• By Dana Sparks

#ThrowbackThursday: 1951 Sidewalks with “snow melting coils”

December 3, 2015

This article first appeared October 1951 in the publication Mayovox.

Ambulance Drive with heat coils being installed, 1951 Throwback Thursday
The ambulance drive and two sidewalks of the Medical Sciences Building are having “snow melting coils” built into the concrete. Here, Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Company craftsmen install the device.Ambulance Drive with heat coils being installed, 1951 Throwback Thursday

It works this way: through copper tubing, a Prestone solution, heated to 170 degrees, melts snow as it hits, then evaporates the moisture. The Building Committee will check the device closely. A possibility: if successful here, there may be “snowless sidewalks” around the Diagnostic Building.

 

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