The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Thursday, 4/28/2016

The City of Troy annual hydrant flushing program begins Monday May 2nd.    According the City of Troy - Customers may experience temporary discoloration in their water and possible reduced water pressure during these flushing operations. They are also advised to avoid washing clothes when flushing is taking place in their area.   Water main and hydrant flushing will be completed during the regular working hours with the exception of the business district. For additional information, call 237-0241.

The impact to the RPI community may be noticed on Monday May 9th between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM when the water mains which feed the main campus are flushed. There...

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, 1/6/2016

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...

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...