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T-Dust Alert #72 UPDATE – Building Heating Shut Down on East Side of Campus


WHAT?  
A hot water pipe leak has affected the hot water system that heats campus buildings.  

WHERE?  The water leak is north of Fannin Hall and affects the hot water system that supplies heat to all the buildings on the east side of campus.  Domestic water supplied to the restrooms.  The buildings on the west side of campus will not be affected.   

HOW?  Facilities Services has submitted an emergency repair requisition, and the work has been approved to proceed immediately. 

WHO?  Double M Mechanical is the contractor who will conduct the repair work.

WHEN?  Due to the recent inclement weather, the pipe repair work has been partially delayed.  It is now scheduled to be completed by close of day on Wednesday, January 9.  The system will then have to be re-filled and water properly circulated prior to efficiently producing heat once again on or about Friday.

WHAT ELSE?  Should your work area be uncomfortably cold, you may request temporary space heaters from Facilities Services.  Please pardon any temporary inconvenience or discomfort this situation may cause.  Your understanding and cooperation continue to be appreciated during the course of this work.      

HOW ELSE?  This project is being funded by Richland College.

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


T-Dust Alert #72 – Building Heating Shut Down on East Side of Campus

WHAT?  A hot water pipe leak has affected the hot water system that heats campus buildings.

WHERE?  The water leak is north of Fannin Hall and affects the hot water system that supplies heat to all the buildings on the east side of campus.  Domestic water supplied to the restrooms.  The buildings on the west side of campus will not be affected.   

HOW?  Facilities Services has submitted an emergency repair requisition, and the work has been approved to proceed immediately. 

WHO?  Double M Mechanical is the contractor who will conduct the repair work.

WHEN?  Due to the recent inclement weather, the pipe repair work has been partially delayed. It is now scheduled to be completed by close of day on Wednesday, January 9. The system will then have to be re-filled and water properly circulated prior to efficiently producing heat once again on or about Friday.

WHAT ELSE?  Should your work area be uncomfortably cold, you may request temporary space heaters from Facilities Services.  Please pardon any temporary inconvenience or discomfort this situation may cause. Your understanding and cooperation continue to be appreciated during the course of this work.     

HOW ELSE?  This project is being funded by Richland College.


T-Dust Alert #71 – Waterproofing of the Main Bridge

WHAT?  It is necessary to waterproof the main bridge on campus.

WHY?  There are numerous leaks at the expansion joints on both ends of the bridge causing water to seep into sections of the El Paso Hallway.

WHERE?  The aboveground bridge extending over the El Paso Hallway will be closed; however, access between the two sides of campus will remain available through the inside El Paso Hallway and the North Bridge and South Bridge.

WHEN?  This work will begin Monday, December 17, and will continue throughout the Winter Break to be completed by January 16.

HOW?  This project will require jackhammering and saw cutting, so noise is anticipated in the early stages of the work.

WHO?  Waterproofing Technology Incorporated is the contractor completing the work.

HOW ELSE?  This project is being funded by Richland College.

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 #70 – Campus-wide Elevator Inspections

WHAT?  It is necessary for all elevators on campus to undergo routine cathodic protection inspection.

WHY?  Cathodic protection is the prevention of corrosion on piping that maintains contact with ground surfaces, and all hydraulic piping in the pits of the elevators must have cathodic protection.

WHEN?  The inspections are scheduled to occur and be completed on October 11, 2018.

WHERE?  Each elevator will undergo this inspection, and each inspection will take approximately 30 minutes.

WHO?  The contracted work will be conducted by Corrosion Control Resources.

HOW?  Please identify in advance alternate elevators and alternate paths you can use when your usual elevator is undergoing this inspection.

HOW ELSE?  This project is being funded with Richland College institutional funds.

WHAT ELSE?  Please pardon any temporary inconvenience this preventive maintenance 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://richlandcollege.edu/construction


T-Dust Alert #69 – Improvements to Outdoor Wireless Connection

WHAT?  Information Technology will be installing wireless access points to the exteriors of some buildings on campus.

WHY?  This project will improve Richland College’s wireless access and services by providing outdoor wireless connection to these expanded areas of campus.

WHERE?  The access points will be installed outside the following buildings:  Bonham, Crockett, Fannin, Guadalupe, Lavaca, Neches, Thunderduck, and Wichita halls.

WHEN?  This installation will take place during the remaining weekends in September.

HOW?  This project will require some drilling, so temporary construction sites and some construction noise should be expected.

WHO?  Information Technology has contracted Netsync Network Solutions to complete the work.

HOW ELSE?  This project is being funded by Richland College institutional 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 https://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction


T-Dust Alert #68 – East Side Campus Carpet Replacement

WHAT?  In our continuing efforts to upgrade campus facilities, carpet throughout the east side of campus is being replaced.
 
WHY?  The carpet is worn and soiled from years of use.
 
HOW?  The replacement work will take place at night after classes have ended for the day.  The work will progress in sections from one end of each building to the next with completed sections being re-opened for use the following class day.
 
WHERE?  This carpet replacement is scheduled for the first and second floors of Bonham, Del Rio, Medina, and Lavaca halls and the main floor of Guadalupe Hall.
 
WHEN?  The work is commencing immediately, and is scheduled to be completed by August 31, 2018. 
 
HOW ELSE?  This Facilities Services project is being funded by Richland College Fund 11 deferred 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 https://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction 


T-Dust Alert #67 – Winter Break Renovations Schedule – Subway, El Paso Hall, and Thunderduck Hall

WHAT?  During the upcoming Winter Break, the following renovations will take place:

  • Subway will be remodeled to update its quality of service delivery and appearance.
  • Ceiling tiles, lighting, and carpet will be replaced throughout El Paso Hall.
  • Carpet will be replaced in Thunderduck Hall.

HOW?  Subway will be closed off from the Student Cafeteria area, and remodeling and construction work will be accessed from the El Paso loading dock.  The Student Cafeteria seating areas will remain accessible throughout the Subway renovation. 

WHERE?  Doors and corridors to El Paso Hall and Thunderduck Hall will be blocked temporarily in sections, as needed, while carpet and some sections of ceiling tiles are replaced.  This work will move from one end of the buildings to the other, and sections will be re-opened as soon as possible. 

WHEN?  This work is scheduled to begin on Friday, December 8, 2017, and will conclude January 16, 2018The majority of the work is anticipated to be done when the buildings are closed at night

WHO?  During the Subway renovation closure, Follett Bookstore and Cafe will be serving its usual assortment of breakfast sandwiches, muffins, yogurt, salads, lunch sandwiches, fruit, and hummus snacks, along with chips, drinks, and other snacks.  Hours of operation can be accessed at https://www.bkstr.com/richlandstore/store-info-contact-us#hours.

HOW ELSE?  The renovations are being funded by Richland College and Subway.

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 https://richlandcollege.edu/construction 


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.