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.
Moving UC Davis toward a carbon-neutral future is kind of a big deal. And the construction project that is literally laying the groundwork to help the campus get there is big, too. In fact, we call it the Big Shift — a multiyear project on the Davis campus to shift to a new source of energy to heat most campus buildings.
Contractors will begin trenching and preparing for the installation of a new heat exchanger as part of UC Davis's Big Shift -- a project that literally lays the groundwork for the campus's carbon-neutral future.