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Parking Lots O, P to be Evacuated for Closure Friday, December 20

December 19, 2013
Parking Lots Closing

By the close of business Thursday, December 19, all vehicles should be removed from parking lots O and P or they may be subject to towing Friday morning, December 20.

Construction of the upcoming Bioengineering and Sciences Building is slated to begin over the winter break. In support of this project, parking lots O and P will close Friday morning, December 20. Facilities Management crews will barricade the entrances to these lots early Friday morning, and the contractor then will enclose the construction site with fencing. Vehicles need to be removed from the lots by the end of the day, Thursday, December 19, or they may be subject to towing. Vehicle owners whose cars are towed may contact the UT Dallas Police Department at 972.883.2222 for more information. Drivers who currently use these lots are advised to park in lots A, B and T in the future. Everyone’s continued patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

Scheduled Power Outages to Take Place over Winter Break

December 5, 2013

UT Dallas Facilities Management has scheduled several power outages during winter break for annual maintenance, inspections and cleaning of critical equipment. These shutdowns are being scheduled while the University is officially closed for winter break to minimize disruptions and inconvenience. The Central Energy Plant (CEP) and Satellite Utility Plant (SUP), which affect heating and air conditioning only, will be shut down from 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 20 through Thursday, December 26. Several campus buildings will be without heating or air conditioning while maintenance work is performed. For more information, contact Steve Lyles in Facilities Management at 469.426.5910.

In addition, the following schedule lists the buildings that will undergo power outages for maintenance and inspections. All power, including electricity, will be out in theses buildings during the respective dates/times.

 

Winter Break Outages
Building(s) Date(s)* Type of Outage Duration
* All electrical outages scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on their respective dates.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL) December 21 2013 Power outage/total building – affects electricity 9 hours
Berkner Hall (BE) December 30 2013 Power outage/total building – affects electricity 12 hours
McDermott Library (MC) December 30 2013 Power outage/total building – affects electricity 12 hours

Administration Building (AD)

English Language Center (ELS)

Founders North (FN)

Green Center (GC)

Green Hall (GR)

Jonsson Academic Center (JO)

North Lab (NL)

North Office Building (NB)

Physics Building (PHY)

University Theater (TH)

Visual Arts (AS)

January 2 2014 Power outage/total building – affects electricity 12 hours

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.

Additional projects happening or starting during winter break include:

 

More Work in Store
Project/Location Date(s)*
* All electrical outages scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on their respective dates.
Remodel PHY (formerly ATEC) December 5 2013 February 28 2014
Jonsson balcony enclosure December 12 2013 January 31 2014
Roof screen at Berkner Hall December 14 2013 January 31 2014
Remodel Green Hall 1st floor lounge/pit December 19 2013 January 13 2014
Remodel Green Hall stairwell December 19 2013 January 13 2014
Flooring improvements in Jonsson Academic Center December 19 2013 January 13 2014
Remove berm/install utilities between Lots H & I December 19 2013 January 13 2014
Waterproofing JSOM north face December 19 2013 January 13 2014
Bioengineering and Sciences Building Construction begins December 20 2013
North Mall Enhancement Construction begins December 20 2013

North Mall Bike Racks to be Off Limits Starting December 17

December 5, 2013
Bicycle Rack

Don’t forget to take your bike with you during the break. Bikes left locked to campus racks will be confiscated by UTD police.

Cyclists should plan to remove their bikes from racks inside the north mall construction area no later than Tuesday, December 17. Any bikes left in the construction area on Wednesday, December 18, will be impounded; owners will have to pick up their bikes at the UT Dallas Police Department. Bike racks will be relocated to accessible locations on the perimeter of the affected buildings.

Construction for North Mall Transformation to Begin Friday, December 20

December 3, 2013
North Mall Renovation Area

The green area on this map shows the construction site for the north mall renovation, phase two of the Peter Walker Partners’ Campus Landscape Enhancement Project. Construction begins Friday, December 20, the day UT Dallas breaks for the winter holiday season. The north mall renovation project is expected to take a year to complete.

Renovation of the north end of campus will begin during winter break as part of the University’s Campus Landscape Enhancement Project. Landscape architect Peter Walker’s campus enhancement plan will expand north from the Trellis to the Administration Building. The project will produce a more park-like environment for the north mall to complement the transformation of the south end of campus, which was completed in 2010.

