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Jordan-Hare Storm Water Project Phase I, North Campus Infrastructure

Auburn, Alabama

Moving the Earth to Keep Water Flowing for an Active Campus

When it rains in Alabama, it pours. And when Alabama deluges fall on sun-baked Alabama ground, management of the storm water becomes a crucial and challenging issue. To help Auburn University manage its storm water, HPM guided the fabrication and installation of two underground detention basins, with all of the associated piping and access portals. Measuring 180 feet long and lying 30 feet underground, the basins required major excavation in the middle of Auburn’s north campus, with students still going about their daily lives. HPM’s team was able to install the basins, as well as infrastructure for an engineering building later to be built, on time, without interrupting university operations and or endangering students as they moved about the campus.

A Really Big Dig

Storm water wasn’t the only water getting moved around on Auburn’s campus. At the time, the university was in the process of converting from steam to hot water — and discussing plans for a new, high-tech engineering building. To minimize further disruption to a still-bustling campus, HPM coordinated all the different projects as one big infrastructural undertaking. The team fabricated and installed the detention basins, rerouted a temporary steam line away from the basin excavation, and installed utilities for the engineering building that was yet to be — more than 8,000 feet of lines for hot and chilled water, domestic and fire water, gas, electrical service and telecommunications, all ready to serve Auburn students and faculty when the university was ready to build.

Project Details

Two underground storm water detention basins
Underground utilities for future 185,000-square-foot engineering building
Underground water, gas, electrical and telecommunication lines


Auburn University


Simonton Swaika Black Architects Inc.

HPM Services

Construction Management