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Rutford Avenue Narrowed to One Lane of Traffic Till January 12

December 18, 2009

Rutford Avenue will be narrowed to a single lane of vehicular traffic near the Central Energy Plant for two weeks starting Tuesday, December 29, and ending Tuesday, January 12, so that crews can tie in electrical lines for emergency back-up generators to the upcoming Math, Science, and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET). Power to campus will not be adversely affected. On Saturday, January 2, both the north- and south-bound lanes of Rutford will be closed all day to traffic, including Comet Cruiser Route 883. There is no shuttle service on Sundays, so the Comet Cruiser will resume service Monday, January 4. To do the electrical work, crews will create a hole in the street, rendering Rutford’s southbound lane impassable until concrete is replaced and set. Weather permitting Rutford will reopen to two-way traffic on Tuesday, January 12.

Fall Commencement Ceremonies to Boost Traffic, Fill Up Lots on December 18, 19

December 15, 2009
Lights for Parking Lot J

Lights for Parking Lot J can be seen to the left of the Activity Center, site of fall graduation ceremonies.

Eight commencement exercises – one each for the School of Management’s undergraduate and graduate students Friday and combined ceremonies Saturday for the Schools of Behavioral and Brain Science and of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; the School of Arts and Humanities and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science; and the Schools of Interdisciplinary Studies and of Natural Sciences and Mathematics – will lead to filled parking lots and increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the Activity Center on December 18 and 19. Please allow extra time for traveling to graduation celebrations on campus. UT Dallas police will post signs and direct traffic to help guests arrive at these events. For those using University Parkway, the main entrance off Campbell Road, parking Lot J will be the closest lot to the Activity Center. It is expected to fill quickly. Police will be in place to direct visitors to overflow parking in Lots M, Q and D to the east, which can be reached off Armstrong Drive. For those approaching campus off Waterview Parkway from the west, parking will be available in Lot H near Hoblitzelle Hall and Lot I near Conference Center. Travel east on Drive A to the three-way stop sign at Drive H and head north past an open field on the passenger side, preparing to turn right into any of the next four driveways. Park and walk out of the lots back to Drive H and head south to Drive A. Turn left walking east toward the Activity Center.

New Route Through Landscape Enhancement Project to Debut This Week

December 15, 2009
New Fenced-In Sidewalk

The new fenced-in sidewalk becomes the sole east-west passage through an active construction zone on December 21. Other east-west passages include entry circle near the School of Management and the ramps between Founders and Founders North.

The fenced-in concrete sidewalk through the active Campus Landscape Enhancement Project site between the Student Union and McDermott Library goes away this week and a new one will appear several yards south beginning Wednesday, December 16. The new sidewalk can be accessed from the Student Union’s eastside ground-level exits. The fenced-in sidewalk crosses the active construction site toward the center of McDermott Library’s west face. The path heads south, hugging the library’s perimeter until it reaches Drive B, a small street that runs between McDermott and the Bookstore. McDermott Library’s north entrance will be the only access point after the original fenced-in sidewalk shuts down on December 21. The new sidewalk crossing the construction zone will require pedestrians to walk completely around the library to get inside. As such, the new sidewalk seems best suited for travel between the SU and the School of Management, Bookstore or parking Lots C, D, G and Q. The fastest way to reach McDermott Library’s north entrance will be from points north of the Founders Hall renovation.

Outdoor Pathway between Founders, Founders Annex Reopened

December 14, 2009
The North-South Passage Between Founders and Founders Annex

The north-south passage between Founders and Founders Annex has been reopened. Just west, between Founders Annex and Berkner Hall, another north-south pathway and the wooden access ramp that helps guide pedestrians there, remain open.

Construction crews reopened the main north-south outdoor path between Founders Hall and Founders West Annex this morning, December 14. The path had been barred since November 16, when crews gained access to a manhole to complete electrical tie-in work for the Founders renovation project. Pedestrians used a detour to a pathway just to the west, between the Annex and Berkner Hall. The wooden access ramp that was built and optional pathway will remain open indefinitely.

Buildings May Chill a Bit as Plant’s Thermal Utility Maintained Over Winter Break

December 10, 2009

The University’s Central Energy Plant (CEP) will be shut down for its annual maintenance from 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20 through Wednesday, December 23. The thermal system will be fully operational on Thursday, December 24. The shutdown was scheduled while the University is officially closed for winter break to minimize disruption to the campus. During the shutdown, all Central Energy Plant electrical equipment, devices and systems can be safely inspected, cleaned, and maintained to ensure optimal performance. The shutdown will not affect power in any campus buildings. All buildings - except NSERL - will be locked. A police escort will be required to gain access. In the event of severe weather, the contractor will work closely with University Facilities Management personnel to keep buildings above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If weather does not permit, the timing of the shutdown may be altered or called off. For more information please contact Steve Lyles, Facilities Management Utilities Superintendent, at 469.426.5910.

Portion of Founders Closing to Pedestrians, December 11-14, and Again December 18-January 11

December 9, 2009

Part of the third floor of the Founders Building (FO) near Founders North (FN) will temporarily close starting at 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 11, and shall remain closed until 7:00 a.m. Monday, December 14. Crews will prepare for renovation of the center main hallway on Founders’ third floor. The hallway is scheduled to be renovated 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 18, and work will continue throughout the winter break. New floor tiles, ductwork for a heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and ceiling grid work with lighting will be installed. Crews will work around the clock until the project is completed, with the goal of finishing the week of January 11. Once closed, pedestrians’ southeast travel will be barred, forcing them to walk west and north around the building to regain access to the other side. Construction barriers and directional signs will be placed to help support appropriate detour routes. Students, faculty and staff are urged to remain vigilant when traveling through the area and to allow extra time.

Concrete Placement in Front of McDermott Library Delayed

December 7, 2009

Crews scheduled to place concrete in front of McDermott Library on Tuesday, December 8, were delayed by rain. Access to the north entrance will narrow to one "lane" once work begins. Please allow extra time for travel to and from the building.

Northeast Doors of Berkner Closed Two Weeks, Starting November 30

November 25, 2009
Skyway

The northeast doors to Berkner Hall, underneath the skyway, will be barred starting Monday, November 30, so that crews can install a sidewalk and access ramps between Berkner, Founders Annex and the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center.

The northeast doors of Berkner Hall will be closed for two weeks starting Monday, November 30, in order to install a new sidewalk and ramp between Berkner and the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET). A fence will go up Monday surrounding the northeast entrance, barring pedestrian travel. Use the southeast doors to enter and exit on the building’s east side. The work should be complete by December 14, weather permitting.

3 West Doors of McDermott’s North Entrance to be Closed, November 23-30

November 21, 2009

Three west doors of four doors to the north entrance of McDermott Library will be inaccessible starting Tuesday, November 23, when a project to replace the sidewalk in front of the library resumes after a weather delay. Crews broke up most of McDermott’s sidewalk in September, leaving a small path to funnel students and visitors in and out through the east, or left, door. The approach to the library from parking Lot G will veer left as well. The project blocking the west doors is expected to take one week, however, once the first portion of sidewalk is completed, work on the remaining portion will begin. At that point, the remaining east door will be blocked but the west doors will be open. The second half of the project will take longer as it extends from McDermott’s north entrance to its northeastern corner. The whole project is expected to take eight weeks to finish.

Power Outage Scheduled at Student Union on Friday and Saturday, November 27-28

November 19, 2009

A Student Union power outage is scheduled for just after midnight Friday, November 27 till roughly 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28, so crews can perform electrical work in the building. The Dining Hall will not be affected and will remain open during its normal times of operation. No other campus buildings will be affected. During the outage, no one will be permitted to enter the Student Union without police escort. Individuals requiring access must contact the UT Dallas Police Department to make special arrangements. Student Union staffers are urged to shut down all computers and electrical devices before leaving work Thursday evening. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard in Facilities Management at 972.883.2549.

Northwest Entrance to Berkner Open, Fence Removed

November 18, 2009
Northwest Entrance to Berkner Hall

The northwest entrance to Berkner Hall, shown earlier this year, was reopened November 18.

Construction crews working on the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) have completed the concrete project in front of the northwest entrance to Berkner Hall, restoring access to the building and removing the fence that barred entry. The project included the installation of new fencing around the nitrogen tank and dock ramp on the Rutford Avenue side of the building.

Northbound Drive G Narrowed to One Lane Through Thursday, November 19

November 17, 2009
Drive G

Drive G was narrowed to one lane this summer during a storm-drain project. This go-round, AT&T will complete work on underground telephone lines.