On Friday, December 20, construction crews will begin staging the green area on the map with equipment and fencing, which will remain in place for the duration of the project. The north mall will be closed to pedestrian traffic for at least a year as the renovation progresses. From December 20 to January 13, weather permitting, crews will work to demolish and remove pavement and heavy debris to make way for more green space. Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can expect high noise levels, increased construction traffic and altered access points to affected buildings and areas of campus during construction, including the Administration Building, Erik Jonsson Academic Center, University Theatre, Founders North Building, Founders Building, Cecil and Ida Green Center, and Cecil H. Green Hall. Campus community members and visitors are encouraged to allow additional travel time to reach their destinations. Drivers may experience some delays as large trucks move in and out of campus, and road flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic as necessary. The entrance to Lot G will be modified. Pedestrians will be redirected to the perimeter entrances of the affected buildings and are encouraged to use the skywalks (PDF) that connect the Administration Building with the Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Founders North Building, Founders Building, Cecil H. Green Hall, Lloyd V. Berkner Hall, and the North and South Engineering and Computer Science buildings. Access to the Eugene McDermott Library, Student Union and southern portions of campus will not be affected. Read more in the News Center announcement, and check the following resources for future updates and helpful information for navigating campus:

  • For the latest updates on parking, follow @UTDallasParking on Twitter or subscribe to email updates.
  • Construction project information is available on Twitter @UTDConstruction or by checking here. There also will be increased signage throughout the buildings and email or text message announcements as necessary.
  • News Center, the University’s Facebook page and Twitter @UT_Dallas will also post updates.

Power to Parking Garage to be Cut Off Briefly Friday, November 1

October 31, 2013
Parking Garage

The garage will be open Friday, November 1, however, during the power outage its elevator, lights and signs showing space availability won’t be working.

On Friday, November 1, power to the parking garage will be disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in order for crews to address an electrical issue. The garage, at the corner of Drive A and Drive G, will remain open throughout the outage. However, the electronic car-counter signs, lights and elevators will not work.

Water Service to be Restored to Administration Building around 8:00 p.m.

October 25, 2013
The Administration Building

A main water line valve failure has people working in the Administration Building visiting nearby buildings’ restrooms.

Restrooms in the Administration Building are closed following a water main equipment failure in the basement that led to water to the building being shut off. Employees are asked to use the restrooms in the Jonsson Academic Center until water service can be restored, which was expected around 4:00 p.m. Crews identified the issue around noon today as a failed part inside a backflow valve called an RPZ, a reduced pressure zone backflow preventer. According to Kelly Kinnard, director of Physical Plant Services, the part is 27 years old and hard to find. They ended up having to replace the entire valve. However, the replacement valve has failed as well due to a defective part within the assembly. Water now is expected to be restored around 8:00 p.m.

Helicopter Scheduled to Lift Equipment Onto Roof of Founders Sunday, October 20

October 16, 2013
Flight path for helicopter air lift.

The blue line on this map shows the approximate flight path a helicopter will take to air lift heavy equipment onto the roof of the Founders Building on Sunday, October 20.

On Sunday, October 20, the UT Dallas facilities management team will work with contractors to move an air handling unit and exhaust fan to the roof of the Founders Building via helicopter. Normally a crane could be utilized, but due to limited space and the terrain around the Founders Building it wasn’t feasible. The air lift will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and should be completed quickly. The flight path will run from the end of parking Lot B off Lookout Road, to the roof of the Founders Building.

Construction Set to Begin on Next Parking Garage

September 20, 2013
Parking Structure III Construction Site

Crews installed fencing around the site of Parking Structure III, which will be the campus’ second multilevel, 750-space parking garage.

Effective Friday, September 20, construction crews are mobilizing to begin work on Parking Structure 3, at the southeast corner of Loop Road and Rutford Avenue. A fence has been installed around the construction site, just west of the North Lab (NL) and north of the radio tower. Sidewalks along the fence, on the east side of Rutford and the south side of Loop Road, will be closed through construction, which is slated for completion by fall 2014. Sidewalks on the west side of Rutford and the walkway east of the construction site, which passes the English Language Center (ELS), will remain open. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 972.883.2141.

Campus Entrance off Waterview Debuts Friday, August 23, Ahead of Weekend Soccer

August 22, 2013
Waterview Parkway Entrance

Accessing campus using the Loop Road, off Waterview Parkway at Tatum, offers a more direct path to the soccer fields.

UT Dallas will open new Loop Road segments A and B Friday afternoon, August 23, to ease heavy traffic anticipated for Saturday’s soccer games. The new road bringing vehicles onto campus off Waterview Parkway at Tatum deposits drivers onto parking Lot U near the soccer fields. Loop Road segment C, a small stretch from Lot U to Lot J, will be opened Saturday afternoon. The city of Richardson will place signs along Campbell Road and Waterview Parkway on Friday, alerting drivers to the new entrance off Waterview. The existing access road off Campbell will be closed and barricaded as well Friday afternoon. The city plans to permanently remove that entrance and add a curb and gutter on Campbell within the next two weeks. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 972.883.2141.

