Prairie maintenance

Over the next few months you may notice that some needed prairie maintenance is being done. The area south of Poorman Drive will be the focus of these efforts, which include:

  • Conducting a controlled burn. This helps control non-native species and returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Removing the 17 pine trees and replacing with 35 native trees around the campus. The eastern white pines are not native to this part of Illinois and certainly not within a prairie. They create a serious safety concern when conducting the burns as they are extremely flammable. Their removal will allow for a more complete burn and maintenance of a more natural appearance.
  • Replanting the edges with more native flowers and less grasses.
  • Looking to develop volunteer opportunities or volunteer partnerships with outside groups to help maintain the prairies.

The possibility of our prairie areas becoming a part of the Monarch Butterfly Initiative is also being explored. This program is headed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Prairie maintenance

Over the next few months you may notice that some needed prairie maintenance is being done. The area south of Poorman Drive will be the focus of these efforts, which include:

  • Conducting a controlled burn. This helps control non-native species and returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Removing the 17 pine trees and replacing with 35 native trees around the campus. The eastern white pines are not native to this part of Illinois and certainly not within a prairie. They create a serious safety concern when conducting the burns as they are extremely flammable. Their removal will allow for a more complete burn and maintenance of a more natural appearance.
  • Replanting the edges with more native flowers and less grasses.
  • Looking to develop volunteer opportunities or volunteer partnerships with outside groups to help maintain the prairies.

The possibility of our prairie areas becoming a part of the Monarch Butterfly Initiative is also being explored. This program is headed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Hallway and sidewalk closures for conduit repair

As a part of the sidewalk lighting improvement project that is ongoing, the crew working on the directional boring machine to the east of Menard Hall inadvertently damaged a conduit by the sidewalk. There is a small amount of water that got into the building downstairs outside the server room (M-0021) in the hallway, and this hallway will be closed until the conduit is repaired. In addition, please be aware of any sidewalk closures that occur in the next few day as some areas of sidewalk immediately outside Menard Hall may need to be removed to repair the damaged conduit.

Sidewalk lighting project – lane closures

The sidewalk lighting project for the north side of the Springfield campus has begun. This project will add lighting to the walkways and approaches around Cass Gymnasium, Menard Hall, A. Lincoln Commons, Sangamon Hall, Millennium Center, the bus stop on Poorman Drive, the prairie on Foundation Drive (as you turn off Poorman Drive toward Workforce Careers Center), and the sidewalk to the east of parking lot 16. Occasionally, it will be necessary to close lanes on Foundation Drive and Poorman Drive to complete the installation of utilities and light fixtures. The lane closures will be during normal work hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and the contractor will be providing traffic control. Please use caution when entering the Springfield campus during these hours.

Your patience is appreciated as we work to improve the safety and security of the Springfield campus. Please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Ervin at 786-9605 with any issues related to this project.

Fan work in Sangamon Hall continues

Fan work in Sangamon Hall continues through tomorrow, Aug. 17. The work is taking place in the Sangamon mechanical penthouse and requires the fan on the south of the building to be turned off. While this work is occurring, there may be times that some areas on the first and second floors on the south end may feel a bit stuffy when the fan is off. This will affect areas in and around S1101 through S1104, S1113, offices S1105 through S1110, classrooms/labs S2209 through S2216 and offices S2222 through S2227.  The fan on the north end of the building will continue to provide conditioned air. If anyone should have a concern that areas are becoming too stuffy, please give Tim Ervin, director of construction and EHS, a call. Your understanding during this time frame is appreciated as work is done to improve the overall quality of the mechanical system.

Fan work in Sangamon Hall

There will be work occurring in the Sangamon mechanical penthouse that will require the fan on the south end of the building to be turned off starting Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 17. While this work is occurring, there may be times that some areas on the first and second floors on the south end may feel a bit stuffy when the fan is off. This will affect areas in and around S1101 through S1104, S1113, offices S1105 through S1110, classrooms/labs S2209 through S2216 and offices S2222 through S2227.  The fan on the north end of the building will continue to provide conditioned air. If anyone should have a concern that areas are becoming too stuffy, please give Tim Ervin, director of construction and EHS, a call. Your understanding during this time frame is appreciated as work is done to improve the overall quality of the mechanical system.

Fire alarm testing Aug. 8-14

LLCC Facilities Services will be coordinating testing of the fire alarm systems at all LLCC locations beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and continuing through Tuesday, Aug. 14. While we strive to keep disruptions to a minimum, at times it will be necessary to activate the horns and strobes. Your patience is appreciated as we perform this necessary testing.

Fire sprinkler testing Aug. 1 and 2

LLCC Facilities Services will be coordinating testing of fire sprinkler systems at all locations on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and Thursday, Aug. 2. We always strive to keep disruptions to a minimum, but it will be necessary to occasionally sound the fire alarm horns during parts of the testing. Your patience is appreciated as we perform these vital tests.