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The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Thursday, 6/25/2015

To comply with NY State and US Federal laws all campus elevators will be undergoing safety inspections June 29th through July 17th. 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.

Wednesday, 6/24/2015

During the Annual Electrical Shutdowns equipment testing revealed repairs were required for one of the main supply transformers providing electrical service to our buildings. The transformer was removed from service until parts were received. These repairs are scheduled to be completed and the electrical loads rebalanced on Tuesday June 30th. Emergency power will be available for buildings with emergency generators.

Thursday, 6/18/2015

BUILDINGS AFFECTED: Boiler Houses, Blaw Knox, Carnegie, Centrex, DCC, E-Dorm, 87 Gym, JRSC, MRC, 41-9th, North Hall, PAC-J, PAC-H, Pittsburgh, Quad, Rensselaer Union, Ricketts, Sage Dining Hall, Russell Sage Lab, Service, Troy, Walker and West Hall

SYSTEMS AFFECTED: Electrical Power Outage

DATE WORK TO BE DONE: Tuesday June 30th LENGTH OF TIME REQUIRED: 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM

REASON FOR SHUTDOWN: During the Annual Electrical Shutdowns equipment testing revealed repairs were required for one of the main supply transformers providing electrical service to our buildings. The transformer was removed from service until parts were received. These repairs are scheduled to be completed and the...

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...