Crews from AT&T will block off the northbound lane of Drive G today and tomorrow,November 18-19, in order to gain access to and complete work on underground telephone lines. Please allow extra time for travel near McDermott Library, Legacy Lane, the Gazebo and parking Lots A, B, C and D. The work is expected to take two days, weather permitting. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, at 972.883.2549.

North-South Sidewalk Between Founders, Founders Annex to Close Week to 10 Days

November 16, 2009
The North-South Passage Between Founders and Founders Annex

The north-south passage between Founders and Founders Annex is closed to through traffic due to work being done on electrical lines to Founders. But just west, between Founders Annex and Berkner Hall, is another north-south pathway. A wooden access ramp helps guide pedestrians there.

An access ramp near the northeast entrance to Founders West Annex at its intersection with Founders Hall, Founders North and the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) redirects pedestrian traffic just west of the north-south passage. Crews are preparing to enter a manhole to complete work tying in electrical lines to bring a new source of power to Founders Hall. To do this, crews plan to close the north-south sidewalk between Founders and Founders Annex (select the pedestrian mall tab at the top of the map). For pedestrians exiting Berkner Hall’s northeast corner, in order to continue east-west or north-south travel, walk north-south between Berkner Hall and Founders Annex to reach the main east-west thoroughfare and travel east or west to reach northern or southern routes. The electrical work is expected to take seven to 10 days, weather permitting. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, at 972.883.2549.

Demolition May Kick Up Dust Storm Sunday near SU, McDermott Library

November 4, 2009
Chipped Column

This chipped column (center, left) outside the Student Union will be demolished Sunday, November 8. The path between the SU and McDermott Library will close during the project.

Demolition of a support column on the northeast corner of the Student Union is scheduled for Sunday, November 8, weather permitting. For safety, the walking path between McDermott Library and the Student Union will be closed to pedestrian traffic between 6:00 a.m. and noon, mostly because of dust the demolition is expected to produce. The path should be reopened just after noon Sunday.

Flagmen to Direct Traffic on Rutford As Postponed Projects Resurface

November 4, 2009

Crews will install a sidewalk on Rutford Avenue starting Wednesday, that will extend from the Residence Hall south to Classroom Building West, weather permitting. Flagmen will be on hand to direct traffic. Expect occasional delays on Rutford over the next two weeks. Crews also will remove a tree along Rutford for replanting east of Callier Center - Richardson. The removal is in preparation for installation later this month of a new Comet Cruiser bus stop shelter. Pedestrians and drivers are encouraged to exercise caution along Rutford. Once completed, the sidewalk will boost pedestrian safety and ease traffic flow. Both projects were scheduled for Monday, October 26, but were postponed due to rain. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, at 972.883.2549.

Parking Lot O Reserved for Election Day Voters Coming to NSERL

November 1, 2009
NSERL

Collin residents may vote at NSERL for tomorrow’s special election. Credit:Robert Canfield Photography

Parking restrictions will be in effect Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, for Lot O, which is adjacent to the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL). NSERL will serve as a polling location for the Texas Special Election. The polling place will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to Collin County registered voters. Parking Lot O will be reserved for voters. UT Dallas Public Safety Officers will patrol the area to assist visitors. Faculty, staff and students who park in Lot O should plan to park in Lot P instead. For more information about voting at NSERL on Election Day, please visit the University’s website.

Monthly Test of University’s Siren System Set for Noon Wednesday

November 1, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas will test its outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, November 4, the same time nearby municipalities will test their systems. The UT Dallas siren system, which also has voice warning capability, is a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property.

Tree Removal, Sidewalk Installation, Weather to Cause Delays on Rutford

October 23, 2009

Crews were scheduled to remove a tree along Rutford Avenue on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27, and transport it for re-planting to make room for a new Comet Cruiser bus stop shelter to be installed later this month. Also Monday, crews were to begin placing a sidewalk on Rutford from the Residence Hall south to Classroom Building West, weather permitting. It did not. The tree removal, transport and sidewalk installation are postponed until the weather clears. Once the projects get underway, expect traffic delays on Rutford intermittently for a period of two weeks. Pedestrians are urged to exercise caution along Rutford during the projects’ timeframe. Once completed, the sidewalk will boost pedestrian safety and ease traffic flow. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, at 972.883.2549.

Founders to Close October 24; Water Service to be Disrupted in Annex, FN

October 20, 2009
Framework

Framework (upper left) awaits air handlers to be installed October 24 atop Founders Hall.

Crews will close Founders Hall on Saturday, October 24, to place air handling units on the roof. As a safety precaution, no access will be allowed. Crews will begin work at daybreak and should finish by 5:00 p.m. In addition, new water lines for drinking water and fire-sprinkler systems will be installed to serve existing areas and those under construction. To facilitate installation, water service to Founders will be disrupted Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25. Founders North and Founders Annex also will be without water service Saturday morning but water will be restored around noon. Water service to Founders will be restored Monday morning. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, at 972.883.2549.

Power Outage Planned for Central Campus Saturday, October 17

October 6, 2009

An electric power outage is scheduled to take place on the UT Dallas campus Saturday, October 17, from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in order for construction crews to tie in electrical feeds to the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) building being constructed north of Berkner Hall. The following buildings will be affected:

  • Green Hall (GR)
  • Green Center (GC)
  • Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
  • University Theater (TH)
  • Multipurpose/Administration building (MP/AD)
  • Visual Arts Building (AS)
  • Dallas International School (DIS)
  • Arts & Technology (ATEC)
  • North Office (NO)
  • North Lab (NL)
  • Founders North (FN)
  • Dining Hall

Students, faculty, and staff should turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving work stations Friday, October 16. Shutting down equipment reduces the odds of complications. For safety, buildings will be secured during the outage. Only those with permission from UT Dallas Police will be given access. All service is expected to be restored within two hours of completion of the electrical work. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, at 972.883.2549.

Monthly Test of University’s Siren System Set for Noon Wednesday

October 5, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas will conduct its regular test of the new outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, October 7. The first Wednesday each month is the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. The siren system, which also has voice-warning capability, was installed as a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property.

Berkner’s Northwest Entrance Closed Till Further Notice for MSET Work

October 1, 2009

The northwest entrance to Berkner Hall — closest to the liquid nitrogen tank (pictured in item below) — will be closed beginning Monday, October 5. Contractors will install a sidewalk and landscaping between the Math, Science, Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) and Berkner Hall. Berkner’s doors will be barred as a safety precaution during this phase of construction. For pedestrians traveling through Berkner to get to Founders North, use the southwest entrance of Berkner and exit Berkner’s northeast corner or take the plaza between Berkner Hall and the Engineering-Computer Science North building east toward Founders and the Student Union.

Rutford to be Closed to Northbound VehicleTraffic Thursday, October 1

September 30, 2009

Rutford Avenue will be closed to northbound vehicular traffic from 7:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1, so that crews can tie in lines from the liquid nitrogen tank outside Berkner Hall to the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET). Crews will remove the manhole cover on Rutford and go underground just north of the Berkner crosswalk to access the lines. Rutford will be coned off and guarded while the work is being done. To travel north on campus from Drive A, follow the green vinyl striping to Drive H, which is west of Rutford. Drive H and the green stripe lead drivers north to the student apartment parking Lot H. Follow the green vinyl striping through the parking lot, which deposits drivers on Rutford Avenue, where travelers can continue northbound.

Access to Library’s North Entrance to be Limited During Sidewalk Repair

September 28, 2009

Three of four doors to the north entrance of McDermott Library will be inaccessible starting Wednesday, September 30, when a project to replace the sidewalk in front of the library begins. Crews will break up most of McDermott’s sidewalk, leaving a small path to funnel students and visitors in and out through the east, or left, door. The approach to the library from parking Lot G will veer left as well. The project blocking the three doors is expected to take one week, however, once the first portion of sidewalk is completed, work on the remaining portion will begin. At that point, the remaining east door will be blocked but the three doors will open. The entry pathway will shift to the west, or right. The second half of the project will take longer as it extends from McDermott’s north entrance to its northeastern corner. The whole project is expected to take eight weeks to finish.

Trucks to Deliver Concrete Friday for Student Services Building

September 24, 2009

Concrete placement for the third floor of the Student Services Building is set to begin around 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 25. Forty-eight trucks will deliver concrete to the construction site traveling east onDrive A from Waterview Parkway. The placement is expected to take eight hours. To increase pedestrian safety, use the east-west path between Rutford Avenue, near the Engineering-Computer Science Complex and Berkner Hall, and the Student Union. Be extra vigilant if traveling on Drive A before 8:00 a.m. Friday.

