Category Archives: General Updates

T-Dust Alert #57 – Del Rio Elevator Repair Closure

WHAT? The Del Rio Hall elevator requires major repair to its hydraulic jack assembly.

WHY? The hydraulic jack assembly has failed after more than 40 years of safely delivering students to classes and labs on two floors.

WHEN? The repair work will begin Tuesday, September 15, from 11 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and continue on this nightly schedule for approximately four weeks.

HOW? The repair work requires noisy jack hammering to break out the concrete in the elevator pit floor and repair the hydraulic jack, so all work is scheduled to take place nights and weekends when classes are not in session.

WHERE? Signage directing physically challenged individuals to alternate elevators in Bonham and Medina halls is being posted.

WHO? The work is being conducted by Texas Independent Elevator, Richland College’s contracted elevator service provider, in compliance with all environmental regulations.

HOW FUNDED? The funding for this emergency repair is being provided from the Richland College Fund Balance.


T-Dust Alert #56 – Parking Lot C Renovation Completion Update

WHAT? Parking Lot C has been undergoing major replacement renovation since July 6, 2015.

HOW? The existing asphalt was removed and is being replaced with concrete, providing longer lasting stability and requiring considerably less maintenance.

HOW ELSE? The installation of the concrete has been poured in sections with the last section scheduled to be poured on Thursday, August 27.

WHEN? Before access to and use of Parking Lot C is made available, a 28-day curing time is required from the date of the last pour to ensure compressive strength and durability of the pavement. Weather permitting, Parking Lot C will be released back into use on Tuesday, September 29.

WHO? Facilities Services is working with College Police to schedule officers to direct traffic so students arriving on campus the first week of the fall semester can be directed to alternative parking locations on campus.

WHAT ELSE? Parking Lot C contains 11 handicapped parking spaces that will not be accessible until the parking lot is released back into use. However, there are 17 handicapped parking spaces in Parking Lot D and 24 handicapped parking spaces in Parking Lot A.

WHERE ELSE? Richland College has always exceeded the required ADA code in the number of handicapped parking spaces on campus. However, until Parking Lot C is released back into use, Facilities Services will add temporary handicapped parking spaces in reasonable proximity to Parking Lot C.

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


T-Dust Alert #41 – 2013 Spring Break Facilities Services Projects
WHAT?  The following maintenance projects will be completed during the 2013 Spring Break:
*  replacement of a main water valve in Sabine Hall;
*  upgrade to direct digital thermostats in Alamito Hall;
*  installation of computer keyboard trays in the Library computer lab and B217/B218 computer labs;
*  annual preventative maintenance of cooling tower systems;
*  installation of automatic frequency drive on chiller #2;
*  maintenance of HVAC controls in Sabine Hall;
*  new window tint in various locations with Western exposure;
*  construction wall for hallway in B220 area;
*  upgrade of Neches elevator controls;
*  detailed cleaning of classrooms; and
*  testing of campus fire alarm system.
WHEN?  Spring Break is scheduled from 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, to 6 a.m. on Monday, March 25, and all college buildings will be closed and locked down to allow an uninterrupted period for these repairs, renovations, maintenance, and updates of campus facilities to be completed.
WHO?  Facilities services staff and outside contractors will be involved in completing the various projects.
HOW?  Students, faculty, and staff will not be allowed in college buildings during the Spring Break lock down due to noise, dust, disruption of utilities.  The lock down is to ensure the safety and security of non-Facilities Services individuals and to allow Facilities Services staff and contractors complete, unimpeded access to all areas of the college.
WHAT ELSE?  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
WHERE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction

WHAT? The following maintenance projects will be completed during the 2013 Spring Break:

*  replacement of a main water valve in Sabine Hall;

*  upgrade to direct digital thermostats in Alamito Hall;

*  installation of computer keyboard trays in the Library computer lab and B217/B218 computer labs;

*  annual preventative maintenance of cooling tower systems;

*  installation of automatic frequency drive on chiller #2;

*  maintenance of HVAC controls in Sabine Hall;

*  new window tint in various locations with Western exposure;

*  construction wall for hallway in B220 area;

*  upgrade of Neches elevator controls;

*  detailed cleaning of classrooms; and

*  testing of campus fire alarm system.

WHEN? Spring Break is scheduled from 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, to 6 a.m. on Monday, March 25, and all college buildings will be closed and locked down to allow an uninterrupted period for these repairs, renovations, maintenance, and updates of campus facilities to be completed.

WHO? Facilities services staff and outside contractors will be involved in completing the various projects.

