The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Monday, 7/14/2014

In order to facillitate the continuing improvements to the JRSC emergency power system there will a normal electrical power outage on Thursday July 17th from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Equipment on emergency power will not be affected.

Monday, 7/14/2014

This electrical outage is in preparation for an electrical feeder replacement.  Further power outages will be necessary until the final transition is made and the new feeder comes on line in September.  This work is necessary to prevent unplaned power outages to the Amos Eaton, Lally and Greene buildings.

Friday, 7/11/2014

To comply with NY State and US Federal laws all campus elevators will be undergoing safety inspections during July 2014. Individual elevators will be taken out of service for approximately 2 hours to undergo this testing.  Signs will be placed on the elevators being tested.

Questions can be addressed to the Customer Service Center at 276-2000.

Friday, 7/11/2014

There will be four hour daily Fume Exhuast and Supply Air Systems outages beginning Monday July14th through Thursday July 17th.  The outages will begin at 6:00 AM and end at 12:00 Noon each day.  The outages are necessary to facillitate an engineering review of the fume exhaust systems in the building.  John singleton is the project manager.

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, 6/3/2014

William Keller and Sons construction corporation has begun work on the Carnegie Hill Slope Stabilization Project.  This project will repair the campus roadway to Eighth Street located on the West side of Carnegie Building.  The normal work hours will be 7 AM to 3 PM.  Sheet piling installation will begin around June 11th and it will be a little noisy for the buildings in the immediate area – Carnegie, Pittsburgh, Winslow, West Hall, EMPAC and Amos Eaton.  Please expect normal roadwork construction activity including vibrations for several weeks.  Steven Quinn P.E. Manager of Engineering is the project manager for this work.  Please contact Steven directly with any questions.

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...