The campus civil engineering team, housed in the Department of Facilities Management, is tasked with helping make CU-Boulder’s built environment a functional and safe place to study and work. Our range of projects covers:
- civil utilities
- flood management
- water conservation
- structural assessments
- maintenance of design and construction standards
- civil construction
The university maintains most of the civil utilities on the Main Campus, East Campus, Research Park, and Williams Village, including storm sewers, foundation drains, sanitary sewers, and water lines. The campus civil engineering team is responsible for coordinating maintenance activities, updating the Civil Utility Master Plan, prioritizing projects, and ensuring that future projects conform to the goals and direction of the master plan.
Below is a list of the upcoming utility projects for 2013:
- Replacing and upsizing the water line on the southeast side of Hale Science, between Hale and Old Main
- Replacing the sanitary sewer near the Marine Street Science Center on East Campus
- Slip-lining a 6-inch sanitary line on the north side of Hale Science along Pleasant Street
The civil engineering team works with Facilities Management Outdoor Services to audit campus pavements. Every year, a team of students performs a qualitative assessment of pavements that is then compiled into a prioritized list of projects for the upcoming year.
A few examples of upcoming improvements to campus include:
- Asphalt improvements on the western side of Kittredge Loop Drive
- Duane stairs improvements into northern entrance near the loading dock
- Pleasant Street curb and gutter repairs
Flood Management/Water Intrusion
There are many areas of campus that are subject to water intrusion/ponding from storm events. These areas are often the result of nearby drainage and grading conditions. The civil engineering team records these areas and prioritizes corrections to minimize and eliminate their occurrence in the future.
Below is a list of recently completed water intrusion projects for 2014:
- Entrance inlet at Ramaley Biology
- Pleasant Street storm sewer modifications
- VAC entrance - porous pavement
- Chemistry north side drainage improvements
- Info booth drainage improvements
- Flemming and Wolf Law drainage improvements
The civil engineering team actively participates in the university’s Sustainability Action Team (SAT) and received a Sustainability Award in 2012 for its efforts on campus. To date, we have saved campus over 15 million gallons of potable water. We are involved in conservation projects for restrooms, laboratories and irrigation.
Upcoming and recently completed water conservation projects include:
- Hale water conservation improvements
- Greenhouse raw water conversion
- Smiley Court raw water conversion
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment Water Conservation Grant
The civil engineering team is available to assist campus occupants with building structural questions. We can evaluate load conditions to ensure that floors are able to support new equipment weight and review structural deficiencies (such as cracks in buildings) on campus that are in possible need of repair.
Maintenance of design and construction standards
The civil engineering team maintains the utility, structural, hardscapes, roofing, and waterproofing related sections of the UCB Design and Construction Standards. These standards are updated every year. We are always interested in feedback from outside consultants for helping improve standards.
The Civil Engineering group exists to aid in the construction process and ensure that our clients (students, faculty, alumni and all other visitors to campus) receive a top quality product. We strive to guarantee quality assurance in all phases of construction, from early design review all the way to final inspections and certificates of occupancy. Civil Engineering touches on many aspects of construction including stormwater management and erosion control, utility and subsurface removal and replacement, hardscapes and structural building components. The Civil Engineering group strives to make timely responses to faculty and staff requesting projects or studies, contractors or designers requesting information, and any environmental or safety concerns. Below are links to several documents you may find useful.
Project Start-up Checklist for Contractors
Requirements for Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) and Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
Required Inspection List
Standard Drawing Notes
UCB Civil/Utilities Permit Card FYI
UCB Building & Construction Standards
Building and Construction Standards Update Request Form
Let us know
For comments or questions about operational, structural and civil engineering–related issues on campus, or to report a problem or observation, please contact Will Johnson.
To learn more about academic opportunities in engineering, visit the College of Engineering & Applied Science.