Monthly Archives: June 2017

T-Dust Alert #65 – Modernization of Air Conditioning System – Guadalupe Hall Upper Floor

WHAT?  Work will be conducted to replace all air conditioning control boxes located above the ceiling.  The air conditioning system will operate normally during the work with no outages anticipated.

WHERE?  The replacement work will be conducted only in Guadalupe Hall, specifically in the small gym, main hallway, and offices.

WHEN?  The work is scheduled to begin on Friday night, June 9, and be completed by Wednesday, July 17, and will be conducted only at night between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

WHY?  The existing control boxes, operated pneumatically, date back to the original building construction in the early 1970s.  These boxes are being replaced by state-of-the-art digital controllers to improve energy efficiency and comfort and in support of the college energy plan.

WHO?  Trane is the outside contractor hired to complete the work.                

HOW?  All current ceiling tile will be removed and stored so it can be reused.  All affected areas will be cleaned each night and in order for normal daily operations.

HOW MUCH?  The project cost is $83,900, and is being funded with District maintenance funding.   

WHAT ELSE?  Please pardon any inconvenience this work may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated during the course of this work.


T-Dust Alert #64 – Lighting Fixtures and Ceiling Tile Upgrades in Thunderduck Hall Stairwells

WHAT?  Work to retrofit ceiling lighting fixtures and acoustical tiles will be conducted in Thunderduck Hall.

WHERE?  The retrofit work will be conducted only in the southwest, northwest, and east stairwells.   

WHEN?  The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 5, and be completed by Monday, June 19.

WHY?  The current recessed lighting fixtures contain four-pin compact fluorescent bulbs that must be hand-installed at heights difficult to access.  The new lighting fixtures will contain energy-efficient incandescent LED bulbs that can be changed with an extension pole while standing on the stairs. 

 WHY ELSE?  Ceiling tiles will also be upgraded to the campus standard CM 454 Bio-shield tiles that are heavier and remain stable and in place in the ceiling grid whenever positive air pressure in the stairwells increases.

 WHO?  The external contractor conducting the work is HWC Systems.              

 HOW?  The work will be conducted in one stairwell at a time to ensure that access to the building is not interrupted.  Due to the height of the ceilings, it will be necessary to erect scaffolding in the stairwells to conduct the work. 

 WHERE ELSE?  During the work in the east stairwell, the east elevator will not be accessible; however, the west elevator will remain accessible and operational throughout the duration of the work.    

 WHAT THEN?  For safety, Facilities Services will install barrier tape to cordon off each area as the work is being conducted in that area.  Facilities Services will also install temporary directional signage during the work.     

 HOW MUCH?  The cost of the work is $24,000, and is being funded with Richland College Facilities Services maintenance funds.   

 WHAT ELSE?  Please pardon any inconvenience this work may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated during the course of this work.