Digging trenches with heavy machinery can have a major impact on campus landscapes and trees if not managed carefully. Big Shift construction crews are taking tree protection and conservation measures to limit this impact.
As the Big Shift project snakes its way around campus you may notice construction crews emptying large bags of white powder into the hot-water-pipe trenches. What is it and how is it helping save energy and reduce our carbon emissions?
Approximately four crews will be working during this timeframe. Crews 1 and 2 are installing pipe on North Quad while Crew 3 does the same on East Quad. Crew 4 is working near the Enology Lab Building on the construction of a heat exchanger building as well as nearby trenching.
As Big Shift construction crews routinely dig eight-foot deep, four-foot wide trenches, there are a few important factors to consider including the existing pipe infrastructure, the health of nearby trees and the protection of cultural resources.