Steam Tunnels / UW Madison

Web -- UW Physical Plant

Email -- Physical Plant Customer Service -- Feedback, Questions, and Comments about Website

(608) 263-3333 -- Steamfitting Shop, UW Physical Plant

Built in 1898. The tunnels that connect most buildings on campus supply steam heat. They contain large steam pipes wrapped in insulation and bundles of wires running along the wall. The pipes inside are 430 degrees, and if damaged, steam shoots out at nine thousand feet per second. The west plant (Walnut St.) and the south plant (Charter St.) operate over 2.5 miles. In all there are 10 miles of tunnels.

Keywords:steam tunnel tunnels heat steamfitters steamfitting steamfit fit underground physical plant   Doc ID:11552
Owner:Information Services Specialist .Group:Campus and Visitor Relations
Created:2009-06-28 19:00 CDTUpdated:2020-03-02 16:26 CDT
Sites:Campus and Visitor Relations
Feedback:  3   1