Olsson Associates


Olsson helps UNK grow for the future with utility corridor expansion

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mary Sullivan, Communications

A utility corridor trench and 6-inch steam line is part of UNK’s utility corridor expansion to its west campus.The students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) have big plans for their futures. To match these ambitions, UNK is continually working on big plans for its campus.

One of UNK’s “big plans” is the recently constructed Health Sciences Center, which is part of UNK’s initiative to develop its west campus. Part of this development includes the West Campus Utility Corridor Expansion project, which extends the existing heating and cooling system to provide service to UNK’s west campus.

Olsson Associates helped design this major utility corridor extension to serve the Health Sciences Center and the planned development, which includes three more buildings to be constructed in the near future. Olsson’s involvement in the project began in 2013. Olsson’s multiple services included topographic survey, site civil design, structural design, power electrical design, and steam/condensate piping design. Construction began in the spring of 2014 and was completed February 2015.

For Olsson, this project was a unique opportunity, said Erin Bright, project manager for the expansion and a technical leader for Olsson’s Land Development team.

“This project allowed Olsson to perform design on major infrastructure improvements to a college campus, which will serve UNK’s facilities for decades to come,” Erin said.

Specifically, the infrastructure improvements included expanding the medium voltage electrical system and providing redundant power capabilities to the west campus. The project also extended 8-inch chilled water supply and return lines and brought nearly 1,000 linear feet of 6-inch steam and 3-inch steam condensate supply lines to serve the west campus.

“As UNK rehabilitates its older buildings and undertakes additional infrastructure projects, we hope to continue providing services to UNK and serving the campus long into the future,” said Erin.

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