|May 16, 2013|
Roof Replacement Set for Jonsson, University Theatre
Facilities Management staff will replace the roof of the Jonsson Academic Center and the University Theatre beginning the week of Monday, May 20. The project will take about eight weeks to complete, weather permitting. During the project, outdoor pedestrian pathways will be altered to ensure safe passage around the buildings. Pay attention to directional signage and exercise caution when traveling through the area. Any questions about this project should be directed to Steve Lyles, assistant director of maintenance and operations, at 972-883-2148.
Parking Lot Q to be Used as Staging Area for Project
Starting Monday, May 20, parking Lot Q, near the Naveen Jindal School of Management, will be shut down and remain closed for a year. The lot, near the intersection of Drives A and G, will be used as a construction staging area during the JSOM addition– a $25 million, 107,000-square-foot project scheduled for completion in fall 2014. Parking Lots M West and M East will remain open as well as nearby Lots G, C and D. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 972-883-2141.
Parking Structure Concrete Placement Set for 2 a.m. Friday, April 12
Construction crews have scheduled a concrete placement for Parking Structure I during the early morning hours Friday, April 12, weather permitting. This activity may result in increased noise from cement trucks moving on and off the site. The five-story garage, which adjoins the Satellite Utility Plant, will add 700 covered parking spaces to campus by fall 2013. Construction activity is estimated to continue through June, with the next concrete placement set for midnight Wednesday, April 17. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 972-883-2141.
Parking Structure Concrete Placement Postponed Till Friday, April 5
Weather forecasts have forced the postponement of a concrete placement for the upcoming Parking Structure I originally set during the early morning hours on Tuesday, April 2. Construction crews are rescheduled to place the concrete around 2 a.m. Friday, April 5. This activity may result in increased noise from cement trucks moving on and off the site. The five-story garage, which adjoins the Satellite Utility Plant, will add 700 covered parking spaces to campus by fall 2013. Construction activity is estimated to continue off and on through June. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 972-883-2141.
ATEC Building Construction Fencing Dips South, Bars Sidewalk
Starting Monday, April 1, the fencing surrounding the ATEC Building construction site will extend south of the grass on Drive A, making the sidewalk between the tennis courts and Chess Plaza inaccessible. This move is needed to allow installation of new street lamps along Drive A. Work on the project is expected to continue through mid-June, weather permitting. During this time pedestrians are urged to use the sidewalk south of the Naveen Jindal School of Management or the one adjacent to McDermott Library. For more information, contact Doug Tomlinson in Facilities Management at 972-883-2141.
Parking Structure Concrete Placement Set for Wee Hours Tuesday, April 2
Construction crews have scheduled a concrete placement for the upcoming Parking Structure I during the early morning hours on Tuesday, April 2, weather permitting, and possibly again on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. This activity may result in increased noise from cement trucks moving on and off the site. The five-story garage, which adjoins the Satellite Utility Plant, will add 700 covered parking spaces to campus by fall 2013. Construction activity is estimated to continue through June. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 972-883-2141.
Loop Road Segments and Soccer Complex Parking Lot Construction
The construction of Loop Road segments A, B and C, and the soccer complex parking lot on the south end of the main campus (see map below) will begin on Feb. 11 and will be completed by July 15.
The parking lot will be completed by March 23. The road construction will start April 1.
Areas affected will be:
Pedestrian and regular vehicular traffic flow will be detoured around the construction areas.
Watch for heavy machinery and trucks around and next to the construction area.
For more information, contact: Facilities Management Project Manager, Nick Argueta, at x-6134 or (469) 387-2694, for more information.
|Dec. 11, 2012|
Power, Heat Outages Scheduled During Winter Break
The Central Energy Plant (CEP) and Student Union (SU) will be shut down for annual maintenance and to rebuild a key steam service valve from 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 26. A number of campus buildings will be without heat while this work is performed. The shutdown is scheduled while the University is officially closed for winter break to minimize disruptions and inconvenience. During the shutdown, the plant's electrical equipment, devices and systems can be safely inspected, cleaned and maintained. For more information, contact Steve Lyles in Facilities Management at 469-426-5910. Power outages also are scheduled on Friday, Dec. 21 at Residence Halls North and South so that crews can install meters. An outage at the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL) is set for Saturday, Dec. 22. An outage on Thursday, Dec. 27 will allow electrical crews to replace switches and conduct inspections at the following facilities:
No one will be allowed into the affected buildings during the power outages without prior notification and authorization of the UT Dallas Police. Students, faculty and staff are asked to turn off their computers and other sensitive electrical equipment before leaving for winter break. For more information, contact Walter Welch in Facilities Management at 469-387-2329. For emergency assistance during the planned maintenance period, contact the UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222.
