I know a lot of you have probably been wondering when I’d have another post about campus drainage. Well, I’m happy to report that today is the day. This one is a doozy too. I stumbled across a 1951 issue of a publication that I was heretofore unaware of: The Highway Magazine. This was published by Armco Drainage and Metal Products, which seemed to specialize in culverts, flumes, and other specialized drainage equipment. These aren’t exciting to most people but they are exceptionally useful. It turns out that Armco provided much of the expertise and material for the complicated project of draining Rice Stadium and there’s a nice article about the problems that arose building something that big below ground in Houston, Texas:
Warning: There may well be more to be mined in this vein.
Bonus: There are always a lot of construction and maintenance projects over the summer but I’ve never seen anything like the mass of workers in this picture that a loyal reader sent in. It almost looks like an evacuation–they’re usually moving.