Underground vault repairs expected to be finished by mid-March

Workers have been performing ongoing repairs on an underground vault on a tunnel near McKenny Hall.

According to Scott Storrar, Eastern Michigan University’s director of facilities and construction, the repairs, which cost around $134,000, began the week of Dec. 15 and are expected to be completed by mid-March.

“These repairs are part of preventative measures to extend the life of campus infrastructure,” Storrar said. “The concrete walls of the vault are being repaired and the concrete cap is being replaced.”

The tunnel, installed in the 1960s, had begun to show its age, resulting in cracks and water damage.
While only Physical Plant technicians have access to the tunnel, steam pipes, condensate return pipes and air lines run through it, distributing services from the Heating Plant to campus buildings.

Another tunnel repair is under way between Brown and Warner and repairs to the Brown and Goddard vaults were completed last year. The underground tunnels are regularly monitored and repaired as needed.

Storrar said there is no danger to students who may be passing by the work site.

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