Steam Pipe Repair Updates

October 31, 2018

To the Trinity College Campus Community,

We write with an update on the steam pipe repair we reported to you earlier this week. Happily, and with much appreciation to the team from the Facilities Department for its intense effort, the work has progressed much more quickly than anticipated, allowing us to restore steam heat to all affected buildings.

The removal of the compromised section of pipe went smoothly yesterday, and crews determined through inspection that only a small section of pipe underground needed to be replaced. With temperatures dropping and rain in the forecast, Facilities brought in staff to allow work to continue at full pace around the clock. As a result, they were able to restart the steam heat as of 6:00 a.m. today.

Throughout the project, building temperatures were monitored regularly and stayed sufficiently warm. Student Life and Dining Services provided hot drinks to students in the affected buildings last night—and will do so again tonight—and Campus Safety was prepared to respond to questions and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and comfort of our community members.

Please be aware that the work to close out the project, including backfilling the excavation site, continues, which means the area on the south side of the exterior of Austin Arts Center remains a construction site, and the Austin Arts parking lot remains closed for now.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Campus Safety at 860-297-2222 with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we addressed this issue.

Sincerely,

Trinity College Emergency Management Team

October 29, 2018 

To the Trinity College Campus Community,  

Late last week, a small breach was discovered in a central line providing steam to several buildings on campus. The hole was patched successfully, but a permanent repair will require the replacement of a section of steam pipe, work that could have a significant impact on our campus.  

To facilitate the repair, steam heat will be turned off beginning overnight tonight to several of our residence halls—Jones, Elton, Wheaton, Jackson, Smith, and Funston—as well as Clement Chemistry Building, the Chapel, and parts of Hamlin Hall—through at least the weekend. As we work to contain the impact to as small an area as possible, the Emergency Management Team is partnering closely with Facilities and others across campus to plan for this outage, provide support to those affected, and keep the campus informed.  

Facilities staff will be monitoring the temperatures inside the affected buildings so that our team can take appropriate and prompt action to ensure safety and attend to the comfort of our community members. Our aim is to be able to keep the temperatures in all of the buildings at an acceptable level throughout the duration of the repair work—you can help by keeping windows closed—but in the event that temperatures fall to uncomfortable or unsafe levels, we will provide options to those living or working in those spaces.  

The exact duration of the work and length of the outage is unknown at this time—because we won’t know how much pipe underground needs to be replaced. Throughout the project, the Emergency Management Team will update the campus: Our next communication will be on Wednesday afternoon once the pipe has been excavated and the full extent of the work can be evaluated.  Additionally, team members in Student Life, the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, and other areas will communicate directly and in numerous ways with those living and working in affected buildings.  

The repair work will take place around the exterior area of the south side of the Austin Arts Center. The Austin Arts parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project, and the construction noise will be loudest on Tuesday morning between 9:00 a.m. and noon. 

We apologize for the inconvenience of this repair on members of the community, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to mitigate the impact and restore full service as quickly as possible.  

If you have issues or concerns, contact Campus Safety at 860-297-2222. 

Sincerely,
Trinity College Emergency Management Team