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Under the terms of a contract which has just been made with the Cambridge Electric Light Company, the question of a heating plant for Harvard has been settled for at least ten years to come, it was announced at Lehman Hall yesterday. Construction of a tunnel from the plant of the Company at Western Avenue and the Parkway to the foot of DeWolf Street near McKinlock Hall will be started by the University next week.
The new tunnel, which will serve as a connecting link between the new source and the existing Harvard system is to be eight feet square. It will provide steam for all those University buildings immediate to the existing centers in Cambridge, the Harvard Union an such outlying buildings as the Observatory excepted.
During the past year the present circuit has been extended to include Lang-dell Hall and a number of student clubs. The new system, in addition, will supply the new units of the House Plan and the gymnasium with heat. The Business School is already supplied by a spur which runs through the Weeks Memorial Bridge.
Hitherto Harvard has received its heat supply from the plant of the Boston Elevated Company at the foot of Boylston Street and the Parkway. The University, however, has arranged to purchase this power station, and will gain possession of the property next spring.
It is excepted that the transfer from the present system will also be effected at that time. Until then the heat will continue to come from the power plant of the Boston Elevated Company.
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