COLUMBIA — Francis Quadrangle will be under construction until August as crews replace a storm sewer pipe that began cracking.
The columns stand among piles of torn-up grass, mud and large piping, as Campus Facilities works to replace the storm sewer pipe underground.
Campus Facilities' Landscape Services intended to start a project to solve drainage issues on the south end of the quadrangle but after running tests, discovered that the storm sewer pipe beneath the quadrangle was cracking prematurely, said Campus Facilities Director of Communications Karlan Seville.
The pipe was installed in 1997 and should have lasted 50 years, but because of the premature failure, the pipe manufacturer agreed to replace the pipe with a newer model, Seville said. The installation is projected to cost $128,000.
The storm sewer pipe needs to be replaced before the drainage project can begin, Seville said.
"After the storm sewer pipe is replaced, the Landscape Services will go in and put a crown on the center of the south section of the quad so the water drains better, so that the grass doesn’t die," Seville said. "They were supposed to do that project over spring break but had to put it off because of the weather."
The contractor for the project is KBR, a global engineering, construction and services company, but the storm sewer replacement is subcontracted by Emery Sapp and Sons, an infrastructure contractor for the Midwest.
The drainage project will cost $66,000 in addition to the pipe replacement.
"We're doing a lot of infrastructure on campus right now because our campus is an aging campus," Seville said. "All work should be complete by Aug. 1 and will not impact students this fall."