HOW? Students, faculty, and staff will not be allowed in college buildings during the Spring Break lock down due to noise, dust, disruption of utilities.  The lock down is to ensure the safety and security of non-Facilities Services individuals and to allow Facilities Services staff and contractors complete, unimpeded access to all areas of the college.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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


T-Dust Alert #40 – Employee Lounge Temporarily Re-Purposed During OPRIE Work Space Renovation
WHAT?  The Employee Lounge has been temporarily re-purposed to house the Office of Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness (OPRIE) staff.
WHY?  The OPRIE work space is currently being renovated, and staff were required to vacate their offices for space reconfiguration, HVAC upgrades, carpet replacement, and furniture installation to be completed.
WHERE?  The Employee Lounge is located in E055, and the permanent OPRIE location is N205.
HOW?  Employees are asked temporarily to dine in other areas of the Student Cafeteria until the renovation is completed and the Employee Lounge is returned to its original configuration.
WHEN?  The renovation is scheduled to be completed by January 18.
WHO?  The renovation work in N205 is being completed by an external contractor.
HOW ELSE?  The renovation project is being funded through the Richland College Fund Balance.
WHAT ELSE?  Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this temporary re-purposing of the Employee Lounge.
WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction

WHAT? The Employee Lounge has been temporarily re-purposed to house the Office of Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness (OPRIE) staff.

WHY? The OPRIE work space is currently being renovated, and staff were required to vacate their offices for space reconfiguration, HVAC upgrades, carpet replacement, and furniture installation to be completed.

WHERE? The Employee Lounge is located in E055, and the permanent OPRIE location is N205.

HOW? Employees are asked temporarily to dine in other areas of the Student Cafeteria until the renovation is completed and the Employee Lounge is returned to its original configuration.

WHEN? The renovation is scheduled to be completed by January 18.

WHO? The renovation work in N205 is being completed by an external contractor.

HOW ELSE? The renovation project is being funded through the Richland College Fund Balance.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this temporary re-purposing of the Employee Lounge.

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


T-Dust Alert #39 – Carpet Replacement Project Phase IV
WHAT?  Please pardon our ThunderDust and make way for more campus improvements!  As part of ongoing efforts to maintain Richland College facilities in optimum condition in support of our mission of teaching, learning, and community building, the next phase of the carpet replacement project will take place during the next 12 weeks.
WHY?  Carpet in Neches, Medina, Del Rio, and Bonham halls is nearing the end of its projected useful life, resulting in worn appearance and making it increasingly difficult to keep clean.
WHEN? AND WHERE?  Beginning Monday, December 10, at 9:00 p.m., existing carpet will be removed and replaced on the first floor of Neches Hall.  The process will continue until approximately 6:30 a.m. the next morning.  The second floor will be removed and replaced next.
WHERE ELSE?  The sequential replacement process will continue in Medina, Del Rio, and Bonham halls.  Current completion projections are for Neches to take one week, Medina three weeks, Bonham three weeks, and Del Rio three to four weeks.  The floors in all offices and work rooms in these four buildings should be as clear of books, papers, and personal items as possible so that work is not impeded.  All work during normal business days when the college is open will be conducted at night to minimize interruption to instruction and services.
WHAT ELSE?  Carpet tiles and mastic used in the process contain low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to maintain a healthy environment in the buildings.  All removed carpet will be recycled to avoid deposit in the landfill.
HOW?  The carpet contractor is Gomez Flooring, and the total cost of the project is $463,460.  Deferred Maintenance Plan funds for this work are being provided from the Richland College fund balance.
WHO?  Please contact Austin Longacre, Facilities Services major projects/fleet supervisor, at x6922 with any questions you may have about the project or in preparing the affected spaces for the removal and replacement of carpet.
WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction

WHAT? Please pardon our ThunderDust and make way for more campus improvements!  As part of ongoing efforts to maintain Richland College facilities in optimum condition in support of our mission of teaching, learning, and community building, the next phase of the carpet replacement project will take place during the next 12 weeks.

WHY? Carpet in Neches, Medina, Del Rio, and Bonham halls is nearing the end of its projected useful life, resulting in worn appearance and making it increasingly difficult to keep clean.

WHEN? AND WHERE? Beginning Monday, December 10, at 9:00 p.m., existing carpet will be removed and replaced on the first floor of Neches Hall.  The process will continue until approximately 6:30 a.m. the next morning.  The second floor will be removed and replaced next.

WHERE ELSE? The sequential replacement process will continue in Medina, Del Rio, and Bonham halls.  Current completion projections are for Neches to take one week, Medina three weeks, Bonham three weeks, and Del Rio three to four weeks.  The floors in all offices and work rooms in these four buildings should be as clear of books, papers, and personal items as possible so that work is not impeded.  All work during normal business days when the college is open will be conducted at night to minimize interruption to instruction and services.