Classroom Building West’s Restrooms to Close Till September 14

September 10, 2009

Starting Friday, September 11, construction crews will finish making plumbing connections needed for restroom facilities serving Classroom Building West. The project is expected to take four days, with completion set for Monday, September 14. During this time, people are asked to use the restrooms in Classroom Building Three (CB3) or in Hoblitzelle Hall.

Expect Minor Delays as Sidewalk North of McDermott Library is Replaced

September 10, 2009

Crews have begun the work of replacing the sidewalk on the northside of McDermott Library. The project may cause some minor delays in pedestrian traffic flow but the current pathways will remain open until re-paving is completed in late October.

Monthly Test of University’s Siren System Set for Noon Wednesday

August 31, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas will conduct its regular test of the new outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, September 2. The first Wednesday each month is the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. The siren system, which also has voice-warning capability, was installed recently as a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property.

High Mast Light Pole Coming Down Near Founders, Saturday, August 29

August 28, 2009
High Mast Light Pole

The high mast light pole is seen off-center right in this August 2 photo.

Construction crews will be dismantling and removing a high mast lighting pole near the northeast corner of Founders Hall (FO) on Saturday, August 29. The job will begin at 7:00 a.m. and is expected to take six hours to complete. The contractor will place safety barricades around the construction site. However, pedestrians are encouraged to use caution when approaching the work area. For more information, contact Bill Elvey, director of Facilities Management, at 972.883.2124.

Concrete Placement for Student Services Site Set Monday, August 31

August 27, 2009
Student Services Building Site

The Student Services Building site is on Drive A across from the Activity Center.

A concrete placement for the upcoming Student Services Building is set to begin just after midnight Monday, August 31. Forty-eight trucks will deliver concrete to the construction site traveling onDrive A from Waterview Parkway. The placement is expected to take eight hours. Also, starting now, the north-south path between the Engineering-Computer Science Complex and Dining Hall will be used by trucks for deliveries to the Founders’ renovation project site. To increase pedestrian safety, the east-west path between Rutford Avenue, near the Engineering-Computer Science Complex and Berkner Hall, and the Student Union, will be closed to vehicles. Water-filled orange barricades will be used to funnel pedestrians traveling from Rutford Avenue to the Student Union and back.

Service Building’s Phones to Start Ringing Again This Morning

August 26, 2009

Service Building employees’ phones should be working before lunch today. According to Telecommunications Services manager Steve Patton, “Complete service restoration is expected this morning.” Most phones in the Service Building, which houses Central Receiving, Property Administration, Mail Services, Auxiliary Services and Printing Services, have been out since Monday morning, when cables near the Multipurpose and Administration Building were accidentally severed. Patton described repairs to existing copper cable as a splice job. “The splice work will be encased today to protect it from the elements,” he said.

Phones Out at Service Building After Crews Sever Line

August 24, 2009

The phone line that provides the signal to the Service Building, which houses Central Receiving, Property Administration, Mail Services, Auxiliary Services and Printing Services, was accidentally severed Monday morning. Crews were assessing the damage to determine a plan of action. Meantime, it is recommended to use departmental email addresses – receiving@utdallas.edu, mail@utdallas.edu, and property@utdallas.edu – to reach various personnel. Please note that StaplesLink orders will be processed as scheduled and that UTD’s Copy Center is unaffected. Telecommunication Services manager Steve Patton added that Property Administration had been switched recently to fiber optic lines and is not experiencing a distruption of service.

Crews Installing Walking Paths from Lots A, B to Administration Building

August 24, 2009
Approach to the North Entrance of the Administration Building

This is the approach to the north entrance of the Multipurpose and Administration Buildings from parking Lot R.

UT Dallas work crews are installing walking paths through the grass approaching the Multipurpose and Administration Buildings. The project is expected to take one week to complete. The paths will deposit visitors, students and staff from parking Lots A and B past two Magnolias, a culvert and Lot R onto the second floor at the building’s north entrance, just west of the elevator. The paths will feed larger walkways to the parking lots.

Mobile Crane to Block Rutford Sunday Morning, Place Air Units on Founders

August 21, 2009

A large mobile crane is scheduled to lift air handling units onto the roof of the Founders Hall (FO) on Sunday, August 23, starting at 5:30 a.m. The mobile crane will access Founders from Rutford Avenue between the Engineering-Computer Science Complex (ECS) and Berkner Hall (BE). Once the load pick-up has been completed the mobile crane will leave the area. Access to the Student Union (SU) and Dining Hall will be maintained throughout the process. While safety procedures will be followed, pedestrians are urged to exercise caution near all four buildings. For more information, contact Bill Elvey, director for Facilities Management, at 972.883.2124.

Lot M May Fill Up Quickly for Wednesday Morning SOM Event

August 18, 2009

Parking Lot M may fill up quickly Wednesday morning, August 19, during the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce August Breakfast titled Innovation in Manufacturing. Roughly 120 people are expected to attend the event, which will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the School of Management’s Davidson Auditorium. Spaces will not be barricaded and police will not direct traffic flow. However, Lot M may be full until about 10:15 a.m. Consider parking in Lots F or J as alternatives. Lot F offers metered parking at $1 an hour and spaces for those with disabilities. Lot F can be accessed by exiting Lot M at Armstrong Drive and turning left onto Drive A. Take Drive A, crossing Drive G and passing the tennis courts, before turning right into Lot F and parking. To reach Lot J, leave campus using Armstrong Drive and turning left to Drive A. Turn left and head to Drive G. Turn right onto Drive G, which reaches Lookout Drive near McDermott Library. Take a right onto Lookout, head out to Floyd Road and make a right to return to Campbell Road (right) and University Parkway (right). Come up University Parkway and turn left to reach Lot J, which is behind the Activity Center.

McDermott Library Cuts Hours, Path Access During Intersession

August 14, 2009
Campus-Enhancement Construction Site

During intersession hours, McDermott Library closes weekdays at 6:00 p.m. As a result, this east-west pathway through construction becomes a dead end.

McDermott Library, a key for using the pathway through the campus-enhancement construction site, has switched to intersession hours from now through Wednesday, August 19. Pedestrians will be able to use the path weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., when the library closes. McDermott Library will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16. The library will resume its regular hours — 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. - on the first day of school, Thursday, August 20.

Trench Work to Halt Vehicles, Deliveries Near ECSN, Dining Hall

August 6, 2009
Trench Work

The red line on this Google Earth image shows the trench routing to the Student Services Building.

Crews will dig a trench this weekend behind the Engineering and Computer Science Complex docking area to connect a new electrical duct bank for the Student Services Building construction site. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected, however, deliveries to the Dining Hall and vehicles will be barred till Wednesday, August 12, when all trenching, concrete placement and curing will be completed and traffic flows restored.

Southwest Entrance to SOM to Close This Weekend, August 7-9

August 6, 2009

The southwest entrance to the School of Management building will be closed this weekend, starting 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, August 7, till Sunday, August 9, so that contractors can replace the concrete outside the southwest doors. Crews will cut the concrete Thursday in preparation for Friday’s tear out and removal. Saturday, they will place the concrete, which will need 24 hours to cure before foot traffic can be re-established.

Monthly Test of University’s Siren System Set for Noon

August 5, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas will conduct its regular test of the new outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, August 5. That is the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. The siren system, which also has voice-warning capability, was installed recently as a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property.

Drive G Narrowed to One Lane for Next Two Weeks of Project

August 3, 2009
Drive G

Drive G is narrowed to one lane to place and cure concrete.

The installation of an improved storm-water drainage system extending from the Peter Walker and Partners’ campus enhancement project to UT Dallas’ concrete water channel has crossed Drive G, narrowing traffic to one lane between Drive A and Lot G near McDermott Library. A flagman is posted in the area to help direct vehicles. Please allow extra time for travel. The project is expected to be complete September 1.

Crane to Displace Lot E Slots as ATEC Gets New Air Unit

July 21, 2009

Parking spaces in the Lot E will be lost Thursday morning, July 23, as facilities management crew replace an air-conditioning unit on the roof of the Arts and Technology (ATEC) building. A crane will set up in the south end of parking Lot E between ATEC and the Dallas International School. The crane will occupy roughly seven spaces on both sides of lot until noon.

Power Outage Set for Center for BrainHealth, July 25-26

July 20, 2009
The Center for BrainHealth

The Center for BrainHealth, located off-campus, pioneers novel approaches to uncover commonalities in brain repair.

