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High bay featuring three-story structural wall for testing wood products in the new A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory

Wood Products Innovation Coming Soon

Rising up on the west side of the Corvallis campus, the A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory brings a high tech look to the area of barns and fields associated with the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. When completed, the lab (also known as the AWP) will house research devoted to finding new ways to use timber products in structures—both residential and commercial—and new ways of building and engineering using wood.
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Facilities Services Prep Spares Campus from Spring Flooding

The early April flooding of the Willamette River in Corvallis that closed Highway 34 for three days was a glimpse at the wetlands that the Willamette Valley once was. Drone photos showed areas near the river completely submerged, and the research farms south of campus, such as Lewis-Brown, Botany and Vegetable Farms, had minor flooding.  On the Corvallis campus, however, it was business as usual—the impact of the heavy spring rains was minimal due to proactive work by Facilities Services. 

Heavy rain earlier in the year led to some damage around campus; mainly window well drains clogged with sludge and leaves which creates leaks when the water doesn't drain fast enough. After surveying the damage, the Work Coordination Center planned some preventative maintenance surrounding the areas usually affected by heavy precipitation: drains, stormwater systems and sump pumps used to keep water-collecting areas clear.

"We knew more rains were coming," said Joe Majeski, director of Facilities Services. "We tried to get ahead of it as much as we could." 

In many of the repeat offender drain systems, Facilities Services installed inverted drain traps, designed to keep leaves and other matter from clogging the waterway. While many of the drain traps were purchased, there were a few that were made in-house by trades welders. Facilities Services recently invested in a jetter trailer, a machine designed to blast through blockages in drains and stormwater systems, and used it to clear the lines.

People resources were applied, as well. Facilities Service maintenance technicians monitored 10 of the campus flooding "hot spots" and were able to call in help if they saw a potential problem. 

The April flooding in Corvallis could have caused major problems on campus. Thankfully, due to some forward thinking and planning, campus operations were as reliable as ever.

Turbine Upgrade

Last month, the Platinum-LEED certified Energy Center on the edge of campus got an upgrade. Crews installed a new turbine, designed to help keep steam flowing to campus. The new turbine is projected to run for 30,000 hours (approximately five years). The complete changeout of the old turbine and installation of the new one took a little more than three days.

Next up for the Energy Center is the annual campus-wide steam shutdown, taking place June 16-20, 2019. The steam shutdown allows Facilities Services to assess and maintain the campus's steam system. 
Corvallis Campus Power Grid Updates

The next planned electrical outage will be
June 20, 21 and 22, 2019. 

Langton and Waldo Halls will be open and running on backup power. Learn more at Power Grid Updates.  

 

Oregon State Adopts Requirements for Sustainable Development

Oregon State University recently created Requirements for Sustainable Development (RSD) to help accelerate progress toward OSU's ambitious carbon emissions reduction goals and provide flexibility that respects the context of infrastructure needs at OSU. While exceptions may be applied in some limited cases, following the RSD is mandatory for all OSU major and minor capital projects as of March 2019.

The Sustainability Office will provide internal auditing for projects that do not seek external certification by collecting information needed to ensure the Requirements for Sustainable Development are achieved and posting short narratives online to provide transparency. 

OSU Closures, Shutdowns and Detours
 

Contact Us:
University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations
part of Division of Finance and Administration, Oregon State University
3015 SW Western Blvd.
Corvallis, OR 97333

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