Facilities Development & Operations
Roof Repair & Replacement
Several roofing projects are underway for repair or replacement.
Modular buildings A, B and F have had their roofs replaced. Beginning this month roof replacement will begin on the Business Tower, and the Art Gallery buildings.
The East Field House (South Campus) and the Art Building (West Wing) will have roof repairs started.
In addition to roof repair and replacement, the Maintenance & Operations team will begin the seasonal cleaning of roof gutters in preparation for the, hopefully wet, winter weather ahead.
Campus Bike Racks
Facilities Development & Operations continues to make improvements and adjustments to the location of bike racks in order for students to have a safe place to park their bikes. Recently a new concrete pad was poured on the West Side of the Engineering Building where a more recent bike rack had been placed. New bike racks have also been installed at the Student Union, the Student Wellness Center and the Campus Village court yard.
State Fire Marshal Inspections Continue
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has completed the inspection of six campus buildings: Industrial Studies, Engineering, Administration, Clark Hall, Hugh Gillis Hall and Natural Science. The room by room inspections will continue as we move on to Duncan Hall, MacQuarrie Hall, Sweeney Hall and so on until all of the buildings on campus are inspected. Dates are not given as to when an inspection will be done. At the conclusion of each inspection the university will receive a report of any findings. The final report will be shared with the building occupants to ensure we are in and will continue to be in compliance with regulatory fire codes.
Here are the infractions found during the most recent inspections:
- Furniture and objects placed in corridors that impede egress.
- Accumulation of combustible materials, like paper and non-fire rated furniture in offices and rooms.
- Improper electrical power devices, such as extension cords, used as permanent wiring for appliances.
- Power strip cords that are daisy chained together that create excessive electrical power draw.
- Excessive amounts of wall and window coverings made of combustible materials.
- Doors that open into fire-safe corridors that are being kept open with door stops.
The best way to keep a building fire-safe is to:
- Practice good housekeeping and remove excessive amounts of combustible materials and clutter.
- Keep exit paths free of objects that could impede egress.
- Use only State Fire Marshal Approved commercial grade furniture that is properly protected with fire retardant fabrics and cushions.
- Keep doors that open into fire-safe corridors closed. In the event of a fire, the closed doors stop the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building.
- Use dedicated electrical outlets for major appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves or printers.
- Ensure that electrical outlets are not overloaded.
- Do not use extension cords for permanent installations.
We are happy to announce that after 1 1/2 years of recruitment effort we have finally filled all of our vacant custodial positions. Our teams work very hard, both day and night, to maintain the cleanliness and neatness of our buildings. Thank you all for your continued hard work especially during this recruitment period.
Two water-saving projects are currently underway.
- Central Plant Steam Makeup Water Conversion: The Central Plant uses potable water to produce steam to heat our Main Campus buildings. By the end of October, the Central Plant will be converting to recycled water and saving the campus almost 20 million gallons of water annually.
- The Student Union will be converting the water used in toilets and urinals to recycled water by the end of October saving 5.5 million gallons of water a year.