lot and building, and no work will be done at times when it might interfere with ERC activities. The project includes restoration of the ERC driveway and sidewalk.
         Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to use the sidewalk on the south side of Garfield Avenue for their safety and convenience.

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Updated: Sept. 20, 2001