Portion of 15th Street to close on campus for summer utility work

Project part of Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center

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

A portion 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 Dr. between Crescent Road and Irving Hill Road on Saturday, June 4. It will be reopened for regular use by Monday, June 6. During the June 4 weekend, buses will be rerouted along Burdick Drive, 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 ifteenth Street will be open to pedestrian traffic and 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 project. Signage notifying the campus community of the work and detours will be in place for the duration of the project.

The projects will install 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 helping 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 interachangeable panels to test alternative wall and roof components and an advanced data collection system monitoring the buildin’gs overall operational efficiency.

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