An electric power shutdown is scheduled from 6:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, through midnight Monday, July 27, at the Center for BrainHealth to connect wiring on the newly renovated second floor. Power will be restored just after midnight Monday morning to give the air-conditioning system time to catch up. Every effort will be made to have all operations back to normal by 8:00 a.m. Monday. Students, faculty and staff should turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations Friday, July 24. For safety, the building will be closed during the outage. In the event of rain, the outage will be canceled and rescheduled. For more information, please contact Randall Traynham at 469.387.1170.

Lightning-Rod Installation for MP/AD May Cause Daytime Disturbances

July 12, 2009

Contractors will begin installing a lightning-protection system for the Multipurpose/Administration Building on Monday, July 13. Students, faculty and staff in offices or classrooms on the third floor may hear electricians on the roof working and causing temporary minor annoyances over the next three weeks. For more information, please call project engineer Nick Argueta at extension 6834.

Access to Library Entrance Intact as North Sidewalk Lost to Drainage Project

July 6, 2009
Access to Library Entrance

The sidewalk north of McDermott Library will be broken up for eight weeks to make storm-water drainage improvements.

The lower sidewalk in front of McDermott Library will be broken up for installation of an improved storm-water drainage system extending from the Peter Walker and Partners’ campus enhancement project to UT Dallas’ concrete water channel between Drive G and parking Lots C and D. Access to stairs and ramps leading to the library’s northern entrance from parking Lot G will remain intact as well as the upper sidewalk surrounding the library’s perimeter. Both pedestrian and wheelchair paths will funnel traffic through the library’s front door. The storm-water drainage project, which started Monday, July 6, is expected to take eight weeks to complete.

Activity Center’s Chilled-Water Utility Expansion to Affect Pedestrians

July 3, 2009
Sidewalk North of the Activity Center

The sidewalk north of the Activity Center and two parking spaces for people with disabilities will be lost for three weeks to the latest construction project starting Monday, July 6.

The sidewalk and two parking spaces for disabled students, faculty and staff outside the Activity Center will be taken out of commission for three weeks, staring Monday, July 6. A chilled-water utility, used to cool a building’s air and equipment, especially in situations where many individual rooms must be controlled separately, will be extended from one side of the Activity Center to another to provide service to the upcoming Student Services Building. The sidewalk and two parking spaces in front of the Activity Center’s north central entrance onDrive A will be used to stage the equipment needed to dig the trenches and tie water lines. Pedestrian traffic will be moved onto the strip of grass along the building’s north face. People with disabilities must enter the Activity Center for east-west travel. The project will be completed well before the fall semester begins.

MSET Panel Deliveries to Delay Rutford Traffic Starting July 6

July 2, 2009
Preset Concrete Panels

Preset concrete panels loaded onto trailers rest in parking Lot A in route to the MSET construction site on Monday, July 6.

Traffic along Rutford Avenue is about to get much heavier — literally. Big-rig trucks are scheduled to begin delivery of massive precast concrete panels to the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) construction site Monday, July 6. Expect traffic delays on Rutford Avenue and allow more time for both vehicular and pedestrian travel. For the next six weeks — through August 14 — the trucks will use parking Lot A as a staging area to deliver the panels, each measuring 30 feet by 15 feet by 3 inches and weighing a ton. The plan is to have four to six trailers carry and deliver several panels to the construction site each day. MSET contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction will post two flagmen who will direct the trucks west on Synergy Parkway to Rutford Avenue, turning south onto Rutford to the MSET construction site entrance south of Drive D. They will exit campus using the same route in reverse. Trailers will park overnight in a remote section of Lot A in preparation for the next day’s deliveries. A crane at the MSET construction site will remove the panels from the trucks and place them on the building, starting on the side closest to Founders North.

Monthly Test of University’s Siren System Set Wednesday, July 1

June 29, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas will conduct its regular test of the new outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, July 1. That is the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. The siren system, which also has voice warning capability, was installed recently as a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property.

Path Near Founders North, MSET Construction Site to Close Temporarily Friday

June 25, 2009
Paths Near Founders North and MSET Construction Site

The path on this map to the left of Founders North will be closed to pedestrian traffic Friday morning.

The pathway west of Founders North and next to the Mathematics, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) construction site will be blocked off with caution tape and closed to traffic for several hours Friday morning, June 26. Work crews will be replacing pane glass windows shattered at Founders North during storms earlier this month. The pathway is being closed as a safety precaution until the new windows are secure. The pathway is expected to be reopened around noon. To get around the obstruction, use the wooden ramp south of Founders North heading east past the Rock Garden and precede north between University Theatre and Jonsson Center.

Big Rigs to Deliver Materials to Student Services Building Site Through June 28

June 24, 2009

Big-rig trucks will begin delivering materials Friday evening, June 26, for installation of a crane needed for construction of the new Student Services Building. The deliveries are expected to continue through Sunday, June 28. Trucks will be staged along Armstrong Drive in the yellow-striped area and out of the lane of traffic. When called by the contractor, a single big rig will head north to Drive A and turn west through the construction zone to the Student Services Building site. The materials will be unloaded in front of the Activity Center. Police will be working in the area to ensure traffic flows smoothly. Delivery complete, the truck will continue west on Drive A and exit onto Waterview Parkway. This process will repeat until all materials are delivered. During overnight hours, some big rigs may be parked in remote sections of Lot A.

Air Handler Deliveries to Congest Rutford Avenue till 10:00 a.m., June 23

June 23, 2009

Large trucks delivering air handlers for the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Center (MSET) will be parked along Rutford Avenue, causing temporary traffic delays for about an hour Tuesday morning. Because the trucks cannot drive onto the construction site, cranes will be used to move the air units off the flatbeds and place them on top of the MSET structure. Crews estimate the air handlers will be in place by 10:00 a.m.

Lookout Drive, Drive G to be Partially Blocked Monday Morning, June 22

June 21, 2009

Lanes at the intersection of Drive G and Lookout Drive will be partially blocked temporarily Monday morning, June 22, as crews extricate and remove light standards, place them on flatbed trucks and transport them to parking Lot R outside the Multipurpose/Administration Building. One lane of the Loop Road also will be blocked when crews remove the light poles from the trucks and set them in the parking Lot R.

Brief Outage Set Friday; Shut Down Computers Before Leaving Work

June 18, 2009

Crews will be switching electrical feeders and affecting power briefly 6:00 a.m. Friday, June 19, to the following buildings:

  • Green Center (GC)
  • Green Hall (GR)
  • Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
  • Multipurpose/Administration (MP/AD)

Though brief, it is advised that computers and equipment sensitive to power fluctuations be turned off during the temporary outage. Students, faculty and staff should take the necessary precautions to protect your equipment before leaving work Thursday. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Walter Welch at 469.387.2329.

More Modular Classrooms Being Delivered

June 17, 2009

Construction crews will deliver three modular temporary classrooms in the area between the Central Energy Plant and Classroom Building West just north of Hoblitzelle Hall. This site has been fenced in to direct pedestrian traffic coming from parking Lot H down an existing path toward Rutford Avenue and Berkner Hall. Delivery will take place between the Central Energy Plant and a portion of the parking lot near Phase 9 of the student apartments.

Power Outage Planned for Several Buildings Saturday, June 20

June 16, 2009

An electric power service interruption is being planned from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, so construction crews can provide electrical main feeder service for the new Dining Hall as well as to perform work in Founders and the Classroom Building West additions. Efforts will be made to support all critical loads by emergency power generators during Saturday’s outage. The following buildings will be affected:

  • North Laboratory Building (NL)
  • Founders North (FN)
  • Founders Building (FO)
  • North Office Building (NB)
  • Arts and Technology (ATEC)
  • Visual Arts Studio (AS)
  • Hoblitzelle Hall (HH)

Students, faculty and staff should turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations for the weekend. For safety, all affected buildings will be closed during the outage and no one will be permitted to enter or work in them. Those requiring access must contact the UT Dallas Police Department. All services are expected to be restored within three hours after completion of the electrical work. In the event of rain, the outage will be canceled and rescheduled. For more information, please contact Kelly Kinnard, Facilities Management, at 972.883.2549.

University Parkway Southbound Lanes Reopen Ahead of Schedule

June 10, 2009

Construction crews have reopened the southbound lanes of University Parkway a week and half ahead of schedule, setting the stage for completion of the drainage project and for tree planting along the parkway. Crews still may restrict University Parkway to one lane of traffic intermittently for the remainder of the project. Drivers traveling to Lots J, H and I are still urged to exit campus using Drive A heading west to Waterview Parkway or traveling north on Rutford Avenue.

