The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Thursday, 2/11/2016

Very cold weather is expected to return to our region this weekend with temperatures in the single digits.  This cold weather follows a period of unusual warmth where many windows were opened to enjoy the fresh air.  With this in mind we would ask that you help protect Rensselaer Facilities and prevent pipes from freezing by taking the following actions:

  • Close all exterior doors and windows tightly.
  • Ensure thermostats are set to heat mode.
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your room.
  • Call FIXX if you experience problems with your RPI facility at (518) 276-2000 or send an email to
Wednesday, 6/11/2014

The Rensselaer Physical Plant department in conjunction with Alec Services and the Rensselaer department of Environmental Health and Safety is continuing a building materials sampling and conditions assessment begun last year. The buildings being assessed this year are primarily Academic buildings.  Work is currently in progress and will continue over the summer.

This process will be carried out in a manner that minimizes the impact to the occupants. Assessing the condition of the building materials requires Alec Services to visit each of the rooms in the building.  A representative sampling of building materials will be done throughout each building in accordance with accepted guidelines.  The purpose of the survey is to identify any asbestos contained in...

Tuesday, 9/17/2013

In order to perform preventative maintanence on our building systems the Physical Plant has implemented reqularly scheduled shutdowns as follows.  When planning your experiments please keep these in mind.

Electrical and Steam Distribution Systems

Annual Shutdowns

  • Campus wide steam and electrical distribution systems outages take place during the July 4th holiday week beginning on the Saturday before July 4th and ending on the Sunday following July 4th.

Air Supply and Fume Hood Exhaust Systems

Bi-Annual Shutdowns - June, November

  • Wednesday following Graduation  Walker Laboratory
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving ...