University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Steam Loop Extension

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Ayres provided civil, mechanical, and electrical services associated with a new steam and condensate loop from Phillips Hall to Garfield Avenue on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s lower campus. The project involved:

  • Removal of the existing steam and condensate pipes and tunnels from Phillips Hall to Schofield Hall.

  • Construction of a new concrete box conduit from Phillips Hall to Garfield Avenue, approximately 750 linear feet.

  • Addition of two steam pits and remodeling of two steam pits. The new pits are east of Schofield Hall and west of Centennial Hall, the new education building.

  • Coordination with the project team for the new Davies Center construction project, the subsequent demolition of the old Davies Center, and the new education building project.

  • Removal of two abandoned utility pits near McIntyre Library and Schofield Hall.

  • Access and interior improvements for the utility pit at the base of the Chippewa River footbridge.

  • Demolition of direct buried piping and two steam pits from Schofield Hall to Zorn Arena.

Services included topographic survey, geotechnical information, utility locates, a Chapter 30 environmental permit application, civil design, and construction phase services.

Project Information

Client's Name

Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development and Management


Eau Claire, WI

Primary Service

Civil + Municipal Engineering


State + Federal + Tribal