Work to Reseal Roof on Engineering-Computer Science Complex Begins

June 8, 2009

Construction crews begin work this week to reseal the roof of the Engineering-Computer Science Complex. The project is expected to take 45 days. Crews are using the strip of grass east of the Waterview Apartments, Phase 3, between the apartments and Lot J near the Activity Center, to deploy equipment. The northwest doors of ECS-North are closed for the public’s safety during the project. An asphalt kettle will be situated outside those doors. Please remain vigilant when traveling through the area.

Row of Lot H Parking Spaces Needed to Deliver Temporary Classrooms

June 3, 2009

Several parking spaces in Lot H will be taken away so construction crews can deliver three modular temporary classroom buildings. The spaces will help create a staging area for the project. In addition, some parking spaces directly behind the Central Energy Plant in the student housing parking lot will be needed as well. Trucks carrying modular buildings began delivering materials early Wednesday morning, June 3, and are scheduled to repeat the process Monday, June 8. The spaces in Lot H should be free and available for parking after lunch on both days. Two of the three temporary classrooms are for the School of Arts & Humanities and will be used for music and art classes. The third building will be a general assignment classroom. The buildings are scheduled to open just before the fall semester.

Power Outage Scheduled 4:00 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday, June 6

June 3, 2009

An electric power service interruption is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, June 6, so construction crews can provide electrical main feeder service for the new Dining Hall. Efforts will be made to support all critical loads by emergency power generators during Saturday’s outage. The following buildings will be affected:

  • Student Union
  • Berkner Hall
  • Founders’ Building Annex
  • Engineering and Computer Science North and South
  • Activity Center
  • Athletic Fields
  • School of Management
  • Conference Center
  • Hoblitzelle Hall
  • Classroom Building West
  • McDermott Library
  • Bookstore

Students, faculty and staff should turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations for the weekend. For safety, all affected buildings will be closed during the outage and no one will be permitted to enter or work in any of the affected buildings. All service should be restored within three hours after completion of the electrical work. In the event of rain, the outage will be canceled and rescheduled. For more information, contact Kelly Kinnard, Facilities Management, at 972.883.2549.

Portion of Lot G to Close Wednesday for Clark Memorial Celebration

June 2, 2009

A portion of parking Lot G will be closed Wednesday, June 3, to accommodate guests attending the memorial celebration for Dr. Alexander L. Clark. The memorial is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. in the McDermott Suite of the McDermott Library. Clark, a former vice president of academic affairs and one-time acting president of the University, passed away Sunday morning at his home.

University Parkway Partially Closed For Three Weeks Starting June 1

May 28, 2009
Road Closings

Road closings.

Construction crews closed all southbound lanes of University Parkway for three weeks starting Monday, June 1, to complete a drainage project and to plant trees along the center median. University Parkway and Armstrong Drive will be open and available only to northbound vehicles coming into campus. Drivers traveling to Lots J, H and I must exit campus using Drive A heading west to Waterview Parkway or traveling north on Rutford Avenue. Drivers traveling Armstrong to Lots M, Q, and beyond must use Lookout Drive heading east to access Floyd Road to reach Campbell Road to the south and Synergy Park Boulevard to the north.

3 Temporary Classrooms Going Up Between Energy Plant, CB West

May 28, 2009

Construction has begun on three temporary classrooms in the area between the Central Energy Plant and Classroom Building West just north of Hoblitzelle Hall. This site has been fenced in to direct pedestrian traffic coming from parking Lot H down an existing path toward Rutford Avenue and Berkner Hall. Two of the three classrooms are for the School of Arts & Humanities and will be used for music and art classes. The third building will be a general assignment classroom. The buildings are scheduled to open just before the fall semester.

1st Regular Test of Outdoor Warning Siren Set for June 3

May 27, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas will conduct the first regular test of the new outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, June 3. That is the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. The siren system, which also has voice warning capability, was installed recently as a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property.

Founders Building Renovation Alters East-West Traffic Routes

May 19, 2009
Altered East-West Traffic Routes

This map shows new east-west pathways as construction projects continue their push north.

The mall reconstruction project site expands further north this week as the Founders Building renovation kicks off in earnest. East-west traffic across campus will be affected. Construction fencing now surrounds the Founders Building on all sides, as well as the Rock Garden just north of Founders. New walking ramps have been placed between Founders’ construction fencing and Founders North as well as between the University Theatre and Founders North. Ease the pain by being aware of these upcoming changes and following this advice:

Accessibility Ramp

Contractors reconfigure the accessibility ramp near University Theatre and Founders North.

  • Use the indoor pathways and skywalks (PDF) as much as possible.
  • Consult the Pardon our Progress map for updates.
  • Be aware that the east-west path from Rutford Avenue past Berkner Hall and the Engineering-Computer Science Complex toward the Dining Hall site now ends at the north entrance to the Student Union. Pedestrians no longer will be able to walk around Founders to access the mall or library.
  • McDermott Library has switched to intersession hours from May 19 through May 22, and will be closed over the Memorial Day holiday. It will resume regular hours on May 26.
  • Note that east-west pedestrian traffic is being rerouted north of the Rock Garden between Founders and Founders North as well as further north between Founders North and the University Theatre.
  • The accessibility ramp on the mall outside Founders has been moved north between University Theatre and Founders North.
  • The fenced-in concrete sidewalk through the active construction site between the Student Union and McDermott Library remains viable.
  • The Student Union Annex, or the Union’s south end, will be closed to traffic until further notice.

Graduation Ceremonies to Boost Traffic, Fill Up Parking Lots May 15, 16

May 11, 2009
Visitor Information Booth

Check in with the visitor information booth.

Five commencement exercises – one each for the School of Management’s undergraduate and graduate students Friday and combined ceremonies Saturday for the Schools of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; the School of Arts and Humanities and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science; and the Schools of Interdisciplinary Studies and of Natural Sciences and Mathematics – will lead to filled parking lots and increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the Activity Center on May 15 and 16.

Lot J

Lot J can be seen to the left of the Activity Center.

Please allow extra time for traveling to graduation celebrations on campus. UT Dallas police will post signs and direct traffic to help guests arrive to these events. For those using University Parkway, the main entrance off Campbell Road, parking Lot J will be the closest lot to the Activity Center. It is expected to fill quickly. Stop by the visitor information center to be directed to overflow parking in Lots M, Q and D, which can be reached off Armstrong Drive.

Lot I

The view of parking Lot I looking east from Drive H.

For those approaching campus off Waterview Parkway from the west, parking will be available in†Lots H and I. Lots H and I near Conference Center can be reached using Drive A. Travel east on Drive A to the three-way stop sign at Drive H and head north past an open field on the passenger side, preparing to turn right into any of the next four driveways. Park and walk out of the lots back to Drive H and head south to Drive A. Turn left walking east toward the Activity Center.

University-Wide Power Outage Scheduled for Saturday, May 23

May 7, 2009

An electric power service interruption is planned for Saturday, May 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the UT Dallas campus so construction crews can energize an underground electrical distribution service, including a second main feeder line to campus. Efforts will be made to support all critical loads by emergency power generators during Saturday’s outage. Every campus building will be affected, with the exception of the following:

  • Waterview Science and Technology Building (WSTC)
  • Waterview Park Apartments
  • New and old facilities management buildings (PP)
  • Police/Garage/Grounds Building (PG)
  • Service Building (SB)
  • Callier Center Richardson (CR)
  • Magnetic Observatory
  • New Visitor Information Center

The University Village Apartments will not be affected by the outage. However, many computer systems and websites will be down during the power outage. Students, faculty and staff should turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations. For safety, all buildings will be closed during the outage and no one will be permitted to enter or work in any of the buildings on campus without making prior arrangements through the UT Dallas Police Department at 972.883.2331. In the event of rain, the outage will be canceled and rescheduled. For more information, please contact Nick Argueta, Facilities Management Plant Engineer, at 972.883.6834.

Monthly Siren Test for Wednesday, May 6, Canceled; Weather Cited

May 6, 2009

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the monthly siren tests for UT Dallas and the city of Richardson have been canceled. According to the National Weather Service, Richardson is part of a severe thunderstorm watch until 1:00 p.m. and parts of the city are under a flash flood watch until noon. The monthly siren tests will resume at noon Wednesday, June 3.

