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Facilities covers a lot of ground over summer

The summer months were busy for John Shupe, assistant vice president for Facilities Management; Brian Pine, director of Operations and Maintenance; John McEnrue, director of Design and Construction, and the entire Facilities staff.

Facilities Operations and Maintenance staff maintained and kept the campus in working order by completing more than 1,600 work requests between May 21 and August 23, such as painting Grimm House and landscaping outside the Elting Gym.

According to Shupe, health and safety measures were maintained and updated with projects including the testing of the fire alarm systems in all buildings and the fire hydrants on campus. Also, outside of Capen Hall a ramp, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act was installed.

Meanwhile, the custodial team focused efforts on cleaning and preparing residence halls and classrooms for the return of students and faculty. In addition to routine cleaning, all bathrooms with showers were thoroughly washed, residence hall furniture was cleaned, heating registers were removed and cleaned, and public areas were cleaned and repainted.

Over on the other side of Facilities Management, staff in Design and Construction worked on $15,171,000 worth of projects.

A number of long-term projects were started this summer, including the installation of air conditioning units in Humanities and Jacobson Faculty Tower. And, through the State University Construction Fund (SUCF), the three-phase, three-year High Temperature Hot Water (HTHW) replacement project commenced in the Hasbrouck Complex, as well as around the Service Building.

Improvements to existing facilities were also made over the summer months. The fire alarm system in the Fine Arts Building was replaced and construction on a new maintenance warehouse and photovoltaic array station to charge the campus's fleet of electric cars also began. Additionally, emergency generators were installed in the Haggerty Administration Building, Service Building, and the Central Heating Plant.

Maintenance of the campus residence halls included interior renovations in Crispell, DuBois and LeFevre halls while the windows in Deyo and Bevier halls were replaced in time for the arrival of new students on Aug. 20.

Design and Construction also made technical improvements and upgrades on campus. College Theater Room 126 was converted into a computer lab with and the Wooster Science Building lounge (Room 212) was converted into adjunct faculty offices.

McEnrue noted the college is now able to charge a previously designated amount of money, called liquidation damages, to outside contractors for every day they go over the contracted deadline for a project. The program was instituted to maintain that all projects are completed on time.

In addition to ongoing work, Facilities Management has already begun working on a number of new projects including the Old Main renovation scheduled for 2008 and the Student Union Building expansion scheduled to begin in 2008.

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