The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Monday, 6/27/2016

UPDATE 6/28/16 11:00 PM Gas service restored with a temporary patch.  Permanent repair to be scheduled.

On Monday 6/27 workers found a problem with a gas supply line serving the Cogswell, Polymer, MRC and JRSC buildings.  A temporary repair by National Grid was made.  A permanent repair of the gas line will be scheduled with a certified gas contractor.  Notice will be sent in advance of any subsequent outages needed to effect permanent repairs.

Wednesday, 6/22/2016

As part of the RPI Campus continuing infrastructure maintenance, upgrades and repairs, on Thursday June 23 a 45’ trailer, housing a steam boiler, will be temporarily placed on the Biotech side of 15th Street, near the southeast corner of Biotech building. The Boiler will be in place until the end of July. This boiler will provide temporary steam service, avoiding any steam service interruption, while work is performed on the steam main expansion joints near JRSC. As part of this infrastructure work there will also be an excavation at the southeast corner of JRSC that will reduce the JRSC, DCC, JEC, and CBIS entrances from College Ave. to one lane for a short period. We appreciate your patience during this work.

Tuesday, 6/14/2016

Beginning on Wednesday June 15, 2016 the walkway between the Rensselaer Union and the Public Safety Building will be under construction.  For your safety please respect the barriers and us alternate routes.  See attached map.  Work will continue through July 8, 2016.

Alternate Pathways

Wednesday, 6/1/2016

Summer contruction projects are now fully underway in the Quadrangle, North Hall and E-Comlex.  Parking around the construction areas will be affected and sidewalk closures are expected as well.  For your safety please respect the barriers and use alternate routes.

Tuesday, 5/10/2016

The 2016 Steam and Electrical systems outages are scheduled to begin Tuesday May 31st and continue through Tuesday June 7th.  This work is done on the main Rensselaer campus annually in order to perform critical infrastructure preventative maintenance.   The Physical Plant works closely with the Registrar’s Office, Summer at Rensselaer and Rensselaer’s Conference Services to minimize the impact to our students.  By communicating the outage schedule well in advance we strive to minimize the impact to our researchers, faculty, staff and visitors.

The 2016 outages are similar to the those done in previous years.  The shutdown of the steam system will take place...

Monday, 4/4/2016

Carnegie Hill Retaining Wall

As a follow up to the Carnegie Hill Slope Stabilization project work will commence shortly to complete the retaining wall by installing a brick facade to improve the appearance of the structure.  The work should not produce a great deal of noise but will affect pedestrian throughfare in front of the Carnegie Building.  Please pardon our appearance as the work proceeds for the next 45 days.

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...