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Geothermal System

As soon as the tent stakes from the 228th Commencement ceremony came out, the surveyor’s stakes and fence posts went in. Work began on the College’s next big capital project: the creation of geothermal fields for heating and cooling the soon-to-be-renovated Miller Library. Drilling rigs dug 168 wells, each 300 feet deep, and the wells are linked together with a network of underground piping. Next summer, the piping will be integrated into the new geothermal heating and cooling system that is part of the environmentally friendly renovation of the library. The same system will heat and cool adjacent Smith Hall. While the earth is opened up, the college installed an irrigation system. The lawn was totally regraded and sodded in mid-September.