Why are there buildings on campus without windows? Oh, you haven't seen any like that? Don't feel bad, they aren't meant to be noticed. Most are nestled among trees and bushes. There is one right next to Varsity Lake. Take a look next time you are standing on the bridge looking North over the lake. If you still can't see it, then the architects have done their job making the pump house blend in with the other Tuscan style buildings on campus (dark red tiled roof, and pink sandstone exterior).
|View of Varsity Lake Pump House - Hale Science in background|
|Varsity Lake Pump House looking North from the bridge|
|A peek inside 28th St and College Ave Pump House|
After the visual inspections, it is time to exercise the pumps. Now I really sound like I know what I'm talking about...right? I'm learning!
If the pump monitors pass inspection, it is time for the team to work on getting air out of the lines that has built up over the winter and send water out. Not so fast....if this isn't done just right, water hammer could rear its ugly head and slow everything down. What is water hammer? It's as bad as the name sounds, but never fear, the irrigation team is all over it. Watch for more on this next week.
In the picture above, you can see the different building styles. It takes a full month to bring the whole campus irrigation up and running. The main campus pump houses are the first to come on line but the same process applies to East and South campus pump stations.
Next blog: "Let the water flow"