TECO Tunnels Help Serve Campus on the Rise

More and more buildings are rising on the Texas Medical Center campus, with a number of TECO customers adding new facilities and connecting to our chilled-water and steam system. Given existing utilities beneath the streets and high building density on campus, TECO’s goal is to extend our piping to new buildings with the least disruption possible. Our solution? Tunneling.

TECO is using the wood-box tunneling method to connect three buildings to our system. We brought Tellepsen on board to use their unique experience to handle construction and ensure two-way traffic flow and clear pedestrian walkways around the work site.

Here’s a quick look at part of the tunneling process.

TECO tunneling project from TECOvideo on Vimeo.

TECO’s specially trained crews oversee the projects and provide strict quality control, carefully inspecting all work performed.

TECO has three tunneling projects underway. The largest project includes three 563-ft, 5-ft x 5-ft tunnels (one for chilled-water supply, one for chilled-water return and one for steam supply and condensate return) to Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Hermann Pavilion 2. They are the longest tunnels we’ve built.

All work is on schedule and on budget.

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