@ University of Illinois at Chicago
On Saturday April 11, 1998, Ben and I (Sam), went tunneling at the University
of Illinois in Chicago(UIC). The campus is fairly new and the oldest building is
not more than thirty years old. The tunnels were, therefore, in a fair condition
and well maintained. We explored almost the whole of the east campus and it took
us over three hours. Some of the more fascinating things we saw were:
photographs taken are low-res (320x240) and approx 20K each. Use
machines/monitors capable of thousands of colors for best results.
- A Nuclear Shelter underneath the main Library with a huge stack of boxes
marked "Dept. of Civil Defense".
- The Campus telephone switch - also underneath the main library
- A window into the swimming pool of CCC (the student union bldg).
- A room used to store containers of nuclear products with a ridiculous lock
that opened when jiggled.
- One unfinished section of tunnel was accessed by climbing up a ladder into
a crawl space above the basement but below the floor.
|Ben and Sam at the intersection where the pipes from the
Utilities Building split up to serve the rest of the campus.
Basement of the Main LibraryThe basement of the library was huge. Apart
from old bookshelves, bins, tables and other junk, we found theCampus Telephone Switch and a
room full of old broken
The most fascinating was the huge stack of survival
supplies. These boxes were marked "Department of Civil Defense". Some boxes
contained tins of biscuits which Ben decided to try. Other
boxes contained Sanitation
Supplies including Iodine. We also found large stack of Drinking Water barrels which
could be reused as commodes.
Typical Tunnels and BasementsWe found out that most tunnels were pretty
much alike. They generall consisted of 6'x8'(widthxheight) tunnels with steam
and cold water pipes running along the sides. Usually the floor was of concrete
and in some cases, where the tunnels branched off to serve individual buildings,
there were metal grates on the floor.The data wiring was one side and the
electrical cables on the other side.
Most basements were at a higher
level than the tunnels and access to the basements was via steep metal stairs. These
stairs were kinda cool.
The basements were generally all alike with huge tanks marked DCW(Domestic
Cold Water). There was a lot of pumps, generators and other
Generally, the entrance to the tunnels from the basements was marked with a
huge Positively NO
ADMITTANCE sign on a door that was *unlocked*. We also found a leaky steam pipe valve. The
tunnels had circulation fans
which led to air openings. Huge pipes over 20' in
diameter were seen in some basements.
Some tunnels had delicate stalacites
(or is it upside down stalagmites?).
Some basements had narrow
(2') passages which led to manhole entrances. These were a bit uncommon.
Unfinished Crawl SpacesWe found a large unfinished crawl space
underneath the Art&Architecture Building. The cool part was that it was partially hidden and was
accessible by climbing up some
stairs and entering through the short entrance. This was the only place
which was not lit. Due to the flash, the room appears bright but
it was not so. The place was quite dusty and we had to use face dust masks in case of
Massive Air Filter in A&A BldgThe air filter was over 20' tall. Another picture of this machine
which seemed like alien construction to us.
Window into a swimming poolThe basement of CCC (the student union)
building had this window into
the pool. Another blurry
Physics Storage Room
found a small storage room in the basement of the Science and Engineering Labs
which was used to store radioactive material
containers. There was even a Geiger Counter on the floor.
There must have been something wrong with the lock because it opened when we
simply jiggled the lock. There was radioactive material in that room because the
counter started pinging when we tested some of the
containers. We left that room alone!
MiscelleneousWe found a SAGE Auto-Matrix computer of
some kind. It seemed more or less a standard personal computer on the
inside with a hard disk etc. It was hooked to a telephone. It must have been
some kind of computer to monitor the HVAC system and generate alarms if
something breaks down. But, I am guessing here.
There was some really long
tunnels. We came across one tunnel that had thousands of light bulbs
stored along it.