Colorado State University’s Oval will be under construction for the next few months, but its historic trees will be protected.
CSU announced last week that crews will be replacing stormwater pipes beneath the Oval that date back to the 1950s.
The project will use trenchless technology to replace more than 1,200 linear feet of storm line, according to Brad Johnson, CSU’s capital construction project manager in facilities management.
Johnson said the current storm lines “have significant root intrusion issues, and the manholes are brick and losing structural strength.”
Johnson said the university has planned out the project in a way that construction will not harm the Oval’s historic trees. He said the design and facilities teams worked to ensure “any replacement of piping is coordinated with critical tree protection zones.”
The project was also planned to ensure parts of the Oval will be available for student use throughout construction. Fencing will be set up for safety around construction areas, and Johnson said the team also worked to minimize traffic and parking impacts through the area.
Johnson said the construction will not impact the university’s commencement walks, scheduled April 5-10, pending COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.
The project is expected to be completed in August.
The Oval and its historic elm trees have been a staple of the CSU campus since the 1880s, according to the university.
The Oval’s trees were damaged back in October when high winds caused a temporary closure of the area due to danger caused by broken branches on the elms.
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