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T-Dust Alert #66 – Parking Lot D Closure for Surface Improvements
WHAT?  Parking Lot D will be renovated to improve deteriorated parking and driving surfaces.
 
WHY?  This resurfacing will provide longer lasting surface stability and reduce the amount of future maintenance necessary.
 
HOW?  Barricades and perimeter fencing will be installed to identify and prevent access into the construction area(s) during the work. The existing asphalt will be removed and replaced with concreteAppropriate detour signage and College Police assistance will be provided to re-direct drivers to alternate parking areas on the west side of campus, as well as to assist with pedestrian safety.
 
WHEN?  The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 16, 2017, and will conclude January 18, 2017, weather permitting. 
 
WHERE?  Parking Lot D will be unavailable for public use until the pavement improvements are completed. 
 
HOW ELSE?  The project is funded by DCCCD Facilities maintenance funds.
 
WHAT ELSE?  Please pardon any temporary inconvenience this improvement work may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated as you find alternative parking during the course of this work. 
 
WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction 

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.


T-Dust Alert #63 – Guadalupe Double-Check Valve Repair Near Guadalupe Hall

WHAT? Facilities Services has received notification that the city of Dallas will conduct work to repair a double-check water supply valve on campus.

WHERE? This double-check valve supplies water to Guadalupe Hall and Medina Hall.

WHEN? The valve repair work will be conducted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and will take three to four hours to complete.

HOW? The valve repair work will require that the water supply be shut off to the two buildings. The exact time of the work has not been confirmed by the city of Dallas, but it is hoped that it will be early Wednesday morning. Richland Facilities Operations will post signs on the restrooms in the two buildings during the time the water supply is shut off.

WHERE ELSE? A section of the sidewalk leading to the Guadalupe Hall ADA ramp will have to be removed to complete the work.

WHAT THEN? The ADA accessible route from Parking Lots Y and Z will be blocked until the concrete is poured and has properly cured.

HOW ELSE? Richland Facilities Services will create an emergency requisition to complete the concrete work should the work by the city of Dallas exceed an acceptable amount of time. Richland Landscape Services will post ADA accessible route detour signage to Del Rio Hall from Parking Lots Y and Z during the course of the concrete work.

WHO? Individuals needing to access ADA parking at the Guadalupe Hall drop-off circle will be unaffected and will have ramp accessibility.

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

WHERE ELSE? Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at https://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction


T-Dust Alert #62 – Neches, Medina, and Crockett Elevator Upgrades

WHAT? Renovation work will be conducted to upgrade campus elevators.

WHERE? In this phase of the work, upgrades will be conducted on the Neches, Medina, and Crockett elevators.

WHEN? The work is scheduled to begin on May 12, 2017, and will conclude on June 18, 2017. The work will be staged according to the following schedule:

  • Neches: May 12 to May 18
  • Medina: May 12 to May 28
  • Crockett: May 16 to June 18

HOW? The elevators will be inoperative during the work according to the schedule listed above. Directional signage will be posted for all three elevators providing directions to access alternate elevators. During the Neches elevator work period, all classes scheduled on the second floor of Neches Hall will be relocated to other classrooms on campus to eliminate any access problems for students requiring access to the second floor but who would not have access due to the Neches elevator being inoperable.

WHO? The work will be completed by Texas Independent Elevator Company, a DCCCD-contracted elevator maintenance company.

HOW ELSE? The project is being funded by District Safety and Security funds.

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

WHERE ELSE? Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction


T-Dust Alert #61 – Parking Lot E Surface Improvements

WHAT?  Parking Lot E will be renovated to improve deteriorated parking and driving surfaces.

HOW?  Barricades and perimeter fencing will be installed to identify and prevent access into the construction area(s). The existing asphalt will be removed and replaced with concrete to provide longer lasting stability requiring considerably less maintenance.  Appropriate detour signage will be placed where needed to re-direct drivers and pedestrians during the work.