WHAT ELSE? Carpet tiles and mastic used in the process contain low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to maintain a healthy environment in the buildings.  All removed carpet will be recycled to avoid deposit in the landfill.

HOW? The carpet contractor is Gomez Flooring, and the total cost of the project is $463,460.  Deferred Maintenance Plan funds for this work are being provided from the Richland College fund balance.

WHO? Please contact Austin Longacre, Facilities Services major projects/fleet supervisor, at x6922 with any questions you may have about the project or in preparing the affected spaces for the removal and replacement of carpet.

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


T-Dust Alert #38 – Temporary Reduction of Cooling to the East Campus August 24-26
WHAT?  Nearing completion of the Lake Thunderduck North Bridge Piping Replacement Project, which began November 22, 2010, it will be necessary to shut down air conditioning to the east campus in order to connect the new above-ground pipes that have been installed to carry heated and chilled water across the north bridge from the Central Plant in Pecos Hall to the east campus for HVAC service.
WHEN?  The replacement project was originally scheduled to be completed by Sunday, August 19; however, due to unanticipated asbestos abatement required of some of the underground piping and the unintentional severing of unmarked utility lines by the contractor requiring hand excavation of the lines, the project completion has been delayed one week.
WHY?  The original pipes were laid under the lake during campus construction in the early 1970s to carry water from the boilers and chillers for heating and cooling east campus buildings.  After 40 years, the pipes have deteriorated, becoming less efficient and having begun to leak.
WHEN ELSE?  Following the end of All Faculty Convocation activities at approximately 10:30 p.m. on August 23, the old pipes under Upper Lake Thunderduck will be drained to allow connection to the new pipes in the large underground valve pits located southeast of Pecos Hall and north of Fannin Hall.
HOW?  There will be no air conditioning available on the east side of campus, Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25.  Temporary cooling units will be placed in the Test Center, School of Engineering, Business and Technology, School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications, and Physical Education division offices.  The computer server room located in Bonham Hall operates on a separate cooling system, so east campus computer data will be protected throughout the shutdown.  This conversion will not affect electrical service to the east campus.  Air conditioning in Kiowa Hall will not be affected.  Buildings on the west campus will not be affected except for possible, intermittent warmer-than-usual areas.
WHAT ELSE?  After the reconnected system is tested late Saturday, August 25, or early Sunday, August 26, conditioned air will begin to flow cooling the east campus for the start of fall classes on Monday, August 27.  The existing pedestrian bridge between Fannin Hall and Pecos Hall will be reopened around this same date.
HOW MUCH?  The budget for planning and construction of the new bridge and pipe project is $1.3 million.  District provided $650,000 with the balance of funding for the complete project being provided by Richland’s fund balance.
WHO?  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this conversion and the period in which the north bridge has been out of service to make this vital campus improvement possible.
WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts may be found at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/construction

WHAT? Nearing completion of the Lake Thunderduck North Bridge Piping Replacement Project, which began November 22, 2010, it will be necessary to shut down air conditioning to the east campus in order to connect the new above-ground pipes that have been installed to carry heated and chilled water across the north bridge from the Central Plant in Pecos Hall to the east campus for HVAC service.

WHEN? The replacement project was originally scheduled to be completed by Sunday, August 19; however, due to unanticipated asbestos abatement required of some of the underground piping and the unintentional severing of unmarked utility lines by the contractor requiring hand excavation of the lines, the project completion has been delayed one week.

WHY? The original pipes were laid under the lake during campus construction in the early 1970s to carry water from the boilers and chillers for heating and cooling east campus buildings.  After 40 years, the pipes have deteriorated, becoming less efficient and having begun to leak.

WHEN ELSE? Following the end of All Faculty Convocation activities at approximately 10:30 p.m. on August 23, the old pipes under Upper Lake Thunderduck will be drained to allow connection to the new pipes in the large underground valve pits located southeast of Pecos Hall and north of Fannin Hall.

HOW? There will be no air conditioning available on the east side of campus, Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25.  Temporary cooling units will be placed in the Test Center, School of Engineering, Business and Technology, School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications, and Physical Education division offices.  The computer server room located in Bonham Hall operates on a separate cooling system, so east campus computer data will be protected throughout the shutdown.  This conversion will not affect electrical service to the east campus.  Air conditioning in Kiowa Hall will not be affected.  Buildings on the west campus will not be affected except for possible, intermittent warmer-than-usual areas.

WHAT ELSE? After the reconnected system is tested late Saturday, August 25, or early Sunday, August 26, conditioned air will begin to flow cooling the east campus for the start of fall classes on Monday, August 27.  The existing pedestrian bridge between Fannin Hall and Pecos Hall will be reopened around this same date.

