News Articles

September 18, 2020 Update

September 18, 2020
Big Shift construction crew are hard at work, continuing construction at Young Hall, East Quad and portions of North Quad.

Down to the Roots: Tree Protection During Construction

September 18, 2020
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.

August 28, 2020 Update

August 28, 2020
As crews finalize work on North Quad and continue work on East Quad, Big Shift construction will be expanding off of East Quad and into the Young Hall Courtyard.

Is it snowing on campus?

August 26, 2020
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?

August 6, 2020 Update

August 07, 2020
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.

July 17, 2020 Update

July 17, 2020
North Quad and East Quad near Memorial Union continue to see closures as crews install pipeline near, place insulation and backfill the area.

June 26, 2020 Update

June 25, 2020
Construction crews continue trenching, excavating, and installing pipe near the Memorial Union along North Quad and now stretching down East Quad, resulting in closures and detours.

Hidden pipes revealed!

June 25, 2020
Digging the trenches that will eventually hold our new hot water pipes is no easy task! Just look at the maze of other utility pipes that crisscross the campus just beneath our feet!

June 5, 2020 Update

June 04, 2020
North Quad is closed to all traffic as construction crews are hard at work trenching, laying pipe and preparing to install a new heat exchanger, all part of the first phase of the Big Shift.

Big Shift Toward Carbon-Neutral Future

June 02, 2020
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.

May 14, 2020 Update

May 15, 2020
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.