Monthly Archives: August 2008

T-Dust Alert #16 – Temporary HVAC Shutdown for Central Plant Expansion Tie-in

WHAT? There will be a temporary air conditioning (HVAC) shut down in all buildings on campus except Kiowa, Uvalde, Verde, and Yegua.

WHEN? The shutdown will be necessary from 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29, to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 31.

WHY? This temporary shutdown is necessary for HVAC pipe tie-ins to be made from the new Central Plant Expansion to all main campus buildings.

HOW? The Central Plant chillers and boilers serving the campus will be shut down, lines drained, water lines disconnected, new tie-ins installed, water lines refilled, and chillers restarted upon completion of the tie-in work.

WHO? For safety, security, and comfort, all main campus buildings are closed to all faculty, staff, and students during the Labor Day holiday and all other holidays.

Several Continuing Education ESL classes inadvertently scheduled to be conducted this weekend have been moved to Kiowa for this weekend only.

T-Dust Alert #15 – Power/Data/Phone/HVAC Construction-Related Shutdown

WHAT? The next phase of new science building construction will require a temporary shutdown of power, data, phone, and HVAC connections over a weekend.

WHICH? The August 8th weekend was selected because it is after the August 7th end of the Summer II term and minimizes interruption to instruction in most cases.

WHY? This shutdown is necessary in order to re-route power, data, phone, and HVAC connections from the Central Utilities Plant (Pecos Hall) to Thunderduck Hall through new pipes running beneath the new science building.

WHERE? The power, data, and phone outages will affect only Thunderduck, Alamito, Crockett , Neches, and El Paso (west) halls.

WHEN? The power, data, and phone outages will start at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday August 8, and last until approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 11.

WHAT ELSE? The HVAC re-routing work involves the Central Utilities Plant (Pecos Hall) and the west plaza valve vault and will consist of valve installation and pipe work.

WHERE ELSE? The shutdown of the HVAC system will affect all campus buildings except the portable buildings (Kiowa, Uvalde, Verde, and Yegua).

WHEN ELSE? The HVAC shutdown will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 8, and last until approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 10.

WHAT THEN? The chiller pipes will be refilled immediately following the  completion of work on Sunday evening to re-establish normal HVAC service to all buildings by Monday morning, August 11.  Please dress in cool, comfortable clothing on Monday, August 11, in case the AC temperature has not had time to recover fully in 14 hours and buildings are a bit warmer than usual.