The University identified deficiencies and deterioration in the steam and underground utility systems in the corridor between Morrill II and IV. This extensive project addressed structurally deficient manholes, deteriorated asbestos-insulated steam lines, and non-code compliant rails and accessibility deficiencies to the Morrill Buildings.
- Steam system replacement included a walkable tunnel. Installation of a walkable tunnel will improve future maintenance and protect the investment of the surface upgrades to the courtyard.
- Provided a new tunnel exhaust fan system.
- Provided electrical and telecom improvements from Stockbridge Circle through the courtyard, and provided spare conduit for future expansion of these systems.
- Stormwater system improvements. A new stormwater management system was installed including new yard drains, catch basins and surface collection inlets.
- Water line addition. To provide redundancy and alternative service to the Morrill Science Center from Stockbridge Road and North Pleasant Street water mains, a new loop connection has been made through the basement of Morrill II.
- Hazardous materials abatement. The pre-existing steam lines had asbestos-containing materials that required abatement, as did the exterior of the steam manholes, building foundations and electrical duct banks.
The project also included the following surface and landscape improvements:
- Barrier-free accessible pathways to building entrances and courtyard space from North Pleasant Street.
- Improved pedestrian flow – to serve as an eastern gateway from North Pleasant Street to the Stockbridge Corridor.
- Larger and more functional gathering spaces and seating.
- Safety improvements – lighting and code-compliant walkways and stairways.
- Increased visibility from North Pleasant Street.
- Aesthetic enhancements included new plantings, green screens, and incorporation of boulder specimens from UMass Geosciences.