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Enabling Future Development

Duke University, Enabling Services

Durham, NC

Client Name:

Duke University

Project Type:

Education Campuses

Services Leveraged:

Civil Engineering


Construction Admin

Duke University is a mature private institution that traces its roots in Durham, NC to 1892. Duke has grown into a vibrant institution with many ongoing development and re-development projects. Duke University initiates utility enabling projects in order to extend and / or relocate utilities in advance of some future development projects involving a new building or building expansion. This approach greatly facilitates the future development projects by completing, in advance, utility extensions and relocations in areas that are already tightly developed. In order to successfully complete the utility enabling projects, technical expertise combined with complex coordination is required to relocate / install the necessary water and wastewater infrastructure, while ensuring that all requirements are met, and interruption of existing utilities is minimized.

McAdams has been the lead civil engineer for water and wastewater extensions on many utility enabling projects for Duke University. McAdams’ key role in these projects is twofold: 1) to develop horizontal alignments for the water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer extensions and relocations in coordination with Duke University Facilities Management Department staff that will best accommodate future development and minimize conflicts with existing infrastructure, and 2) to coordinate closely with the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) engineer in developing the horizontal and vertical alignments for the water and sanitary sewer to minimize conflicts with existing or proposed extensions / relocations for “dry utilities” such as electric, gas, chilled water, steam, cable, etc. As part of this effort, McAdams prepares the construction drawings and works with the City of Durham and Durham County to facilitate approval of the construction drawings and erosion control plans.

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