WHERE?  Parking Lot E will be unavailable for public use until pavement improvements are completed.

WHEN?  The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and will conclude March 31, 2017, weather permitting. 

HOW ELSE?  The project is funded by DCCCD Facilities maintenance funds.

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


T-Dust Alert #60 – Renovation of Guadalupe Hall Locker Rooms

WHAT? The Guadalupe Hall locker rooms are undergoing a complete renovation.

WHERE? This renovation only affects the locker rooms and not the Dance Studio, Fitness Center, or any areas or activities on the upper-level of Guadalupe Hall. For those Thunderducks continuing to work out during the renovation, alternative shower locations are available in:

· Pecos Hall PH111 Male 2 showers
· Pecos Hall PH143 Female 1 shower
· Sabine Hall SH141 Family 1 shower
· Sabine Hall SH142 Family 1 shower
· Sabine Hall SH241 Family 1 shower

WHEN? Project work commenced on October 10, 2016, and is anticipated to be completed by March 1, 2017.

WHY? These locker rooms are original to the 1972 opening of the Richland College campus and require renovation upgrades to meet current Title IX Gender Equity compliance and contemporary mechanical and aesthetics designs.

HOW? This renovation project is being funded by the Richland College Fund Balance at a cost of $1.4 million.

WHERE ELSE? Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at https://richlandcollege.edu/construction


T-Dust Alert #59 – Walnut Street Temporary Lane Closures

WHAT?  The Richland East Drive access off Walnut Street will be partially blocked due to necessary road work. 

HOW?  This work will require temporary lane closures to accommodate the work area.

WHERE?  The right turn lane for the Richland East Drive on eastbound Walnut Street will be partially blocked but can be used past the point of the road work.  The outer left turn lane on the Richland East Drive heading toward westbound Walnut Street will also be closed so the contractor can work on the Walnut Street median.  Closures will be properly marked to assist drivers in negotiating around the road work.     

WHEN?  The work will begin on Tuesday, September 20, and will conclude in two weeks, weather permitting. 

HOW ELSE?  The project is funded by DCCCD Facilities maintenance funds.

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

WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction 


T-Dust Alert #58 – West Service Drive Renovation

WHAT?  The west service drive adjacent to Pecos, Hondo, and Wichita halls will undergo major renovation.

HOW?  The existing asphalt will be removed and replaced with concrete to provide longer lasting stability requiring considerably less maintenance.

WHEN?  The installation of the concrete will require the service drive to be closed for approximately six to eight weeks.  The renovation will begin March 1, 2016, and the anticipated date for completion is April 20, 2016.

WHO?  Facilities Services will work with College Police to cordon off the renovation area prohibiting any deliveries usually made via this service drive.

WHAT ELSE?  All pedestrian walkways will be cordoned off to prevent travel to and from the renovation area.

WHERE ELSE?  Facilities will strategically locate pathway signs to provide direction around the renovation area.

HOW ELSE?  This campus upgrade project is being funded by DCCCD Deferred Maintenance Funds.

WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction


T-Dust Alert #58 – Partial Neches/Alamito East Sidewalk Closure

WHAT? A portion of the sidewalk extending along the east side from the first floor of Neches Hall to Alamito Hall will have to be closed temporarily.

WHY? A second-floor landing must be constructed, spanning from the new exterior Alamito elevator into the second floor interior hallway of Alamito Hall.

HOW AND WHERE? Sidewalk barricades will be erected from the southeast corner of Alamito Hall to the northeast corner of Alamito Hall beneath the work, and signage will be installed directing pedestrians to alternate sidewalk paths around the construction and other campus buildings.

WHEN? The barricades will be installed this Saturday, September 26, and will remain in place through the duration of the elevator construction that is scheduled to be completed by November 30, 2015.

HOW FUNDED? This construction is part of the $2 million ADA renovation project being funded through the District Deferred Maintenance budget.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your understanding and patience with any inconvenience this temporary barrier might cause.