Monthly Archives: December 2019

T-Dust Alert #82 – Fire Systems Inspections

WHAT?  It is time for an annual inspection of Richland’s campus-wide fire alarm and suppression systems.

WHERE?  The audio/visual and pull station systems, building-fire suppression system (sprinkler system), and fire extinguishers in all buildings will be inspected.

HOW?  The fire suppression and fire extinguisher testing is conducted behind the scenes; however, the contractor must activate and test the operational effectiveness of the audio/visual and pull station system.

WHO?  Cintas Fire Systems is the vendor contracted by the District to inspect annually all District buildings.

WHEN?  Certain inspections are currently underway, but the contractor will test the audio/visual system on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

WHAT ELSE?  Richland Facilities Services personnel will announce, via the campus-wide public address system, at the beginning of these audible alarm tests that “This is a test of the Richland College fire alarm system.  This is only a test.  Please do not evacuate.”  When all the tests are completed, the message “Tests are complete” will be announced.

WHAT IF?  In the event a true emergency were coincidently to occur during the testing, the public address message would indicate the proper instructions for the situation.

HOW ELSE?  This annual inspection is being funded by the Richland College Facilities Services general operational budget.

WHAT ELSE?  Please pardon any temporary interruption and inconvenience this vital testing may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated during this work.

WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at

T-Dust Alert #81 – Temporary Closure of Lower Level El Paso Hall and Neches Hall Restrooms for Maintenance

WHAT? Richland College has two of its sewage injector systems that need to be reconditioned.

WHERE? These two systems are located in El Paso Hallway rooms E068 and E002.

HOW? Both systems will be taken off line, pumped out, and refurbished.

WHO? District has contracted with a City of Dallas-approved contractor to complete this project

WHEN? The contractor will start this project on Friday, December 20, 2019.

WHAT ELSE? During this project, restrooms E051, E053, E072, E074, N121, N127 and the Neches second floor family restroom will be closed.  It is anticipated that all these restrooms will reopen on or before January 8, 2020.  While these restrooms are closed, Thunderduck Hall, Fannin Hall, and Crockett Hall restrooms will be available for use.

HOW ELSE? This project is funded by District Deferred Maintenance funds.

WHAT ELSE? Please pardon any temporary inconvenience that this improvement work may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated during this work.

WHERE ELSE? Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at

T-Dust Alert #80 – Sabine Hall Roof Replacement Process

WHAT?  It is necessary to replace the roof on Sabine Hall.

WHEN?  The work is scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 5, 2019, and will take three weeks to complete.

WHO?  Parsons Roofing is the contractor who will be conducting the work as part of a districtwide re-roofing initiative.

WHERE?  To begin work on this project, it will be necessary to close the Service Drive along the south side of Sabine Hall, the Sabine Hall south entrance, and the Sabine Hall/El Paso Hall loading dock to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic Thursday, December 5, and Friday, December 6.

WHY?  This Service Drive closure is necessary to allow the roofing company to mobilize a crane and lift roofing supplies and other construction materials onto the upper penthouse roof and lower roof sections.  While the crane is in place, pedestrian traffic will be diverted around the work area to ensure the safety of students and staff.  The crane will be removed and the service road will reopen for use this weekend.

HOW?  It has also been necessary to block portions of Parking Lot B as an area to store and stage roofing materials during the duration of the project.

HOW ELSE?  This project is funded, scheduled, and managed by the Facilities Management Department at the District Service Center.

 WHAT ELSE?  Please pardon any temporary inconvenience this improvement work may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated during this work.