Heidelberg University - France Hall Electrical Improvements
France Hall is a 1925 vintage signature building on the campus of Heidelberg University. While it has served numerous functions over the years, its present use is a women’s Residence Hall. Although ongoing efforts have been made over the years to maintain the facility and provide necessary safety related improvements, a survey conducted by Tec Inc. in July of 2010 revealed a number of electrical conditions that required immediate resolution.
Recognizing France Hall is programmed for a major renovation in the not too distant future the University requested the proposed improvements repair those items that pose a safety concern to students and staff.
In conjunction with the University’s Facilities and Engineering Department the most critical items were identified, a budget was developed and an engineering solution was authorized to proceed with the goal of completing the required improvements prior to fall classes resuming August 27, 2010. The focus of the effort was to replace all the electrical outlets within the thirty dormitory rooms on three floors with properly installed grounded duplex receptacles. The quantity of devices per room was increased along with new branch circuit wiring from new panels on each floor.
The condition of the electrical distribution and panel capacity on each floor was suspect. A design was implemented to replace the three existing panels with new panels and feeders from the lower level electrical distribution. The design for the entire improvement was completed in three days, and walked through the permit process without comment. Pricing was obtained from a local contractor familiar with the campus, and work commenced
With great effort on the contractor’s part and cooperation of all parties involved the University received occupancy of the building the afternoon of August 27, 2010.
While this is not the grandest of projects, nor the most aesthetic design solution it provided a permanent remedy for a serious safety issue at the University quickly in a very cost effective manner.