So we had our field trips on Friday. The heating plant trip was awesome, with lots of opportunity to see occupational and environmental hazards. It was a pretty warm worksite, a real blessing after the FRIGID walk over there.
The whole place had an awesome industrial feel that I haven’t seen in a while. It was pretty loud, lots of signage, alarms, pipes, catwalks, 60-year old bricks, and unionized skilled tradespeople.
I keep calling it the heating plant, but it also chills water in the summer. Canada spends more energy on cooling than heating, but U of S does not. A lot of the buildings and especially research rooms are air conditioned, but many buildings are not.
Overall it was a pretty fun tour. I’ll see what the student reports look like and then decide if we should keep this one for next year.