Contractors working with UBC Utilities have begun installing below ground electrical conduits and access manholes on the north side of University Boulevard, between East Mall and Wesbrook Mall.

UBC Utilities Acting Director Marty Cole says the conduits will improve the quality and supply of electricity to university buildings and improve communications links to the outside world. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-December.

UBC Utilities crews have also begun replacing 180 metres of corroded steam pipes on the east side of West Mall between Crescent Road and Memorial Road. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of January. Cole says the project will upgrade the steam distribution system, reduce leaks and increase efficiency.

UBC Utilities is the new university ancillary responsible for the management, design, operation, and maintenance of campus utility systems.

Questions or comments about the work can be directed to Cole by calling 822-4179, or by emailing