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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.


T-Dust Alert #55 – Parking Lot C and Wichita Hall/Hondo Hall Service Drive Pavement Renovations

WHAT?  Parking Lot C and the Service Drive between Wichita Hall and Hondo Hall will be renovated to improve deteriorated parking and driving surfaces.

 WHERE?  Parking Lot C will be unavailable for public use until pavement improvements are completed, and the Service Drive will be closed to all deliveries and staff use until its renovation is completed.

 WHEN?  Work on Parking Lot C is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 6, 2015.  The Service Drive work will begin at a later date to be determined due to the STEM area construction project currently underway in Wichita Hall.  The contract mandates that the work must be completed in 70 days following the work commencing.

 HOW?  Barricades and perimeter fencing will be installed to identify and prevent access in the construction area(s).  Appropriate detour signage will be placed where needed to re-direct drivers and pedestrians during the work.

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


T-Dust Alert #54 – STEM Center and STEM Advisors Temporarily Relocate to E055

WHAT?  Due to the renovation of the STEM Center in Wichita Hall, it has been necessary temporarily to relocate the STEM Center and STEM advisors.

WHERE?  STEM advisors and the STEM Center have relocated to El Paso Hall, room E055, near the north end of Subway and next to the elevator.

WHEN?  The move has already taken place.

HOW?  Signs have been installed in Wichita Hall directing students to this temporary location, but if you see students in need of directions or STEM assistance, please direct them to E055.

HOW ELSE?  The advisors are available to advise and assist students during the following hours:  Mondays – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays – Thursdays 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Fridays – 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHEN ELSE?  STEM advisors and the STEM Center will return to their newly renovated facilities in Wichita Hall on December 1.


T-Dust Alert #53 – Print Shop and Mailroom Permanent Relocation

WHAT?  Due to the renovation and expansion of the Manufacturing and Electronics Engineering Technology labs and STEM Center, the north end of the first floor of Wichita Hall will undergo major renovation construction.

WHAT ELSE?  To accommodate this programmatic expansion it will be necessary to relocate the Print Shop and Mailroom to WH107 at the south end of Wichita Hall.

WHEN?  The Print Shop and Mailroom in the current location will be accessible via the northwest entrance to Wichita Hall through June 2.

THEN WHEN?  The Print Shop and Mailroom will be closed June 3-5 to accommodate the move to the new WH107 location and will reopen on June 8.

THEN WHAT?  The Manufacturing and Electronics Engineering Technology space renovation construction will continue through December 1, and the Wichita Hall first floor restrooms will not be accessible during the duration of construction.  In the interim, individuals will need to use the Wichita Hall second floor restrooms or the Crockett Hall first floor restrooms.

HOW?  The relocation of the Print Shop and Mailroom is being funded by the Richland College Operating Reserve, and the renovation of the Manufacturing and Electronics Engineering Technology labs and STEM Center is being funded by District Career Ladder funds and the Richland College Fund Balance.

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


T-Dust Alert #52 – Office Furniture Replacement Program Phase II – Del Rio and Guadalupe Halls

Del Rio Hall and Guadalupe Hall Colleagues – The two information forums on Wednesday, April 8, will be hosted by Facilities Services in SH117 at the times listed in this T-Dust Alert.

WHAT? Phase II of the office furniture replacement project will take place during summer 2015.

WHERE? Phase II will include the individual offices in Del Rio Hall and Guadalupe Hall.

WHAT NOT? This phase does not include replacement of furniture in academic school/division offices.

WHY? The existing office furniture has become worn, in disrepair, and not currently ADA code compliant to provide sufficient space for entrance, egress, and required wheelchair turning radius.

HOW? The furniture vendor/space planner has measured each individual office and designed each furniture configuration to maximize the space, providing work surface, lateral filing, overhead storage, task chair, and visitor chair. Three furniture options are available in most offices with sufficient space to allow the faculty and instructional support personnel to choose from a meeting table, bookcase, or an additional lateral file cabinet. The furniture will reflect the new campus standard.

HOW TO? Facilities Services will host two furniture information forums to explain the renovation process and provide the faculty and instructional support personnel an opportunity to review the furniture sample boards and select from the three furniture options:

Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
or
Wednesday, April 8, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHEN? The contents of all offices must be packed and labeled with office number by Tuesday, May 26.

WHO? Richland College Facilities Services and GCA contracted custodial services will be available to assist faculty and instructional support personnel in boxing and moving instructional materials and office contents to secure storage in the immediate area and to collect outdated, unused materials in portable recycling bins to be shredded on campus by Iron Mountain Recycling Company.

HOW ELSE? Packing boxes, tape, and labels will be provided and may be requested for delivery to individual offices by contacting Lisa Eades in Facilities Services at x6359.

WHEN ELSE? All stored office materials will be returned to individual offices no later than August 17 in preparation for faculty reporting day on August 24 .

HOW FUNDED? Funds for the various phases of the office furniture replacement project are being made possible through the Richland College Fund Balance.

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


T-Dust Alert #51 – Architectural Master Plan Input Still Being Collected

WHAT? If you were unable to attend one of the two Open Forums or six Focused Input Sessions conducted last week by Corgan Associates, Inc., architects, and facility planning consultants to provide your input into the Richland College Architectural Master Plan update, you may still submit your ideas and suggestions via e-mail.

WHY? Richland College’s Senior Leadership and Facilities Services staff need your input in helping to identify current and future strategic facilities and infrastructure space needs at Richland College and Richland College Garland Campus.

HOW? Click on kdunson@dcccd.edu to submit your written ideas and input.

WHO? Ken Dunson, Richland College director of facilities management, is collecting additional input and will provide it to the consultants for inclusion in the Architectural Master Plan update report along with the information collected in the face-to-face sessions last week.

WHEN? Please submit your input to Ken by Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

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