Inside Linfield - Facilities Services

South Steam Loop Replacement Project

Updated 7.14.21

Install new steam and condensate return piping in concrete utilidors which protect and extend the life of the steam piping system. The new steam piping system will have higher insulation values and will prevent water damage that has plagued the existing system.

Phase 1 (Summer 2019)

Summer 2019 Campus Energy Construction Project

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Phase 2 (Summer 2021)

Summer 2021 Campus Energy Construction Project

 P2 Overall College Map Construction Areas


  • Central Heating Plant to Renshaw & Vivian Bull Music Center to Facilities Services
  • Received $333,363 incentive from energy Trust of Oregon (ETO)
    • estimated annual savings of 111,121 therms (=approx. $86,674)
    • estimated annual savings of 573 kWh
  • Renshaw to Vivian Bull Music Center
  • Project eligible for $91,284 incentive from energy Trust of Oregon (ETO)
    • estimated annual savings of 30,428 therms    (=approx. $23,735)
    • estimated annual savings of 16 kWh


Keck Road Closure Map: June 8 - July 26, 2021

Phase 2 Construction Area Map

Pedestrian and Vehicle Access to Avoid Construction: May 3-30, 2021

Pedestrian and Vehicle Access to Avoid Construction: May 31-August 12, 2021

South Steam Loop Replacement Project - Phases 1 and 2

Photo Update

May 7, 2021

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July 2, 2021

July 9, 2021

Project Area

The Phase 2 South Steam Loop Replacement project will occur along a swath of campus between Renshaw Hall and Vivian Bull Music Center.


This construction project will require fences to be erected to keep people safely out of the construction areas which includes some roads, sidewalks, parking areas, and landscaped (grass) areas.  Access to some buildings may be modified during construction. Heavy equipment will be used which will generate noise (cutting, digging, hauling equipment, back-up beepers).

  • EMERGENCY VEHICLE IMPACT: Keck Circle will be dug up as part of construction so that new steam pipes can cross the roadway. This will require the road to be closed for one month (June 8 - July 26, 2021). Director of Environmental Health & Safety Erik Stenehjem will proactively coordinate with local Fire, Ambulance and Police Departments to notify them of these impacts and discuss any accommodations that may be required to access campus.
  • BUILDING EGRESS IMPACT: During construction, fences will be erected up against portions of HP-E, the southwesternmost building in the Hewlett-Packard Park Complex. The existing steam pipe enters this building, and the new pipes will also. A detailed fencing plan will be provided to Linfield and these fences will be erected May 30. Care will be taken especially with access to the rooms and stairwell on the west side of the building, and on the north side of the building, specifically rooms.
  • NOISE IMPACT: Significant noise will be generated in all areas of construction, generally confined to M - F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Noise from cutting the pavement and sidewalk, digging pavement up, loading it and hauling it away, bringing in the utilidors, trenching, welding and the back-up beeping from heavy machinery.
  • DRIVING IMPACTS: Renshaw Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic between Boardman and Brumback (soon-to-be Lakamas Lane). One lane of traffic, traveling south to north from Brumback/Lakamas to Boardman, will remain open.  Keck Circle will have a partial closure between the Vivian Bull Parking entrance and Library Court from June 8 - July 26. Drivers may be advised to detour from 99W to SE Booth Bend St to SE Lever St or from 99W to Linfield Ave to SE Lever St (and vice versa). Drivers wishing to access Library Court may be able to do so via Keck Circle from 99W. Nicholson Library may want to add this to their website and alert regular patrons.
    • OBSERVATORY / WITHNELL COMMONS: Construction will be directly to the west of these buildings, affecting some sidewalks.
    • VIVIAN BULL MUSIC CENTER PARKING: A portion of this parking lot will be used for storage lay/down area for the project, reducing the number or parking spots remaining, beginning May 30. 
    • RENSHAW HALL: A portion of the new cement sidewalk in front of Renshaw will be re-poured this summer, and fencing will likely be in place for one month.
    • DILLIN HALL: The vault SW-1 Lid behind Dillin Hall will be removed, and new valves installed in the vault, so the area will likely be under construction for a one-week period, specific schedule to be determined.
    • FORD HALL THEATRE/NICHOLSON LIBRARY DELIVERIES, PASSENGER DROP OFF and PICKUP IMPACTS: From June 8 - July 26 Keck Circle will not be useable as a through street to access Library Court from the east. Access to Library court will not be otherwise restricted.
    • FACILITIES SERVICES: A portion of the Southernmost drive will be used for contractor’s mobile office throughout the project (same location as Phase I). Keck will not be useable as a through street to Lever from June 8 - July 26. The field in front of Warehouse 1 will be used as temporary laydown for project waste, to be removed by end of project.
  • PARKING IMPACT: No parking will be permitted on the west side of Renshaw Ave between Boardman and Brumback/Lakamas for the duration of the project. Parking on Keck Circle will be limited during the Keck Circle closure and throughout construction.
  • PEDESTRIAN IMPACT: Sidewalks on west side of Renshaw will be closed starting just south of Renshaw Hall. Portions of main southwest pedestrian walkway will be closed from the Observatory to Keck Circle as the new pipes and utilidors are going to be installed underneath them. Pedestrians traveling South across campus towards Vivian Bull, Ford Hall, Nicholson Library, or Miller Fine Arts A and B will be rerouted around the Withnell Commons and through HP Park to cross at the sidewalk to the Vivian Bull Parking lot or down Brumback St/Lakamas Ln to SE Lever St. Some students/staff will likely elect to use Melrose Ave. Signs will be posted on the fence indicating the egress path.

Construction Schedule

The entire duration of the project is expected to occur from May 3 - August 12, 2021. Workers will be on-site working and making noise Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • May 3 - August 12: M-F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Fences will be erected May 3 and taken down August 12.
    • Keck Circle partial closure between the Vivian Bull Parking entrance and Library Court from June 8 - July 26.

Tips for Construction Zones

  • Be alert. Be visible. Be patient.
  • Construction fencing, signage and other barriers remain in place to restrict access to the construction zone. 
  • Stay out of the work area! Don’t drive, walk or ride behind cones, barricades or barrier, unless directed by a flagger.
  • Use caution when moving around the perimeter of the construction zones.
  • Report unsafe conditions to Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities Services or Linfield Public Safety.

Other Details

  • How this project ties to Linfield’s Strategic Plan:
    • Goal 3F: Address current facilities and infrastructure needs while marking targeted additions that attract and support students.
    • Revised implementation language [SPUR]: The college has an aging physical plant, requiring ongoing modification, update, and we must continue to address deferred maintenance.
  • Budget:
    • Major Renewal & Repair (MR&R)


Facilities Services

Brent Flanders
Manager, Utility Trades

Erik Stenehjem
Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Allison Horn
Director, Facilities & Auxiliary Services