The Construction and Maintenance Blog

Friday, 8/7/2015

Critical repairs to the steam system necessary to ensure reliable operations this winter will begin Saturday August 8th at 11 AM and continue until Saturday August 15th at 11 AM.  There will be three areas of work.  One at the East side of the Rensselaer Union where an expansion loop will be installed and the existing manhole worked on.  Either side of Hall Hall will have work inside of the existing manholes where anchoring systems will be repaired.  The Rensselaer Union work will be barricaded for safety reasons.  The barricade may be in place for up to one month.  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, 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...