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