Reminder: Fire alarm testing this week

A reminder that Facilities Services is conducting annual testing of the fire alarm systems in all buildings beginning today, Aug. 10 through Monday, Aug. 17. It will be necessary to activate the horns and strobes during these tests. Disruptions will be kept to a minimum as much as possible.

Fire Sprinkler Testing Tomorrow

Facilities Services will be conducting testing of the building fire sprinkler systems on Thursday, Aug. 6. During the testing it will be necessary to periodically sound the fire alarm. Disruptions will be kept to a minimum as much as possible. As always, we appreciate your patience.

Fire alarm testing Aug. 10-17

Facilities Services is conducting annual testing of the fire alarm systems in all buildings Monday, Aug. 10 through Monday, Aug. 17. It will be necessary to activate the horns and strobes during these tests. Disruptions will be kept to a minimum as much as possible. We appreciate your patience as we perform this necessary testing.

Next up for construction: removing and replacing Sangamon breezeway concrete-doors to be blocked

At the end of this week, we will begin removing and replacing the concrete in the “breezeway” between Sangamon Hall and Sangamon Hall South. As part of this project we will also be replacing the sidewalk on the west side of Sangamon Hall. This will result in some inconvenience as we will have to block the south doors to Sangamon Hall. Access to Sangamon Hall will be available through A. Lincoln Commons and signage will be appropriately placed. Because of the close space in the area between the buildings, this will be a fairly noisy process and your patience is very much appreciated.

The project will take about three weeks and will coincide with the stairway project also on the west side of the building.
If you should have any questions, please call 786-9605.

Thank you.

Hugh Garvey
Assistant Vice President, Construction

Update on campus construction projects

We’d like to update you all on the projects around campus. The wet spring and early summer have obviously affected many of our projects. However, the roof replacement on Montgomery Hall has been completed and the masonry repair project is moving along nicely, albeit a week and a half behind. Our best efforts are to be out of the front of the buildings by the end of next week. We plan to finish the project on the east side of Menard.

We’ll begin work on the replacement of the Workforce Careers Center entry slabs today, to correct the deficiencies that caused the slabs to heave this past winter. We also have begun mobilizing for the removal of the exterior concrete stairs on the west side of Sangamon Hall. These will be replaced by metal stairs with open grated treads, safer and cleaner than the old stairs.

At the end of the month we will begin replacing the concrete in the “breezeway” between Sangamon Hall and Sangamon South. We will have that completed prior to start of classes.

The sidewalk lighting project will also be completed by then and we will soon bid a project that provides an accessible route to the Helen Hamilton area on the west side of Sangamon Hall.

Next week we begin two projects on and off campus. The parking lot at the Capital City Training Center will be repaired, resealed and striped and the north section of the Truck Driver Training lot will be removed, supplied with a de-watering system and replaced.

Finally, this fall we will replace the septic system at the Child Development Center.

We very much appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to improve our facilities and environment. As always, please feel free to call with any questions or suggestions.

Thank you,
Hugh Garvey
AVP Construction, 786-9605

Relay for Life event on campus this weekend

The American Cancer Society is holding its annual Relay for Life on campus this Saturday, June 13. The relay walk and activities will be held throughout parking lots 5-8. These lots will be reserved and blocked off beginning Thursday night. Exiting traffic will also be re-routed from Millennium Drive at the Trutter Center.

Prairie Restoration Update

If you walk around campus on your lunch or break, you may venture along one of our prairie areas. Take a moment and observe the native plants as you pass. You will notice that they are abuzz with activity. Bees, butterflies and other insects are constantly moving from plant to plant in search of nectar or pollen. Now take a look at the freshly mowed lawn. It appears neat and attractive but wait… something is missing. Why are the pollinators not buzzing about? Lawns are a monoculture of turf grasses that are treated to kill the dandelions, clover and any other “weed.”  Therefore, it is important that we create a balance in our landscapes.

Native areas such as ours at LLCC are vital to the pollinators, and according to the USDA, “Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.” Take a look at the pictures and descriptions of what is blooming in the prairie now and slow down on your next walk to observe nature in action here at LLCC.

Butterfly milkweed

Butterfly milkweed

Lanceleaf coreopsis

Lanceleaf coreopsis

pale purple coneflower (2)

Pale purple coneflower

Penstemon

Penstemon

Campus renovation updates

Prior to Commencement, we’d like to update you on what to expect next over the summer regarding renovation projects. Most of the masonry repair on Cass Gym is complete. We have moved over to the south elevation of Sangamon Hall and begun masonry work at the west corner. On Monday, we will begin work on Sangamon and Menard halls where most of our work is concentrated. We have a great deal of tuck pointing to do on the east elevation of Menard and quite a large area of masonry repair to Sangamon and Menard halls on either side of the entry to the Commons.

Later this summer we will be removing and replacing the exterior concrete stairs on the west side of Sangamon Hall, while at the same time we are making parking lot repairs. Within the next two weeks, we should also be starting the new roofing work at Montgomery Hall.

We’ll continue these updates throughout the summer, but if you should have any questions please feel free to call. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Hugh Garvey, construction manager

Several Menard hallways to be closed next week

Facilities Services would like to notify all faculty and staff that as part of the Menard Hall carpet replacement project, the hallway from M 1165 to M 1168 as well as the hallway from M 1172 to M 1179 will be closed from Monday, May 18th to Sunday, June 7th. All classrooms in these areas will be inaccessible as well during this phase of the project.

Thank you,
Dave Bretscher
Facilities Director

Summer renovation projects on campus

We have an unusually large number of projects to complete on our main campus this summer. We will be repairing and tuck pointing the masonry at Sangamon/Menard halls and Cass Gym. This should have been completed last year, but it is being managed by the Capital Development Board and some internal difficulties there stalled the project until this year. We will begin at the exterior of Cass Gym on Monday and then move to Sangamon and Menard halls after Commencement. This project will necessarily be loud with the use of grinders and rotary hammers, but we will try to mitigate this as much as possible. The project will require three staging areas: the area near the Boiler Room will be the main area for brick delivery/storage and mortar mixing, so we are requesting that there be no parking in that area. We will also temporarily use 4 or 5 parking spaces east of Cass Gym and an area on the east side of Menard Hall.

Several other projects will also be ongoing this summer. We’re putting a new roof on Montgomery Hall and replacing the exterior stairway on the west side of Sangamon Hall. We are also adding lighting to the sidewalk that connects the north end of the campus with the south end. This was a request from some of our students which was passed on to this office by Dave Bretscher, our Director of Facilities. In addition, we will be replacing the concrete between Sangamon Hall and Sangamon Hall South and, finally, we will be resealing, repairing and restriping our parking lots and drives. At present, we are anticipating being complete with all of these projects by the beginning of the fall semester.

We will be keeping you informed of our progress and as always, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we complete these projects. If you should have any questions, please free to call me at any time.

Thank you.

Hugh Garvey
Asst. VP, Construction