HOW MUCH? The budget for planning and construction of the new bridge and pipe project is $1.3 million.  District provided $650,000 with the balance of funding for the complete project being provided by Richland’s fund balance.

WHO? Thank you for your patience and understanding during this conversion and the period in which the north bridge has been out of service to make this vital campus improvement possible.

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


T-Dust Alert #37 – Mobility Assistance Shuttle Service During A & B Parking Lot Renovation

WHAT? A shuttle service for students, faculty, and staff with mobility issues will be offered throughout the A & B Parking Lot renovation project.

WHERE? The shuttle service will run from the sidewalk where Parking Lots C & D meet and transport riders to the north entrance of Thunderduck Hall.

WHEN? This shuttle service will begin on Thursday, October 20. Shuttle service will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays; and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays until the resurfacing project is completed.

WHAT ELSE? For additional convenience, two benches, one just south of Sabine Hall and another along the sidewalk leading to Thunderduck Hall, have been installed as resting points for anyone walking from Parking Lots C & D to Thunderduck Hall.

AND THEN WHAT ELSE? To enhance pedestrian safety for students, faculty, and staff needing to navigate the project area, additional temporary fencing is being installed to prevent slips and falls from foot traffic on the grassy area northwest of Thunderduck Hall. Additional crosswalk markings will be installed to indicate where pedestrians should safely cross the service drive, and signs will be installed to advise vehicles using the service drive to stop for pedestrians crossing the service drive.

WHEN ELSE? The resurfacing project is tentatively scheduled to last through the week of November 20, 2011, if the weather cooperates.

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


T-Dust Alert #36 – Renovation of Parking Lots A & B

WHAT? It has become necessary to demolish, renovate, and resurface Parking Lots A & B.

WHERE? These lots are located west of ThunderDuck Hall and south of Sabine Hall.

WHY? Investigation has shown that the aging, inadequate sub-base is contributing to recurring potholes and can no longer sustain heavy, daily, vehicular traffic.

WHAT ELSE? Due to the extensive nature of the project scope, Parking Lots A & B will be completely inaccessible to students, staff, and faculty throughout the duration of the project.

WHEN? The resurfacing project will begin on October 10, 2011 October 12, 2011, and will tentatively last through the week of November 20, 2011, weather permitting.

HOW? Both parking lots will be taken down below the sub-base to construct a solid foundation. Once a stable sub-base is in place, a 6″ deep mix containing the existing asphalt and new material (asphalt mill) will be laid. A 2″ finishing layer of asphalt will be installed on top of the sub-base and asphalt mill.

HOW ELSE? Temporary ADA parking spaces will be created and located in Parking Lots C and D along the southern edge of both lots. Ride sharing is encouraged to mitigate the temporary loss of all A & B parking spaces.

HOW MUCH? This necessary project is being funded by $361,566 from Richland’s Fund Balance.

WHO? College Police will be actively involved in traffic control during the first week of renovation. Temporary signage will also be installed to help direct traffic during the project.

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


T-Dust Alert #35 – Repair of El Paso Bridge Surface

WHAT? The concrete surface on the El Paso bridge will have selected sections removed and repaired.

WHERE? The area of work is located in the bridge section between the Fannin/Lavaca and Crockett/Alamito breezeways.

WHY? Over time, settling and shifting of the concrete has allowed rainwater to penetrate through to the sub-surface and eventually on to the ceiling of the lower level including a classroom and the cafeteria.

HOW? The contractor will cut out the bad sections, apply a seal, and replace with new concrete.

WHEN? Demolition will begin on Saturday, July 23, with the project scheduled to take 17 working days.

WHO? All work will be accomplished by an outside contractor.

WHAT ELSE? Access across the bridge will be reduced but remain open to pedestrians during campus hours.

THEN WHAT ELSE? There may be periods of noise and dust associated with demolition of the old concrete, so thank you for your patience and understanding as this campus improvement is made.

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


T-Dust Alert #34 – Pavement Repair of Westbound Right-Turn Lane to Abrams Road

WHAT? Due to pavement failure, it is necessary to re-surface the westbound/northbound right-turn lane at the Yield sign from Flickering Shadow Drive onto Abrams Road.

WHERE? This is the main intersection at the west entrance to campus.

WHY? The pavement has failed due to heavy traffic flow and the weight over time of DART buses.

HOW? The old pavement will be saw cut and demolished.  Then the substructure will be steel-reinforced with new concrete poured and cured.

HOW ELSE? With the lane closed for repair, motorists will be able to make right-hand turns from the right lane at the stop light.

WHEN? The work will be conducted, weather permitting, from Wednesday, March 30, through Sunday, April 3, with the repaired lane scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 4.

WHO? The work will be conducted by an outside contractor.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your cooperation and patience during the repair work.

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