A public meeting to present the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for the proposed UW-Superior Steam Distribution System Replacement/Repair (Flood Restoration) project will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in room 201 of Yellowjacket Union located at 1605 Catlin Avenue on the UW-Superior campus. Design staff will be available at 5:30 p.m. to review construction plans and the public meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Parking for the meeting is available free of charge after 4:30 p.m. in Lots #2 and #11, with the exception of metered and reserved spaces. A description of the project and related potential positive and adverse impacts will be presented. All persons will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to identify both orally and in writing any support, issues, or concerns they believe should be addressed during the EIA process for this project.

The Draft EIA has been prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) guidelines. The project manager is the state Department of Administration’s Division of Facilities Development (DFD). Ayres Associates was retained by the DFD to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on behalf of the UW System.

Torrential rains on June 19 and 20, 2012, flooded a significant portion of the UW-Superior campus, completely submersing most of the steam and condensate distribution system. The piping insulation thermal resistance properties have been permanently compromised by this unique flood event. Piping insulation replacement is the only option for returning the system to its former thermal efficiency level. The proposed project includes excavation and exposure of existing concrete box conduit system, sectional removal and preservation of existing conduit lids, removal of existing steam and condensate piping insulation, and complete inspection and spot testing (as applicable) of conduit concrete structures, steam and condensate piping, and piping support steel. Based on inspection and testing results, the concrete conduit box, steam and condensate piping, and piping supports are to be fully replaced, partially replaced, or reused as dictated by condition and as approved by the DFD. The proposed project also includes the full restoration to original conditions of the affected areas, including concrete sidewalk and gutter repairs, asphalt roadway repairs, top soil and lawn repairs and reconstruction/replacement of any structures temporarily removed to complete the proposed work. The estimated cost of the project is $4,990,700 which will be funded using $3,493,500 from General Fund Supported Borrowing and $1,497,200 from Program Revenue Supported Borrowing. Start of construction is targeted for late May 2013, with substantial completion anticipated by September 2014.

The purpose of the Draft EIA is to define the project and identify potential impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments. The Draft EIA is being made available to the public and to appropriate federal, state and local agencies for a 15-day review period, which begins on February 28, 2013, and concludes on March 14, 2013. Copies of the Draft EIA document are available for review at the UW-Superior Jim Dan Hall Library at 907 North 19th Street, Superior, Wisconsin, 54880, and at the City of Superior Library, 1316 North 14th Street, Superior, Wisconsin 54880. The Draft EIA is also available online at:

Comments and inquiries raised during the Draft EIA comment period will be used to develop the Final EIA. If you are interested in this project or have any information relevant to it, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or other input. Please attend the public meeting to present oral comments or submit your written comments no later than March 14, 2013 to:

Dennis L. Johnson, PE
Ayres Associates
3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Comment forms can also be obtained via the project website listed above.

Print Friendly