On Jan. 14, Community Living was alerted to a possible leak along a steam line on campus. Since then, there has been a construction site in front of the Kellogg Center (KC). Students have not received an official update since the email sent by Assistant Dean of Community Living Clark Dawood on Jan. 16.
Director of Maintenance Operations, Jim Diaz said via email that the ground in front of the Robinson building, KC and now Whitehouse Hall was excavated due to a leak in the condensate piping in those locations.
“When the steam has transferred its energy to make heat it condenses back into water. This water, now called condensate, is then sent by pipe back to the boiler house to again be made into steam,” Diaz said via email.
Now, facilities are working to reconstruct “a whole new pipe” from the upstream where the leak began to the street in the case of the leak at Robinson and the KC. As for Whitehouse, there is currently a temporary repair on the leak, Diaz said via email.
“When we fill the piping back up with condensate we will see if there are any more leaks before we apply a permanent repair on the Whitehouse leak,” Diaz said via email. “As far as other leaks, resulting in holes, we do not anticipate any, but that is why we will test the system before we restore everything to normal.”