A new school year is rapidly approaching, and colleges and universities are grappling with how to safely return to campus in the midst of a pandemic. Schools have been reluctant to go completely online because it provides lower quality education and lowers enrollment and therefore the university’s revenue. Rice University is building nine new outdoor classrooms to provide safe instruction to large classes. Five of the new classrooms are large tents that the university has purchased. More university purchases and contracts are set to be out.
Salem State University in Massachusetts is seeking proposals for a clean energy feasibility study. They want to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy for heating/cooling purposes in eight of its buildings. Specific projects related to the project include “guidance on strategies, technologies, fuel sources, and whether Salem State should maintain the centralized system.” Bids for this opportunity worth up to $100,000 are due August 14.
Ohio State University is looking for a firm that can design and build a pedestrian bridge. The bridge will be from a shuttle bus stop to the second floor in the Inpatient Hospital Tower, a part of the University’s Wexner Medical Center. The connector will be covered from the elements, but it will remain naturally ventilated. The request for qualifications is due July 21.
Universities may not have a normal upcoming school year and there are revenue concerns. They’re hoping that it’s just a bump in the road towards the future. At least, their procurement trends haven’t changed. In fact, they have increased in order to prepare for a safe return to campus.
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Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.