Police officer and emergency management specialist David Jones of Public Safety captured this snapshot shortly after 7 a.m. Monday (Jan. 5) on the first floor of the Cofrin Library. Water from a broken pipe soaked ceiling tiles and rained down on carpet, flooring and chairs in the Garden Cafe seating, vending and lounge area, and along nearby concourse corridors. A quick response by Facilities Management custodians, HVAC specialists and others minimized the damage, and crews had most of the mess cleaned up within hours, although large drying fans were still in place a day later. Officials say Monday’s blast of Arctic weather — the temperature at daybreak was at least 12-below-zero — led to the indoor rain shower. It is believed that a malfunctioning fresh-air intake unit failed to properly regulate the amount of bitter-cold air drawn into the system. The result was that closed-loop, “pre-heating” pipes supplemental to the larger heating/cooling ducts burst in one or more places, sending their remaining watery contents in search of lower elevations.
Already emailed campuswide but repeated here for the record, and for the benefit of our off-campus readers, is this announcement from UW-Green Bay Facilities Director Paul Pinkston: “The construction on Instructional Services road is complete and is now open for traffic. We are planning to reinstall the cardboard compactor sometime (this) week, so until that happens, please hold onto your cardboard. Thanks for your cooperation.”
Distributed campuswide but noted here for the record: On Sept. 10, the Instructional Services Court will be closed to all public traffic, likely for all of September, for complete reconstruction of road and curbing. Please plan to find alternate parking and access to loading docks for Instructional Services and Laboratory Sciences. The mail room in Laboratory Sciences will remain functional during this project. Also, if you use the cardboard compactor, please place your materials into the compactor prior to Sept. 9. The compactor and dumpster will be moved during this project.
Sunday (Aug. 10) through Friday (Aug. 15), the Operations Department will be refinishing the floors around much of the campus. Please honor all signs and postings in conjunction with these projects. If you require any further information or have any questions, please contact the Operations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 465-2241.
Here’s a campuswide reminder that, starting Sunday (Aug. 10) and running through Friday, Aug. 15, all staff members in the Operations Department will be working second shift for the annual Floor Care Week. During this time they will be refinishing all main hallway floors, among other and various projects. They appreciate your patience, as well as your attention to signs, closures and potentially wet spaces. Any and all questions may be directed to the Operations Department at ex. 2241.
A fun Press-Gazette feature suggests that UW-Green Bay students haven’t been all that bothered by the extreme cold: “The University, like a handful of others across Wisconsin, has a system of tunnels and hallways connecting its main academic buildings. That means students can walk comfortably from class to class without piling on the layers.” There are photos, and quotes from Paul Pinkston, director of facilities management and planning, about the system that Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner justified in budget requests as intellectually necessary for an interdisciplinary institution where everybody was interconnected and working with others across campus every day. Read more.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Art program is taking the “360° experience” to a whole new visual level, with a 360° virtual tour of its facilities. This isn’t just a “click through images” tour. Check it out.
Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record: Facilities Management will be making some “fairly significant repairs” to the new roof deck on the Student Services Plaza. Contractors will begin the estimated weeklong project on Tuesday (Oct. 15). Dust and noise will be a necessary inconvenience as crews cut into the concrete to complete the work.
Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record. Facilities Management shares word that a portion of Leon Bond Drive will be reconstructed beginning July 1 and lasting through mid-August. The section in question extends from the Ecumenical Center north to the Walter Way intersection.