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Monday, October 19, 2009

Science Teaching and Student Services Building Update

The following is an excerpt from the October 19, 2009 Capital Planning
and Project Management construction update regarding the new Science
Teaching and Student Services Building (ST+SS):

Delivery traffic will be heavy along Pleasant Street over the next two
weeks. Both glass curtain wall panels and precast panel deliveries are
landing simultaneously - a hard push to get the building enclosed
before winter.

The street may be closed at times by a flagman for a few minutes in
order to get truck in and out of the staging area. Please plan your
travel around the area accordingly and use alternative routes whenever

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

STSS glass curtain wall panels.jpg

Friday, October 16, 2009

MNSCU Resource 25 User Symposium Presentations

Presentations delivered by Nate Meath and Bob Quinney at the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Resource 25 User Symposium on October 16 at Hennepin Technical College.

R25, the Interface, ECS at the U of MN.pdf

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Scheduling University 2009

The Office of Classroom Management's scheduling unit will be hosting Scheduling University (Scheduling "U") 2009 on Monday, October 26 through Friday, November 13 for approximately one hour each day.

Scheduling "U" will be held in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, covering topics such as:

Scheduling "U" is open to any University staff member. For more information, please visit the new Scheduling "U" Web page or e-mail classrm@umn.edu.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Switching from Cooling to Heating

A message from Facilities Management

Switching from Cooling to Heating

As we move into the cooler seasons of fall and winter, we
would like to take a moment to explain Facilities Management's role in
transitioning from building cooling to building heating systems. The process of
switching from a cooling to heating system varies by building and area of
campus and can sometimes take several weeks.

The transition to heating is significantly more complicated
than the change to cooling. Once the heating systems are up and running, the cooling
system is shut off permanently until the following spring. If heating units are
turned on prematurely it can cause great discomfort in buildings.

While Facilities Management typically starts this changeover
by October 15, some buildings need to be handled differently and can experience
a change in temperature both earlier and later than this projected time.

Please be aware that until the cooling to heating transition
takes place, we have very limited options for bringing warm air to many of our buildings.
As the outside temperatures reach below 40 degrees, we anticipate that some
areas may experience uncomfortable temperatures. Please be patient with us if
your building or space becomes too cold due to outside temperatures.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

University of Minnesota - Facilities Management