Monthly Archives: November 2010

T-Dust Alert #30 – Lake Thunderduck North Bridge Closing

WHAT? Richland’s north bridge, which spans over upper Lake Thunderduck between Fannin Hall and Pecos Hall, will be temporarily closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

WHEN? The closure will begin on Monday, November 22, 2010, and continue until required repair work is completed.

HOW? Solid, reflective barricades will be installed temporarily at both ends of the bridge to prevent use of the bridge during the repair work.

WHY? Two, eight-inch, cast-iron pipes will be placed down the middle of the bridge in order to supply heated water from the boilers in Pecos Hall to buildings on the east campus.  This temporary measure will allow for repairs to be conducted on the original 1972 pipes running under Lake Thunderduck which have begun to leak.

Cameras will be used in the old pipes to determine the extent of damage and the method and materials needed to repair or replace the old pipes.  While the time needed for investigation and repairs is not yet known, the project is currently estimated to take at least three months.

The two pipes on the bridge will be connected to the heating source by pipes running across the ground to a valve pit immediately outside of the Pecos Hall south entrance.  On the east side of the bridge, the pipes will be connected to the east campus system in a valve pit north of Fannin Hall.  Where the connecting pipes cross sidewalks, ramps will be constructed over the pipes to provide uninterrupted access.

HOW ELSE? Funds for this required repair work are being provided by Richland’s Fund Balance.

WHAT ELSE? Please pardon any inconvenience during this repair work.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

T-Dust Alert #29 – Interior Renovation of Wichita Hall Elevator

WHAT? The circa 1970s psychedelic interior of the Wichita Hall elevator is being refurbished to a contemporary aesthetic design.

The original 1972 elevator interior will be demolished and replaced with new surfaces that match the newer elevator finishes in Crockett and Fannin halls.

The work will take five days to complete, so the elevator will be shut down at 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 9, and returned to service on Tuesday, November 16.

WHAT ELSE? This interior work is the final phase of the complete renovation of the Wichita Hall elevator.

HOW? This project is funded by the District Service Center as part of the upgrade of elevators throughout the District.

HOW ELSE? Signs have been posted directing elevator riders to the Crockett Hall elevator to be used as an alternative route to the second floor of Wichita Hall during the renovation process.

T-Dust Alert #28 – Print Shop and Mail Room Move to New Location in Wichita Hall

WHAT?  The print shop and mail room will move from their temporary location in the Planetarium to the new, permanent home in Wichita Hall, WH160.

WHERE?  WH160 is located on the first floor near the northwest corner of newly renovated Wichita Hall. 

HOW?  To access the new location take the hallway that runs west between WH159 (drop-in computer lab) and WH187 (machine room) from the main hallway. 

WHEN?  The temporary print shop and mail room will be open at the current location during normal operating hours on Monday, November 1, but will be closed all day on Tuesday, November 2, for the move.  Services will open in the new location on Wednesday, November 3, at 7 a.m.

WHAT ELSE?   New mail boxes will be installed as soon as they arrive; however, until then the temporary baskets will continue to be used for mail sorting.  The new mail wall slots for depositing Richland and District mail will be in place on Wednesday.