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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 #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 


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