Student Services Building Site Fence Goes Up Wednesday, May 6

May 5, 2009
Map of Fencing

In this Google satellite image of the UT Dallas campus before current enhancements began, the yellow represents the fencing around the Student Services Building site and the blue line represents the fencing around the Dining Hall site. The red labels are for the Student Union and Student Union Annex.

Crews contracted to begin work on the Student Services Building will erect a fence around the construction site Wednesday morning, May 6. Southern pedestrian access to the Student Union will remain an option from Drive A until after Spring Commencement May 15 and 16. Soon after Commencement, the fence will move to completely close off southern access to the Student Union from Drive A to allow construction of a bridge connecting the Student Union to the Student Services Building. Pedestrian access to the Student Union will be either by using the path through the mall construction site (select the pedestrian mall tab for illustration) connecting McDermott Library and the Student Union from the east or through the northern entrance across from Founders Hall.

Monthly Siren Testing Begins Wednesday, May 6

May 4, 2009
Siren Near School of Management

One of three, this siren is located near the School of Management.

The University of Texas at Dallas will conduct its first regular test of the new outdoor warning siren at noon Wednesday, May 6. That is the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. The siren system, which also has voice warning capability, was installed recently as a campus communication tool for emergency notifications to protect lives and property. Possible future uses for the warning system include:

  • Tornado warnings.
  • Severe thunderstorms with destructive winds.
  • Reports of large hail.
  • Other emergencies, as determined by University administrators or community officials.

The University is working to procure and install an indoor system to complement the outdoor system.

Concrete Placement for Residence Hall Set for Friday, April 24

April 23, 2009
New Residence Hall

This aerial view of the new residence hall was taken April 1 by Austin Commercial.

A concrete placement for the new residence hall is scheduled from 3:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 24. Residents of University Village Apartments’ Phase 8 (buildings 56 and 57) and Waterview Park Apartments’ Phase 9 (building 67) may hear construction noise during that time. Every effort is being made to minimize disruptions. This is the last scheduled early morning concrete placement for this project.

Parking Lot M Largely Reserved for SOM Event, April 20

April 20, 2009

A large portion of Parking Lot M near the School of Management will be blocked off Monday, April 20, for an event this evening titled “Voices from the Frontline.” The seminar, starting at 6:00 p.m. in Davidson Auditorium, will feature the vice presidents of Samsung, Texas Instruments and World Link who will address how the wireless revolution has changed industry, business strategies and what their firms are looking for in terms of collaborative ventures and applications.

Test of New Outdoor Siren System Set for April 22-23

April 17, 2009
Siren Near School of Management

The siren near the School of Management.

The University of Texas at Dallas will test a new outdoor warning siren between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on April 22 and 23. The siren system, which also has voice warning capability, was installed recently as a campus communication tool in the event that conditions warrant emergency notification to take action to protect lives and property. The University will test the siren the first Wednesday of every month at noon, the same time used for siren tests in nearby municipalities. Possible future uses for the warning system include:

  • Tornado warnings.
  • Severe thunderstorms with destructive winds.
  • Reports of large hail.
  • Other emergencies, as determined by University administrators or community officials.

Power Outage Set Saturday, April 18, for Administration Building’s Third Floor

April 16, 2009

An electric power service interruption is planned for Saturday, April 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., affecting the third floor of the Administration Building (AD). The outage is needed to increase electrical capacity. Staffers are advised to turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations Friday evening. For more information, please contact Walter Welch, electrical foreman, at 972.883.2118, or email progress@utdallas.edu.

Trucks Again to Take Rutford for MSET Concrete Placement Friday, April 10

April 9, 2009

A second concrete placement for part of the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center’s (MSET’s) first floor is scheduled from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 10. Expect traffic delays on Rutford Avenue and allow more time for both vehicular and pedestrian travel. The MSET contractor, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, will direct 30 trucks carrying concrete east on Synergy Parkway to Rutford and south on Rutford to the MSET construction site entrance. The trucks will exit campus using the same route.

Rutford to Close Sunday Morning, April 5, to Make Room for Crane

April 2, 2009

Rutford Avenue will be temporarily closed Sunday, April 5, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to allow a crane to remove some materials from Karl Hoblitzelle Hall (HH.) Rutford will be closed between Berkner Hall and Drive A. For more information, please contact Steve Lyles, Utilities Superintendent, at 469.426.5910.

Events to Boost Traffic, Fill Up Parking Lots on Saturday, April 4

April 1, 2009

Four events – the Final Four of College Chess, the Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Competition, the Game Engineering Conference 2009 and a UT Dallas softball game – will fill up parking lots and increase vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the Activity Center on Saturday, April 4. Please allow extra time for traveling to events on campus. The east side of Lot H and the west side of Lot J are reserved 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday for the Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Competition. Portions of those parking lots will be cordoned off. Beyond Lot J, which is expected to fill up first, more parking will be available in Lots H and I. Lots H and I near Conference Center can be reached by following the green striping from Lot J at Drive A and heading to the three-way stop sign. After coming to a complete stop, turn right heading north on Drive H, pass an open field on the passenger side, and turn right into any of the next six driveways. Park and walk out of Lots H or I and back to Drive H to walk south to Drive A. Turn left heading east toward the Activity Center. Lot G, which can be reached using Armstrong Drive and traveling toward McDermott Library, offers additional parking near the Student Union if needed.

30 Trucks to Take Rutford for MSET Concrete Placement Friday, April 3

April 1, 2009

A concrete placement for part of the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center’s (MSET’s) first floor is scheduled from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 3. Expect traffic delays on Rutford Avenue and allow more time for both vehicular and pedestrian travel. The MSET contractor, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, will direct 30 trucks carrying concrete east on Synergy Parkway to Rutford and south on Rutford to the MSET construction site entrance. The trucks will exit campus using the same route.

Rutford Avenue Restrictions Extended to April 15

March 26, 2009
Water Line Installation

Water line installation beneath Rutford Avenue, the red line on the left in this map, has run into delays.

The construction project constricting Rutford Avenue, a key north-south artery on campus, to one lane has been extended to April 15. Crews encountered utility interferences while attempting to install a new water line beneath Rutford and requested more time to relocate the line. Access to Rutford remains limited to the Comet Cruiser, university and construction vehicles, and drivers with disabilities, each having to take turns traveling the one-lane passage. Police will strictly enforce access as well as laws regarding speed limits and stop signs. Two flagmen, one on each end of affected portions of Rutford, will help guide traffic between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until the project is complete. After 4:00 p.m., flashing-light barricades, university police and student patrols will help direct traffic. In addition, pedestrians are encouraged to travel the western portion of Rutford, the side opposite the construction site and fencing.

Rutford Avenue Closed to All Traffic Sunday Morning

March 20, 2009

Rutford Avenue will be closed from 7 — 11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 22, to allow a crane to deliver heavy equipment to Karl Hoblitzelle Hall (HH). Rutford will be closed in front of Hoblitzelle between Berkner Hall and Drive A. For more information, please contact Steve Lyles, Utilities Superintendent, at
469.426.5910.

Water to be Shut Off on South-Side of Student Union March 18

March 18, 2009

Construction crews plan to shut off the water supply to the southern end of the Student Union after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, to tie in new water lines related to the mall renovation project. The water shut-off will not affect any of the food service areas. The water will be off for roughly 4 hours. A second water shut-off is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, affecting the northern end of the Student Union. Signs have been posted directing Student Union south visitors to use restrooms on the north side of the building between 6:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

Momentary Power Outage Set for Wednesday, March 18

March 15, 2009

A momentary power outage is scheduled for 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. The outage, which is expected to last a few seconds, is needed to allow Facilities Management electrical crews to realign building loads in preparation of the campus-wide outage set for 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

The following buildings will not be affected by the March 18 outage:

  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (NSERL)
  • Waterview Science and Technology Building (WSTC)
  • Waterview Park Apartments
  • Records Storage Building (OSB)
  • New and Old Facilities Management Buildings (PP)
  • Police/Garage/Grounds Building (PG)
  • Magnetic Observatory
  • Temporary Visitor Center
  • Service Building (SB)
  • Callier Center - Richardson (CR)
  • University Village Apartments

Students, faculty and staff are advised to turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations Tuesday evening. For more information, please contact Walter Welch, electrical foreman, at 972.883.2118 or visit the Pardon our Progress website.

