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Utility Upgrades Coming
Public Lecture: Dark Energy and the Preposterous Universe
Noontime Concert by the Cecilia String Quartet November 12
Seen around SLAC: National Fire Protection Association Signs

SLAC Today

Tuesday - November 2, 2010

Utility Upgrades Coming

Construction activities will soon begin for the replacement of utility piping systems throughout the SLAC campus. This work, as part of the Recovery Act funded Infrastructure Modernization project, will include hot water, chilled water and cooling tower water systems. The scheduled work will complement the previous piping work installed in 2008. The project team will keep building managers informed of the work and any impact on building occupants as the project progresses. There will be excavation and heavy equipment along Loop Road for some of the pipe replacements. Please use caution, follow posted construction safety signs, and keep an eye out for traffic changes during the work.

Other parts of the Infrastructure Modernization project include new fire alarm pull stations (completed), new sanitary sewer lift station controls and monitoring, and two new compressed air stations with related piping upgrades. The objective of the project is to improve the reliability of the SLAC infrastructure by replacing outdated fire alarms, installing new network linked lift station monitoring/controls, de-centralizing the compressed air plant for increased reliability while also addressing system leaks, as well as replacing the 40+ year old utility piping system. The piping work will be completed in April 2011. 

The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as one of three SLAC infrastructure/seismic upgrade projects in that program.

Public Lecture: Dark Energy and the Preposterous Universe

On Wednesday December 1, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist and cosmologist Sean Carroll will present a public lecture, "Dark Energy and the Preposterous Universe," sponsored by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and others as part of the workshop "Experimental and Theoretical Challenges to Probing Dark Energy." The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium.

Noontime Concert by the Cecilia String Quartet November 12

(Photo courtesy the Cecelia String Quartet.)

The Cecilia String Quartet will return to SLAC to present a noon-time concert on Friday November 12 in the Kavli Auditorium. This is an exciting group that was awarded the first prize in the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition at The Banff Centre this past September. They are working with the St. Lawrence String Quartet of Stanford as part of their Emerging String Quartet program.

They will play two quartets, Mozart, String Quartet No.14 in G Major, K. 387 and Schumann, Op. 41 No.1 in A minor.

Please join us!

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