Patio Improvement Project Set to Begin Friday, Sept. 21
Work is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 21, on a project to update the patio off the basement of McDermott Library. The project has two parts. Crews will begin breaking up tile and concrete to install new light fixtures and add electrical outlets so that students, faculty and staff can plug in laptops or other devices while outside. This portion of the project is scheduled through Friday, Oct. 5. During this phase, the patio still will be accessible but people are asked to exercise caution when traveling near the project area. Plans also call for tiles to be replaced with new flooring and for the patio to receive new outdoor furnishings. This will begin shortly after Oct. 5 and will take up to three weeks to complete. Doors leading out toward the patio will be closed, and the large staircase from the patio that leads to the trellis will be barricaded to keep traffic away from the project area. For more information, contact Walter Welch, superintendent of electrical services for Facilities Management, at 972-883-2218.
Pedestrian Mall Traffic Restrictions Extended Through Monday, Sept. 17
Due to inclement weather on Sunday, construction activity on the southeast portion of the campus mall was not able to be completed. Pedestrian access to the campus mall will continue to be restricted on Monday, Sept. 17, to allow for completion of the project. The campus mall will be closed from just south of the library to the north end of the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM), except for a sidewalk on the west side. The library will remain open, and the JSOM will be accessible from doors on the south side of the building. The campus mall will be closed from just south of McDermott Library to the north end of the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM), except for a sidewalk on the west side. The library will remain open, and the JSOM will be accessible from doors on the south side of the building.
Drive H Sidewalk Construction Begins Week of July 30
Crews will begin building a new sidewalk along the west side of Drive H the week of Monday, July 30. The construction project is expected to take three weeks. Avoid using Drive H if possible. Barricades and flag men may block or redirect pedestrian and vehicular traffic for short periods of time when needed. All are asked to exercise caution when traveling in the area. For more information, contact Sam Eicke, assistant director for Facilities Management, at 469-387-0418.
Outage set for Saturday, July 28 to Affect Activity Center, Bookstore, Jonsson School
A power outage is scheduled for 4 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Activity Center and the Visitor Center and University Bookstore. The outage is needed to install new meters and a feeder line to the Activity Center. Power will be restored around 7 a.m. Before leaving campus today, please turn off computers and any sensitive equipment to prevent loss of critical information. For more information, contact Walter Welch, electrical services superintendent for Facilities Management, at 972-883-2118.
Storm Drainage System Dredging Project Starts Wednesday, July 18
A silt removal crew will begin on Monday, July 23 to clear out and dredge a storm drainage retention area near Lot C and Lookout Drive on the UT Dallas campus. Dredging will remove an invasive outgrowth of lotus pads and silt that block the flow of water and could cause potential flooding in campus sewer systems. The process should take 10 days and will increase capacity for storm drainage. The area, between several pedestrian pathways that lead from Lot C to the campus, will be barricaded beginning July 23. UT Dallas facilities management staff will slowly drain the site's water on Wednesday, July 18, to allow minnow-size fish and turtles to escape before dredging begins. While pedestrian walkways remain open, passers-by may notice an odor once the project starts. The smell is caused by bacterial breakdown of organic matter in stagnant water sites such as swamps and sewers. Removal crews will transport the silt in trucks to a compost heap site in a field off Synergy Park Boulevard. The silt will add important nutrients to campus composting operations, which will then be used on University landscape projects. For more information, contact Kelly Kinnard, director of physical plant services for Facilities Management, at 972-883-2141.
Loop Road to Close near Residence Halls, June 25 to Aug. 20
The western portion of the Loop Road—just beyond Residence Halls North and South—will be closed Monday, June 25 through Monday, Aug. 20 as crews expand utility and chilled-water service to Residence Hall 3. Driveways and access to Residence Hall North and South parking lots will remain open throughout the eight-week project. Drivers are asked to be extra cautious when traveling through the area. For more information, contact Kelly Kinnard, director of physical plant services for Facilities Management, at 972-883-2141.
Campus Power Outage Scheduled Saturday Morning
A power outage is scheduled from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 16, that will affect the University Theater, McDermott Library, Green Hall and the Cecil and Ida Green Center. New power meters will be installed in the electric rooms of Green and McDermott. All outdoor lights in parking Lots A, B, C, D and G, as well as the lamp posts along Lookout Drive, the eastern portions of Drive A between the Activity Center and Armstrong Drive, and on the Mall between the Administration Building and the Activity Center, will be affected by the outage. Students, faculty and staff are asked to ensure that all computers and any sensitive equipment are turned off Friday evening to prevent the loss of critical information. For more information, contact Matt Lanty, electrical shop foreman for Facilities Management, at 972-883-2114.
North Entrance to Lot M West Closed Until June 5 During Repairs
The entrance to Lot M West near the Naveen Jindal School of Management is closed during repairs to the parking lot. Drivers can enter Lot M West from the south using Lot M East. The lot will remain open while work is in progress, but drivers can expect some temporary loss of parking spaces because of the repair work. Parking patrons are asked to use caution and observe safety signs and barricades around the affected areas. The work is scheduled to occur in stages and will require about 60 days. For more information contact Nick Argueta, P.E., Facilities Management Project Engineer, 972-883-6834.