University-Wide Power Outage Scheduled for Saturday, March 21

March 10, 2009

Minor Outages Planned Across Campus March 15

In the run-up to the March 21 outage, limited power outages have been scheduled from 4:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Sunday, March 15. The power outages will allow a construction contractor to replace an electrical feeder cable that was damaged on February 20, and shift several existing buildings over to the new cable. The following buildings will be affected:

 

Lloyd V. Berkner Hall (BE)

 

Conference Center (CN)

 

Founders West Annex (FA)

 

Karl Hoblitzelle Hall (HH)

 

At 8:00 a.m., the School of Management (SOM) and the Engineering/Computer Science North and South (ECSN/ECSS) buildings will experience a momentary blip when they are switched over to the new electrical feeder cable. The Activity Center (AC) will be removed from temporary generator units and switched to the electrical feeder cable before opening noon Sunday.

An electric power service interruption is planned for Saturday, March 21, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Richardson campus so construction crews can energize an underground electrical main feeder service. Efforts will be made to support all critical loads by emergency power generators during Saturday’s outage. Every campus building will be affected, with the exception of the following:

  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (NSERL)
  • Waterview Science and Technology Building (WSTC)
  • Waterview Park Apartments
  • Records Storage Building (OSB)
  • New and old facilities management buildings (PP)
  • Police/Garage/Grounds Building (PG)
  • Service Building (SB)
  • Callier Center Richardson (CR)
  • Magnetic Observatory
  • Temporary Visitor Information Center

The University Village Apartments will not be affected by the outage. Students, faculty and staff should turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations for Spring Break. For safety, all buildings will be closed during the outage and no one will be permitted to enter or work in any of the buildings on campus. All services are expected to be restored within three hours after completion of the electrical work. In the event of rain, the outage will be canceled and rescheduled. For more information, please contact Nick Argueta, Facilities Management Plant Engineer, at 972.883.6834 or visit the Pardon Our Progress website.

Access, Speed Strictly Enforced as Rutford Narrows to One Lane March 2

February 27, 2009
Traffic Restrictions

Traffic will be restricted more than usual in March on Rutford, the red line on the left in this budget map.

Rutford Avenue, a key north-south artery on campus, will be narrowed to one lane beginning Monday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 31, so construction crews can install a new water line. Access to this portion of Rutford is limited to the Comet Cruiser, university and construction vehicles, and drivers with disabilities, each having to take turns traveling the passage. Police will strictly enforce access as well as laws regarding speed limits and stop signs. Two flagmen, one on each end of affected portions of Rutford, will help guide traffic between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until the project is complete. After 4:00 p.m., flashing-light barricades, university police and student patrols will help direct traffic. In addition, pedestrians are encouraged to travel the western portion of Rutford, the side opposite the construction site and fencing.

Saturday’s 3 Events to Boost Traffic, Fill Parking Lots on Campus

February 27, 2009

The convergence of three events – Scholars’ Day, THEA testing and the American Southwest Conference Basketball Championships – threatens to fill parking Lot J and increase vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the Activity Center on Saturday, February 28. Allow extra time for traveling to campus and on campus. Signs will guide visitors to the information booth on Armstrong Drive for parking permits, as well as directing them to various lots and event venues. In addition, venue-specific directions have been posted on our website. If parking Lot J fills up, more spaces will be available in Lots H and I. Lots H and I can be reached by following the green striping from Lot J where it meets with Drive A and taking it west (a left) to the three-way stop sign. After coming to a complete stop, turn right heading north on Drive H and pass the open field on the passenger side. Turn into any of the next six driveways and head east. Park and walk out of Lot H or I back to Drive H and head south to Drive A. At Drive A turn left heading east to the Activity Center.

Pardon Our Progress: New Routes Suggested as Project Moves North

February 22, 2009
East-West Pathways

This map shows new east-west pathways as the mall construction project pushes north on Friday, February 27

The mall-renovation construction site will expand north on Friday, Feb 27, pushing the fence up to near Green Center and altering east-west traffic across campus.

Ease the pain by being aware of these upcoming changes and following this advice:

  • Use the indoor pathways and skywalks (PDF) as much as possible.
  • Consult the Pardon our Progress map for updates.
  • Watch for the creation of a new Mobile Campus “pardon our progress” group.
  • Use an accessible sidewalk veering toward Founders and around Founders’ east face as well as an accessible ramp that places travelers back on the mall north of the fence.
  • Use a fenced-in concrete sidewalk through the active construction site between the Student Union and McDermott Library.

Damage to Electrical Feed Assessed Saturday

February 20, 2009

Work crews cut electrical power to many parts of campus from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, to assess damage to an underground high-voltage electrical duct bank.

The damage was caused by a construction contractor on Friday morning.

Most campus buildings were affected, with the following exceptions:

  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (NSERL).
  • Waterview Science and Technology Building (WSTC).
  • Waterview Park Apartments.
  • Records Storage Building (OSB).
  • New and old Facilities Management Buildings (PP).
  • Police/Garage/Grounds Building (PG).
  • Service Building (SB).
  • Callier Center Richardson (CR).

The University Village Apartments were not affected by the outage.

Students, faculty and staff were asked to turn off all computers and electronic equipment before leaving their work stations on Friday.

All services were restored noon Saturday.

Please contact Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, 972.883.2549, for more information.

Accessible Parking Added at Engineering-Computer Science Complex

February 17, 2009

Four accessible parking spaces are now available west of the Engineering-Computer Science Complex. Bicycle racks were relocated to the north-south entrance of the building Friday, February 13, to make room for the new spaces. Bikes left on the racks were to be turned over to the UT Dallas Police Department.

Intersection of Drives H, L Closing 7:00 a.m. Till Noon Sunday

February 13, 2009

The intersection of Drives H and L will be closed from 7:00 a.m. till noon, Sunday, February 15, to paint a new crosswalk. Motorists are urged to use Drive A, which is south of Drive L, to enter campus off Waterview Parkway.

University’s Temporary Visitor Information Booth Staffed, Operational

February 13, 2009
Information Center

Visitors to UT Dallas can obtain temporary parking passes at the Information Center.

A temporary visitor information booth is up and running off University Parkway where it forks with Armstrong Drive. Visitors to UT Dallas can obtain temporary parking passes or get help with campus directions. The booth is staffed 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 2:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Saturdays. In addition to parking passes, loading-zone passes and campus maps may be obtained.

Bike Racks Make Way for Accessible Parking Spots Near Engineering

February 12, 2009
Bike Rack

The bike rack will be moved to the entrance of the Engineering-Computer Science Complex.

A small bicycle-rack area on the west side of the Engineering-Computer Science Complex South will be converted to accessible parking spaces. The bike rack will be moved Friday, February 13, to the building’s entrance between Engineering-Computer Science North and South. Owners must remove their bikes from the rack so the space can be re-striped for parking. Bikes left on the racks will be removed and turned over to the UT Dallas Police Department.

North-South Walkway Restored Between Founders North, Berkner Hall

February 10, 2009

Students, faculty and staff now can walk north or south past the west faces of Founders and Founders North to reach the Jonsson Academic Center, University Theatre, and the Visual Arts Studio to the north and the Engineering and Computer Science Complex, and Student Union to the south. With the demolition of a small building finished and its rubble removed, crews working on the upcoming Math, Science, Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) cleared the path for pedestrian travel Tuesday.

Four-Way Stop Signs Installed at Rutford, Drive D

February 6, 2009
Four-Way Stop Signs

Newly installed stop signs will cause motorists from every direction to stop at the intersection of Rutford Avenue and Drive D.

In an effort to keep motorists and pedestrians safer, four stop signs were installed Thursday at the intersection of Rutford Avenue and Drive D, near the ATEC building where traffic turns into the student apartments parking lot. The stop signs were requested to help slow construction vehicles traveling north and south on Rutford. UT Dallas police said they want to remind everyone that the campus speed limit is 20 miles per hour and that it will be strictly enforced.

New Homecoming Parade Route Announced

January 30, 2009
Homecoming Parade

Rutford Avenue and the vinyl green stripe will replace Drive A (shown above) for this year’s Homecoming Parade route.

A new homecoming parade route will be used this year in light of ongoing campus construction projects. Student organizations and departments will receive designated parking spots in Lot A to set up floats and parade entries. Participants and their entries will line up in parade order and be led by police motorcade behind the services building, down the service road, across the bridge, past the North Lab and Lot P to Rutford Avenue.

Homecoming Parade Route

Step outdoors during the lunch hour Friday, February 6, and line Rutford Avenue for the best viewing of the Homecoming Parade.

The parade will proceed south on Rutford and turn into the student-apartments parking lot, following the vinyl green stripe to Lot H, where the judges’ stand will be to review the floats. The parade is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., Friday, February 6. All entrants must be at Lot A no later than 10:30 a.m. to begin lining up for the parade. Visit the Homecoming Parade web page for more information.

