UM’s Camp Davis Rocky Mountain Field Station Renovations:
In an ongoing effort to maintain the Camp Davis Rocky Mountain Field Station and improve it to better support our academic mission, the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department, in conjunction with the LS&A Facilities Team and UM Facilities and Operations is working on the second phase of a major capital improvement project. In recent years, Camp Davis has experienced dramatic growth in both course offerings and student enrollments. The aging Camp infrastructure is no longer able to support the increased use. To support this growth, and to make sure that future growth of our undergraduate program isn’t limited by physical capacity at Camp, we are embarking on a complete renovation of the student housing wing. Master planning and conceptual drawings are complete, and engineering studies for the new facilities are currently in progress. We are hopeful that demolition and construction will begin in fall 2014 or 2015 on new and greatly improved utility systems and student housing.
The second phase of the renovation project is largely modeled on the success of the first phase, completed five years ago, that results in wholesale renovation of the faculty housing wing (3624 sq. ft.) at Camp. That first phase led to 20 new cabins on the faculty side of Camp with individual bathrooms, three-season insulation for extended use, and electric heaters. The new cabins are built on poured foundations to minimize frost heave, and are raised above the ground level to minimize rodent infestations. New utilities on the staff side of camp include electric, drinking water and sewer lines buried below the frost line, along with a new septic system. The new cabins have been a resounding success with both faculty and those students who have used them for early-season classes over the past few years.
The second phase of renovation is equally as ambitious with goals to renovate over 8000 sq. ft. at Camp including:
- Demolish the current student cabins, bath, and shower houses, and utilities.
- Build 30 new student cabins with bathrooms, insulation, and heat.Each cabin will sleep 4 students, and two of the cabins will be ADA accessible.
- Install all new utilities (electric, water, and sewer) underground and below frost line.
- Install a new black water septic system and at-grade gray water system.
- Install a fire suppression system for the student cabins.
- Build a new laundry/bathroom building near Camp center to provide additional restroom facilities near the classrooms.
Photo & Video Gallery:
For generations, the Camp Davis program has inspired and educated thousands of students in Geology, Environmental Science and Engineering. Over the years and through the generosity of many alumni, we have made substantial additions to the facility, and these improvements continue today. The new Camp Davis Renovations Fund is a unique opportunity for alumni and friends to help support and continue the educational mission and facility improvements for generations to come.
Simply click the button below and you’ll be taken to a secure website where giving is convenient, quick, and easy.
Special naming opportunities:
Camp Davis can offer to donors a range of special naming opportunities. Some of the cabins that will be constructed in Phase I have already been named for memorable faculty mentors, former Camp Davis students, and family members of loyal alumni. Click here for more information.