KU News Release

May 4, 2011
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, 785-864-8858

Portions of 15th Street to close over summer for construction of engineering facility

LAWRENCE — Portions of 15th Street and Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus will be closed this summer to accommodate water line and utility tunnel work for the new Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center.

A part of 15th Street from Burdick Drive — west of Green Hall — to the intersection with Naismith Drive will be closed beginning Monday, May 23, the day after Commencement. The work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 12, before the start of the fall semester. Water line work at the intersection of 15th Street and Naismith Drive will require the closure of Naismith Drive between Crescent Road and Irving Hill Road on Saturday, June 4. It will be reopened for regular use by Monday, June 6. That weekend, buses will be rerouted along Burdick Drive and Irving Hill, Sunnyside and Sunflower roads.

The affected areas will be closed to vehicular and bus traffic while work is conducted. The south side of 15th Street will be open to pedestrian traffic. KU buses will be rerouted around the area, using Irving Hill Road and Burdick Drive The circle drive in front of Green Hall will be closed during the projects. Signage notifying the campus community of the work and detours will be in place for the duration of the projects.

The projects involve installation of water lines and a utility tunnel extension to serve the Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center, now under construction east of Burt Hall and west of Eaton Hall. Last year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Construction awarded KU a $12.3 million federal grant for construction of the research facility for the School of Engineering. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the funds are being used to construct a nearly 46,000-square-foot laboratory and research building that will incorporate cutting-edge green technology and provide research space for interdisciplinary engineering projects in areas such as biofuels, advanced materials and monitoring systems.

A model of sustainability, the building will achieve energy efficiency levels that are at least 30 percent better than industry standards. It will feature a high-performance building envelope with interchangeable panels to test alternative wall and roof components and an advanced data collection system monitoring the building’s overall operational efficiency.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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