Jazz Concert Attendees Should Use Waterview, Drive A

January 29, 2009

Guests attending the Tribute to the Texas Tenors concert Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, should access the UT Dallas Conference Center via Waterview Parkway and Drive A. Take Drive A east past the student apartments and prepare to turn left at the three-way stop sign. Turn left heading north on Drive H to access Parking Lot I, the first parking area on the right. From Parking Lot I, the Conference Center is due east.

Parking Lot G Closing Thursday For Special Event

January 26, 2009

Parking Lot G will be closed all day Thursday, January 29, to accommodate 200 guests anticipated to join University President David Daniel at a reception in honor of retiring Texas State Representative Fred Hill. Lot G is reserved for off-campus guests attending the special event for Hill, who has been “an outstanding advocate for UT Dallas in the Texas Legislature.” The event, scheduled in the Student Union, Room SU 2.602, is invitation-only. A guard will be stationed in Lot G to assist parking for people with disabilities, who will be allowed access. To get to the Student Union from Parking Lot G, head west between McDermott Library and the Green Center, passing the construction fencing and walking up a small hill to the Student Union building, which will be on the left across from Founders. Head past the mural and patio and enter the building. Once inside, follow the signs to the Galaxy Room 2.602.

Armstrong Drive Closing Friday, 6 to 7:30 a.m., to Pour Concrete

January 22, 2009
Armstrong Drive

Armstrong Drive, veering right off University Parkway just past this silver car, will be closed Friday, January 23, from 6 to 7:30 a.m.

Armstrong Drive off University Parkway will close to vehicle traffic between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Friday, January 23, to pour concrete for a temporary visitor information station. The curb along University Parkway will be cut in places to make room for the station, which will be built in the median. UT Dallas police will help direct traffic. To avoid the congestion, approach UT Dallas from the east side of campus. From Campbell Road, head north on Floyd Road to Lookout Drive. Head west on Lookout to reach Lots A, B, C, D, F, G, M, and Q.

Scoring From the Perimeter: Best Ways to Approach UTD

January 16, 2009

In an effort to reduce congestion along University Parkway, Drives A, H, and Rutford Avenue, UT Dallas Police provide the following suggestions:

  • If you are headed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL), Dallas International School (DIS), Arts and Technology (ATEC) or the Visual Arts Building, use Synergy Park Boulevard and Rutford Avenue for your approach and use Lots O, P, L and E for parking.
  • If you are headed to the School of Management, use University Parkway, turn right on Armstrong, and park in Lots M and Q.
  • If you are headed to the Engineering-Computer Science Complex, or the Activity Center, use University Parkway off Campbell Road and park in Lot J.
  • If headed to Multipurpose/Administration Building, McDermott Library, Green Hall, Green Center or the Bookstore, make the left from Floyd onto Lookout Drive and head west to Lots A, B, C, D, and G.
  • If headed to Conference Center, Hoblitzelle Hall, Berkner Hall and the Founders buildings, approach from Waterview Parkway heading east on Drive A to Drive H. Next, turn left heading north to the parking Lots H and I on the right.

Construction Fence to Take More Ground

January 16, 2009

A construction fence between the Activity Center and the School of Management (SOM) will be expanded to allow work to begin Tuesday on a circular drive.

The work site will require people going to SOM from Parking Lot J to walk to the lot’s southeastern end and continue due east toward University Parkway to a new sidewalk for travel north to SOM.

Please refer to the Pardon our Progress map (middle tab) for an illustration.

Berkner Foot Traffic Increases in Advance of Demolition

January 14, 2009

Walkways at the intersection of Founders, Founders North, Founders Annex and Berkner Hall have been closed in preparation of Thursday and Friday’s scheduled demolition of a small building just north of Founders Annex and west of Founders North.

Students, faculty and staff wanting to head east or west in the area should go through Berkner Hall. The first floor of Berkner offers access to Founders Annex. The second floor of Berkner offers access to the Engineering-Computer Science Complex, Founders Annex, Founders North and Founders.

Demolition will occur Thursday – not Friday, as originally scheduled – near the site of the upcoming Math, Science, and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) and will help make room for its construction.

Occupants of the neighboring buildings should expect considerable noise and disruptions during the demolition, which is expected to take four to seven days and includes time for hauling of debris.

All wood pallets, concrete and asphalt from the campus construction projects will be recycled.

Bike Racks Added to Campus Locations

January 14, 2009

Crews will begin work today installing bicycle racks at a number of campus locations. Several bike racks were lost to the campus construction projects.

New areas to park and lock bikes include:

  • North of McDermott Library
  • North of the Student Union
  • South of Green Hall
  • Between Founders and Green Center

Riders are asked to refrain from attaching bikes to anything other than the racks.

From Bike Racks to Parking For Those With Disabilities

January 14, 2009

A small bicycle rack area on the west side of the Engineering-Computer Science Complex South will be converted to accessible parking spaces. The bike rack will be moved to the south side of the building.

Owners must remove their bikes from the rack before Monday, January 19, so the space can be restriped for parking. Bikes left on the racks will be removed and turned over to the UT Dallas Police Department.

In addition, a temporary access ramp was added near the southwest corner of McDermott Library. The ramp allows wheelchair access from the School of Management to the bookstore and library. A permanent ramp at that location, as well as additional ramps and sidewalks, will be installed shortly.

MSET Construction Pushes Pedestrians Across Street

January 13, 2009
Artist’s Rendering of MSET

Artist’s rendering of MSET.

Fencing cast around the construction site for the Math, Science, and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) obstructs the east sidewalk of Rutford Avenue just south of Drive D. Pedestrians must cross Rutford to the west and walk south along the Energy Plant until they reach Berkner. At that point, pedestrians’ southern travel resumes on both sides of Rutford.

Follow the Vinyl Green Stripe

January 12, 2009

Green vinyl striping placed on Drive H and Lot H is there to guide motorists through an alternative north-south thoroughfare. Motorists are urged to drive slowly and take extra care when using this route because it is close to student housing and may have occasional pedestrian traffic.

Lot P Users Urged to Walk Down Rutford to Campus

January 12, 2009

People leaving Lot P near NSERL should walk down Rutford Avenue south to Drive D to access central campus. Construction of a road to a new parking lot for visitors to the Multipurpose/Administration Building is under way, and the site is off limits to pedestrians.

Drive D, between the Arts and Technology (ATEC) Building and the Visual Arts Building, offers access to north central campus buildings Jonsson, Green, Founders North and the University Theatre.

Project Bars Walkway Between Green Hall, Green Center

January 9, 2009
Piping

Piping installed between Green Hall and Green Center.

A project to replace utility lines serving the Ida Green Center obstructs the walkway between Cecil Green Hall and Green Center. The installation of new utility piping involves removing concrete. The project is expected to be complete in mid-March.

The construction area is clearly marked and barricaded. All pedestrians in the construction area are urged to be cautious.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Steve Lyles, EMS Superintendent, Facilities Management, at 972.883.2148, or e-mail: lyles@utdallas.edu.

Crews to Demolish Small Building Near Founders Annex

January 9, 2009

Demolition of a building north of Founders Annex and west of Founders North starts Friday, January 16. The space is needed for construction of the new Math, Science and Engineering Teaching – Learning Center (MSET).

Occupants of Berkner Hall, Founders Annex and Founders North should expect considerable noise and some disruptions associated with this work. Class rescheduling in affected areas may be appropriate.

The project is expected to take four to seven days. While the contractor will make every effort to ensure safety, the campus community is urged to exercise caution.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, Facilities Management, at 972.883.2549 or e-mail: krk084000@utdallas.edu.

Changes to Roads and Walkways

January 9, 2009

Students, faculty and staff returning to the University on Monday will find changes affecting how they will move around campus, including roads and walkways that are no longer passable. more >>

Ongoing Construction

January 6, 2009

During the next several months, campus roadways and walking paths will be disrupted by ongoing construction to improve the services the University can offer students, faculty and staff. You can make your travel in and around campus more pleasant and efficient if you will:

  • Be mindful of new signage and traffic direction devices.
  • Allow extra time for travel and parking.
  • Watch the University’s News Center daily ping for updates on road closures, planned power shutoffs, and suggested strategies for coping with what will be a messy but worthwhile period of disruption.
  • Periodically review the Pardon Our Progress Map.

Questions or suggestions should be forwarded to progress@utdallas.edu.

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