By the time summer hits, the floors across campus are tired and worn from all the academic year activity. That means it’s time for a new coat of wax. But don’t worry, our amazing custodial staff is already hard at work making those floors shine like there’s no tomorrow. I’m sure you have run into a few signs saying “wet wax” and the detour to your office seemed like it took forever, but don’t fret. It only takes a little while for the wax to dry and the detours to be removed. By the time Fall semester arrives all the vinyl composition tile (VCT) floors across campus will sparkle and shine again! Michigan Tech Facilities Management follows industry floor care guidelines by not waxing ceramic tile, quarry tile, terrazzo, or concrete floors. If you have any questions about floor waxing please contact Custodial Services at 487-2740.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Posted by pamuller under Planning and Engineering
Facilities Management has installed three bike repair stations on campus (near the GLRC, RL Smith Building, and Walker Arts and Humanities Building). There is also one planned to be installed by July 26, near the Waxing Building at the entrance to the Tech Trails. The Bike Repair Station is designed to hold nearly any bike. It includes an air pump and basic tools necessary for minor repairs, changing flat tires, and adjusting brakes and derailleurs. In addition to the tools, each station has a QR code attached to the support tube to take smart phone users to a comprehensive bike repair website. The grounds crew formed and poured the foundation slabs and installed the bike repair stations in areas across campus with input from the Michigan Tech bike committee.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Posted by pamuller under Fleet Services
On or around August 22nd, Zipcar is coming to campus for all 18+ Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff. Zipcar is car-sharing, an alternative to bringing a car to school, that gives members 24/7 access to vehicles parked right on campus. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day to go wherever you want to go. Members can reserve cars online or with a smart phone for as little as an hour or up to four days. This semester, enjoy all the freedom of owning a car without any of the hassle.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Posted by pamuller under Uncategorized
A majority of parking spaces in lots 31 and 34 will not be available on Monday May 21st to allow contractors to complete the asphalt paint markings. The spaces affected are along Phoenix Drive immediately in front of the Great Lakes Research Building, Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building and along the south side retaining wall. The parking areas affected will be barricaded but the road will remain open to traffic. Contact Facilities Management if you have any questions at 487-2303.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Posted by pamuller under Energy Management
We are scheduling a 10 minute power interruption at 7am on April 30 to test our campus generator starting equipment. Some have contacted Facilities to say that the outage might cause problems to their research equipment or experiments. Those concerns have prompted us to remind everyone about the need to plan for unplanned power outages. We have not had many of them, but it might be safe to say that there is about one each year on average. If there is a utility power outage, our systems will go through a starting procedure to make sure that all main breakers at the primary sub-station are open and then issue a start signal to the four campus generators that we have. Once they start, they need to synchronize to each other and then the three breakers feeding the main campus are closed one by one to restore power to campus buildings. Normally this process takes two minutes or less. However we have been and still continue to advise the campus to have systems in place for critical loads to cover a ten minute outage. We recommend 10 minutes because it gives us a window to work with should there be a failure in the starting sequence, alarms need to be cleared and the starting process needs to be repeated. Please allow for 10 minute outages when making plans to cover your critical systems. Thank you.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Posted by pamuller under Uncategorized
After the successful results of the past couple of winters, we are continuing to spray the sidewalks with salt brine in our battle to combat ice build-up on the sidewalks. The Grounds Department uses pickup trucks fitted with large plastic tanks and spray bars on the back. The brine helps prevent the packed snow from making a hard bond to the sidewalk surface, making it easier for the snow plows to remove the build-up down to the bare sidewalk. On the days with temperatures fall below about 15 degrees F, we cannot use the salt brine due to re-freezing. During these conditions, the crews continue their normal plowing operations and go to the salt brine after the temperatures warm up. We are trying to reduce the amount of sand spread on the sidewalks, which helps reduce the amount of sand tracked into the buildings. If you have any questions or comments, please contact grounds at 487-2722 or email email@example.com.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Posted by dgilbert under Custodial Services
The campus community now has an option to submit minor maintenance repairs and custodial needs like a dripping faucet, light out, hand towel dispenser out of towels, etc. These repair requests go to the responsible facilities manager and the assigned building mechanic for
Please refer to our Web http://www.aux.mtu.edu/facilities/
Friday, November 18, 2011
Posted by dgilbert under Fleet Services
In December of last year, Fleet Services purchased a brand new state of the art pressure car wash machine. Our student employees maintain the cleanliness of our fleet vehicles on a daily basis throughout the calendar year.
Our maintenance garage is equipped with the power washer as well as a powerful vacuum cleaner. We also maintain the interior of our vehicles with environmentally safe cleaning supplies.
If your department currently leases a vehicle from our department or you own your department vehicle please make an appointment to get your work vehicle detailed inside and out.
Our hours of operation are 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
Call today and we will be sure to make your university vehicle shine.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Posted by dgilbert under Sustainability
I have been involved in the recycling program at Michigan Tech for the last ten years. I have noticed that we waste a lot of paper. Here are some easy steps everyone can take that would not only save our resources, but also reduce costs for departments.
Two sided printing: Many printers and copiers are capable of two-sided printing. If yours has this capability, then set your default to print on both sides. If you need something printed on one side only, it is easy to change the settings for that print job. If you have a color printer set the default to black and white (monochrome); this will save on toner costs.
Use print selection: How many times have you printed the whole Tech Today because there was an item you wanted to keep? Instead, highlight the item you want and use print selection.
Print Preview: How many times have you printed something and the last page was blank, or had only one or two lines that are not needed? Do a print preview so you only print those pages that you need.
Reuse: If you do end up with a copy that is blank or almost blank, don’t just chuck it in the recycle bin. Use it for scrap paper, or print on the other side when you are printing a draft or something similar. Some professors on campus recycle used paper by using the blank sides to write on while using the document cameras in our classrooms.
We can all do our part to help reduce paper waste and cost.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Posted by pamuller under Maintenance
As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce our energy consumption, Facilities Management is replacing three air compressors on campus. The first one was completed on Thursday, September 29th, at the ATDC building. These compressors use much less electricity than the units they replace, and the project qualified for a rebate from our electric utility company. Our net investment in this project will be returned with lower electric bills in a little over a year.