Access to Jonsson From Mall Barred During Roof Repairs

July 22, 2013
The Jonsson School

Access from the mall to the east entrance of the Jonsson Academic Center will be barred during roof repairs underway now through August 5.

Access from the mall to the east entrance to the Jonsson Academic Center will be barred for two week, starting Monday, July 22, while the roof is being repaired. Students, faculty, staff and guests are asked to use the north, south or west entrances until the work is completed August 5, weather permitting.

Portion of Loop Road Closed for Month, Starting July 10

July 9, 2013
Loop Road Near Lot R

This section of the Loop Road, between Rutford Avenue and parking Lot R, will be closed to modify the median starting July 10.

A segment of the northern Loop Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 10, while crews modify the median. The work, affecting a section of Loop Road from Rutford Avenue to Parking Lot R, is scheduled to be completed by August 14, weather permitting. The affected portion would then be reopened to campus traffic. During the project, parking Lot R will remain open and accessible from Synergy Parkway via Facilities Way. Traffic along Rutfuord Avenue will not be affected and parking Lots O, P and L will remain open and accessible. For more information, contact project engineer Nick Argueta at 972.883.6834.

Pond near Student Housing to be Drained in Preparation for New Construction

June 24, 2013
The Pond

The pond in front of Student Housing Phase V will be the site of a small wildlife rescue effort Tuesday, June 25.

Crews will begin draining the pond next to Student Housing Phase V this week in preparation for construction of Student Housing Phase IV. Any wildlife in the pond — including fish, turtles and frogs — will be rescued and relocated on Wednesday, June 26, to the retention pond east of McDermott Library. The re-sculpted pond will be filled up in late spring 2014 and wildlife will be reintroduced.

Scheduled Maintenance to Affect Internet Services Saturday, June 22

June 18, 2013

Scheduled maintenance activities impacting network connectivity are planned for 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Faculty, students and staff can log in to Galaxy for more information.

Electrical Outages Scheduled over Memorial Day Weekend

May 22, 2013

Electrical outages are planned for upgrade of meters and transformers across campus over Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 24. Affected areas of the UT Dallas campus will be without power during the following times:

 

Memorial Day Outages
Building(s) Date(s) Duration
Satellite Utility Plant (SUP) May 24 2013 May 25 2013 10:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
McDermott Library (MC) May 24 2013 May 25 2013 7:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.
Student Union (SU) May 27 2013 6:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

Activity Center (AB)

Visitor Center and University Bookstore (VCB)

May 27 2013 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m.

Administration Building (AD)

ELS Building (ELS)

North Lab (NL)

May 27 2013 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

During the outage times, for safety reasons, no one will be allowed to enter the affected buildings without police department approval and escort.

Roof Replacement Set for Jonsson, University Theatre

May 16, 2013
The Love Jack

The Love Jack sculpture separates Univesrity Theatre (left) from the Jonsson Academic Center. Both buildings will have their roofs replaced starting Monday, May 20.

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

May 4, 2013
Artist’s Rendering of JSOM Addition

An artist’s rendering shows the Naveen Jindal School of Management addition at night.

Starting Monday, May 27, 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 2:00 a.m. Friday, April 12

April 10, 2013
Parking Structure I at Drives A and G

The next concrete placement will take place starting around 2:00 a.m. Friday, April 10.

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

April 1, 2013

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 2:00 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

April 1, 2013
ATEC Building Construction Fencing

This sidewalk between the ATEC Building construction site and the Naveen Jindal School of Management will be blocked off soon to accommodate installation of new street lamps along Drive A.

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

March 28, 2013
Parking Structure I

Construction of Parking Structure I, located at the intersection of Drives A and G, will involve a series of concrete placements between now and the end of June.

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

February 11, 2013
Areas Affected by Construction

This sidewalk between the ATEC Building construction site and the Naveen Jindal School of Management will be blocked off soon to accommodate installation of new street lamps along Drive A.

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) will begin on February 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:

  • The Waterview Parkway and Tatum Street intersection (northbound).
  • The south side of the Waterview Park Apartments.
  • The recreational sports fields.
  • The southwest corner of Parking Lot “J” (Activity Center parking lot.)

Pedestrian and regular vehicular traffic flow will be detoured around the construction areas. Additionally the road into the soccer fields from Campbell Road may be closed at certain times.

Watch for heavy machinery and trucks around and next to the construction area.

For more information, contact Facilities Management Project Manager, Nick Argueta, at 972.883.6134 or 469.387.2694, for more information.

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