Grounds Crews Removing Diseased Trees, Replacing Concrete
The grounds crew will remove diseased trees in the mall area between the Alexander Clark Center (formerly Conference Center) and Hoblitzelle Hall starting May 21 to May 23. In addition, crews will replace the concrete in the same area beginning May 29. Sod replacement in the mall area around the fountains will begin May 21 and continue through June 5. For more information, contact Jay Jascott, landscape supervisor, at 972-883-2311.
Faculty, Staff Urged to Park in Northeast Lots Friday to Aid Graduates
Spring Commencement will be held in the Activity Center on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19. Very large crowds are anticipated. Traffic on and around campus will be heavy both days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To ease traffic and parking issues during the ceremony times, faculty and staff are asked to approach campus from the north and park in Lots A and B near the intersection of Synergy Park Boulevard and North Floyd Road. This offers direct access to campus and allows for less-congested departures. Your support in this matter will ensure that parking options around the Activity Center will be available for our graduates, families and guests.
Repairs to Jindal School of Management's Lot M West set for Monday, May 21
Starting Monday, May 21, portions of parking Lot M West near the Naveen Jindal School of Management will be under repair. The lot will remain open while work is in progress. Still, drivers can expect some temporary loss of parking spaces because of the repair work. Parking patrons are asked to use caution and observe safety signs and barricades around the affected areas. The work is scheduled to occur in stages and will require about 60 days.
Jonsson, Berkner Water Service to be Shut Off March 17, 18
Water is scheduled to be shut off in two campus buildings over the weekend. Crews will shut off water to the Erik Jonsson Academic Center starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17. The water will be off for as little as six hours and as many as 12 hours. Crews will be placing a valve on the main water feed to the building. Likewise, water will be shut off in Lloyd V. Berkner Hall starting at 6 a.m. Sunday to add a similar valve to the building's main water feed. Water service should be fully restored to both buildings no later than 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively. For more information, contact Joe Jennings, facilities management plumbing, at 972-883-2121.
Power Outage Set at Waterview Science and Technology Center
An electrical outage has been scheduled at the Waterview Science and Technology Center (WSTC) from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Crews will be connecting an emergency power generator to the building's electrical system. For more information, contact Walter Welch, facilities management electrical superintendent, at 972-883-2118.
Helicopter Set to Make Special Delivery to Founders Sunday, Feb. 19
A helicopter is scheduled to pick up and move heavy mechanical equipment to the roof of the Founders Building on Sunday, Feb. 19, to facilitate completion of the building's third-floor renovations. The equipment will be staged in parking Lot B, where it will be hooked up to the helicopter and hoisted southwest along Lookout Drive before flying west along Drive B to Founders. The building's occupants and pedestrians are asked to stay clear of the east side of Founders and Trellis area between 7 a.m. and 12 noon Sunday. The equipment will be lowered onto Founders' roof, where crews will be waiting to receive and move the parts into the building.
Pay-By-Space Kiosks Begin Operation
UT Dallas is now using Pay-By-Space kiosks, electronic cashless parking meters, in parking lots F and K, and portions of Lots G, I and M. Anyone may use a Pay-By-Space spot. No visitor pass or parking permit is required to park in one of these specially-designated spaces. Pay-By-Space kiosks accept credit or debit cards bearing the Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express logo for payment. The cost to park in a Pay-By-Space lot is $1 per hour plus $1 per transaction. The new pay stations replace the individual meters previously used in various parking lots on campus. Electronic payment provides convenience to drivers who may not be carrying cash and allows the University to save labor costs involved with emptying the coin-operated machines. For more information, contact Parking and Transportation at 972-883-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project to Expand Parking Lots E, L Starts Monday, Jan. 23
A construction project to expand parking Lots E and L begins Monday, Jan. 23. Most of Lot E will be fenced off but its eastern portion and all of Lot L will remain open. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to be careful when passing the site. The construction is expected to take several months to complete. Contact Nicholas Argueta, P.E., project manager for Facilities Management, at 972-883-6834 for more information.
Diseased Trees Near Clark Center to be Removed
Diseased trees suffering from Oak Wilt near the Alexander Clark Center (formerly the Conference Center) will be removed this week, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Oak Wilt is caused by Ceratocystis fagacearum, a fungus that invades and colonizes the water-conducting tissues in healthy oak trees. The tree's reaction to this invasion blocks the water-conducting tissues and, ultimately, results in severe die-back (deadening which begins at branch tips) or tree death. If diseased material is left in place, fungal spores from dead trees can spread and cause further damage. Reforestation of similar-size trees is planned for the area. For more information, contact Jay Jascott, Facilities Management landscape supervisor, at 972-883-2311.
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Updated: May 16, 2013