Campus renovation projects update

With the start of classes right around the corner, I thought I would provide an update on campus renovation projects. I would like to thank you for your patience with having to wind your way around barricades, machinery and tradesmen the last few months.

The masonry project is behind schedule, mainly due to the month of rain we endured. Cass Gym and Sangamon Hall are complete; however, with Menard Hall we are concentrating on getting as much of the grinding out of the way as we can prior to classes. We will begin grinding the area outside of the second floor classroom at the northeast corner of Menard so as to not disrupt anyone occupying it. We are also concentrating on the grinding on the east side of Menard, in order to have all the doors available the first days of classes. Tuck-pointing is a quiet operation, so we’re trying to get as much of the noise-producing work out of the way. The southeast entrance to Menard is now open.

The sidewalk lighting project on the sidewalk west of Millennium Center and east of Trutter Center is virtually complete. We have a closeout meeting this Thursday and expect that the lights will be operable that day/evening.

The Sangamon Hall stair project (west side) is slightly behind schedule. The structure has been erected, but we are awaiting the delivery of the stair treads, which we expect on Aug. 26. The stairs should be in use by the end of the month, if all goes smoothly.

The concrete work in the breezeway between Sangamon Hall and Sangamon South should be completed by the end of the week, with only caulking remaining to do. It will be ready for the start of classes.

We are on schedule with the Truck Driver Training lot. The removal of the old concrete is complete, and the grading and gravel installation will be complete on Friday. We will begin placing concrete on Thursday.

We have completed the roof at Montgomery Hall, the parking lot at the Capital City Training Center and the removal and replacement of the entry slabs at the Workforce Careers Center.

Again, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding. As always, if you should need to get in touch with me, please call extension 6-9605.

Hugh Garvey
AVP Construction

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