The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Wednesday, 8/31/2016

CII building roofing replacement begins this Friday at 7:00 AM with the arrival of a large crane and the installation of fume exhaust nozzle modifications on the CII South tower.  The large crane provided by Burt Crane will only be on site Friday.  Work resumes after the holiday weekend on Tuesday September 6th with the arrival of a smaller crane and the beginning of the actual roofing work.  Titan Roofing is our contractor and the normal working hours will be between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  The roofing crane owned by Titan will remain on site throughout the duration of the work.  Safety corridors composed of temporary rental fencing will be established to facilitate crane operations and reroute pedestrian traffic.  Emergency vehicle access...

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 the first week in June.

Air Supply and Fume Hood Exhaust Systems

Bi-Annual Shutdowns - June, November

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

Quarterly Shutdowns - January, April, July, October...