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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 http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction.


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 richlandcollege.edu/tdr


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.


T-Dust Alert #79 – Del Rio Hall Water Shutdown RESCHEDULED

AND NOW WHAT?  It has become necessary to reschedule the repair to the city water meter one day earlier to Thursday, October 17, at 1:00 p.m.  The details are repeated below with the newly scheduled date and time updated.  Thank you for your understanding and patience, yet again.

WHAT NOW? Due to the rain, it has become necessary to reschedule the repair to the city water meter from today to Friday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. Therefore there will be no interruption to the domestic water supply to Del Rio Hall today as previously planned. The details are repeated below with the newly scheduled date and time updated. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

WHAT? There will be a temporary shutdown of domestic water service.

WHERE? The only campus building affected by this temporary water service shutdown is Del Rio Hall.

WHEN? The shutdown will occur on Thursday, October 17, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.

WHY? This shutdown is necessary in order to replace a bad seal on the city water meter.

WHERE ELSE? This water shutdown will affect all bathrooms, water fountains, and sinks in Del Rio Hall.

WHO? The City of Dallas Water Department will fund and conduct the repair.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this temporary inconvenience.

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


T-Dust Alert #79 – Del Rio Hall Water Shutdown

WHAT? There will be a temporary shutdown of domestic water service.

WHERE? The only campus building affected by this temporary water service shutdown is Del Rio Hall.

WHEN? The shutdown will occur on Friday, October 11, from 12 noon to approximately 1:00 p.m.

WHY? This shutdown is necessary in order to replace a bad seal on the city water meter.

WHERE ELSE? This water shutdown will affect all bathrooms, water fountains, and sinks in Del Rio Hall.

WHO? The City of Dallas Water Department will fund and conduct the repair.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this temporary inconvenience.

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


T-Dust Alert #78 – Electrical Shutdown

WHAT? The temporary emergency generator is now in place and operational.  Power, lights, air conditioning, and Internet access have been restored.

WHERE? Offices in Crockett Hall and lower level El Paso Hallway (West) are back in operation. 

 HOW AND WHEN? The temporary emergency generator will supply power to these areas until 11:00 p.m. tonight at which time work will be conducted overnight to convert the power to the two new 1200-amp electrical panels.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this unforeseen event.

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


T-Dust Alert #76 – Asphalt Overlay Repair of Parking Lots V & W

WHAT? It is necessary to perform asphalt overlay repair in Parking Lots V & W to extend the use of the lots until concrete conversion is scheduled through a future deferred maintenance project.

WHERE? There will be (12) areas in Parking Lots V & W where the asphalt overlay repair will be taking place.

WHY? This maintenance project is necessary to prevent vehicle damage and extend the use of the asphalt parking lots.

HOW? The contractor will remove the loose asphalt in the areas of major failure and apply an asphalt overlay.  The contractor will then compact the overlay to match the surrounding grade and seal.

WHO? This contracted work is being performed by Pavement Services, and is being funded through the Richland College Facilities Services operating budget.

WHEN? The project will start July 16, 2019, and will take approximately 35 days to complete.

HOW ELSE? Parking Lots V & W will be closed on August 12, 2019.  Depending on how quickly the contractor can perform the work, there is a possibility that the lots will also be closed on August 13, 2019.  It is anticipated that the lots will be re-opened no later than August 14, 2019.

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


T-Dust Alert #75 – Sabine Hall Exterior Stairs Waterproofing Repair

WHAT? It is necessary to perform waterproofing maintenance on the Sabine Hall exterior staircase.

WHERE? The staircase is located on the northeast corner of Sabine Hall directly above the Follett Bookstore.

WHY? This maintenance project is necessary to prevent rain water from infiltrating into the building.

HOW? The contractor will remove the stone caps supporting the potted plants, remove several layers of brick, remove a portion of the terrace garden, and install counter-flashing to the wall adjacent and to the stairs to seal the area.

HOW ELSE? The courtyard area directly adjacent to the staircase will be barricaded for safety reasons. The Sabine Hall second floor east exterior doors leading to the terrace will be closed for the duration of the project.
WHEN? The project will start July 16, 2019, and will take approximately 35 days to complete.

WHO? This contract work is being done by Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc., and is being funded through the Richland College fund balance.

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


T-Dust Alert #74 – Water Piping Replacement Work

WHAT? It is necessary to remove some of the original chilled-and-hot-water (HVAC) piping to prepare for installation of new piping.

HOW? The HVAC water system serving the east side of the campus will need to be drained in order to install the new piping. This project will be accomplished through Deferred Maintenance Funds.

WHERE? This piping upgrade will occur on the north side of Fannin Hall.

WHY? This piping has reached the end of its performance life-cycle and must be replaced due to soil movement and piping erosion throughout the years. While this work will be a temporary inconvenience for some students, faculty, and staff, the result of having a more dependable heating and air conditioning system that is environmentally efficient is worth the cost and temporary inconvenience.

WHEN? For this work to be accomplished, all buildings on the east side of campus will be without heating or cooling from May 16 to May 22, 2019. The interruption to the water supply will also affect the domestic hot water in the locker room showers for that period. This schedule is to ensure that all buildings on the east side of campus are operational in time for the Summer I Term.

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

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


T-Dust Alert #73 – Lighting Replacement in Outdoor Breezeway Ceilings

WHAT? Facilities Services is working in collaboration with District Facilities Management to replace all breezeway ceiling light fixtures on campus.

HOW? All current incandescent light fixtures will be replaced with more energy-efficient LED fixtures.

WHERE? This light fixture replacement project will occur in the Fannin/Lavaca, Alamito/Crockett, and Crockett/Wichita breezeways.

WHEN? The project will start the week of April 15 with the Fannin/Lavaca breezeway scheduled first, and the work will continue for approximately three weeks.

WHY? This project aligns with Richland’s continuing commitment to sustainable initiatives. In the continual search for energy-saving methods, this fixture replacement will result in a reduction in electricity consumption by replacing incandescent fixtures with LED fixtures.

WHAT ELSE? This project will be managed by both Richland and District facilities employees, and is funded by District Facilities Management. Please pardon any temporary inconvenience this work may cause. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

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