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Holiday Hours: Edwardsville Campus, School of Dental Medicine, Alton Campus, and East St. Louis Higher Education Campus will be closed with NO building access (except those with after-hours card access) from end of business on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, until January 3, 2011. On the Edwardsville campus, from January 3, 2011, until classes resume on January 10, 2011, buildings are closed earlier (usually before 7:00 PM) each evening.

Faculty and staff are reminded that during the Holiday Break, heat in the buildings is kept to a bare minimum so if planning to work, dress accordingly.

In addition, in the event of snow during the Holiday Break, only roads are cleared; parking lots and sidewalks are not.

Hours for Lovejoy Library are:

Sa Dec 18 Commencement CLOSED

Su Dec 19 Holiday Break - No Classes CLOSED

M-W Dec 20-22 Holiday Break - No Classes 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

R-F Dec 23-31 Holiday Break - University Closed CLOSED

Sa-Su Jan 1-2 Holiday Break - University Closed CLOSED

M Jan 3 Semester Break - No Classes 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Any other special holiday hours will be sent by the department on the faculty/staff listserves and posted at the department offices.

Extreme caution urged…

Construction is underway on the Science Building and several changes to campus roads and parking have been incorporated. CAUTION: The roadway from Circle Drive to Lot E has an additional stop sign entering the parking lot - drivers have been observed running this stop sign which is very dangerous as engineering students use this road as a main path to the Engineering Building. Also, truck traffic has increased on this feeder road as materials are delivered for construction. A stop sign has been installed at the construction site exit for the delivery trucks; however, pay close attention to confirm that the trucks actually stop. A new stairway has been installed on the north side of the feeder road to enable the engineering students to walk between the Engineering Building and the north parking lots, so again, use caution and pay attention to pedestrians.

The Gift that will keep on giving…

Building occupants are reminded to be certain all food trash is discarded into the appropriate receptacles before leaving for Christmas break. The banana left in a trash can in December will be especially unpleasant by January, and everyone in the office, perhaps everyone on the floor, will notice!

Something buggin' you?

Unfortunately, during the school year, FM receives many calls about critters (furry and otherwise) inside the buildings. FM maintains a contract with a Pest Control company that sprays campus buildings monthly, but some critters are very persistent. Report any unwanted visitors to Steve Brandenburg at 2069; he will phone the Pest Control company.

Lost and Found

For many years, items found by the Building Service Workers on their rounds were returned to the Building Services office. Faculty, staff and students would check with Building Services first in their search. Soon, people just assumed that Lost and Found was at the Building Services office. However, the "real" Lost and Found on campus is at Union Station. Found items should be returned to Union Station or the items can be turned in to the Information Center next door. Building Service Workers leave the items at Union Station or the Information Center, also. If the item lost is as important as a Student ID or an ATM card, workers at Union Station or the Information Center will be glad to assist in locating it. All lost items are housed at Union Station regardless of where they are received; however, items of value such as keys or a wallet are housed at University Police. Phone 3324 to "track down" a lost item of value.

Just in Case…

Employees who need to be on campus during Christmas break should be aware of the following:

In case of a police emergency…………………………………………Dial 911

When in need of campus police assistance OR when reporting a building problem (police will radio a building engineer)...………………………………………Dial 3324

IIRA at WIU Sponsoring Wind-Monitoring Program at SIUE

November 19, 2010

MACOMB, IL -- The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University has entered into an agreement with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) to develop a test site for monitoring wind velocity. According to Jolene Willis, wind-energy program assistant at IIRA's Value-Added Sustainable Development Center, the center works with schools, farmer- and rural-electric cooperatives, municipalities and others in exploring the wind potential in their locales.

She noted that staff members at the IIRA are pleased to begin the next phase of the wind-monitoring project with SIUE.

"In hosting a meteorological (met) tower, the SIUE test site will be gathering information regarding wind potential for its own site, as well as contributing to a statewide wind database and map that will provide valuable information to people throughout Illinois."

Willis explained that a 60-meter (197-foot) met tower will be temporarily installed on or near the site, which could potentially be used for a wind turbine.

"The tower will be installed for 12-14 months, transmitting real-time data via a cellular modem. The data is available for viewing at Illinois Wind at," Willis said. "To accurately forecast how much electricity may be generated at a particular site, wind velocity must be measured for at least a year. The tower will then be moved to a new test site."

SIUE Director of Facilities Management Robert B. Washburn noted the campus is located in an area that has been historically considered marginal for wind generators.

"SIUE's unique location on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River bottoms potentially results in a more promising wind pattern," he said. "SIUE officials are excited to have the opportunity to partner with IIRA and WIU to test that theory. If there is a significant impact on potential wind energy due to the bluffs, the tower is located to measure that effect. We're already installing a small wind turbine and photovoltaic array (solar panels) at SIUE's Environmental Resource Training Center to demonstrate the potential for the use of renewable energy at waste-treatment plants for those who attend that unique facility for training. The meteorological tower will provide solid data to allow decision makers at SIUE to evaluate whether wind turbines are a sound investment at our location. When we are talking investments of this magnitude, the better the data, the more comfortable we feel making recommendations."

IIRA's Value-Added Sustainable Development Center is offering organizations and landowners throughout the state an opportunity to assess the wind at a site under consideration for wind power, Willis noted. The program is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. She added that a limited number of sites will be selected each year to undergo monitoring of wind velocity; sites will be selected from applicants interested in erecting either a small-scale or utility-scale wind turbine.

To learn more about the wind-monitoring program, contact Willis at the IIRA Value-Added Sustainable Development Center at (800) 526-9943. Visit the Illinois Value-Added Sustainable Development Center online at

Posted By: WIU, University Relations

Phone: (309) 298-1993 * Fax: (309) 298-1606


Window Upgrades

One of the largest energy wasters on campus is the large single pane windows in the majority of our buildings. When the campus was originally designed, energy was cheap and plentiful and the expense of double pane or insulated glass windows was considered an extravagance. However, today energy costs are increasing and the University continues to find methods to reduce those costs. Obviously, replacement of the single pane windows would be a big help, but the cost of replacement is expensive. However, the University is moving forward with replacement of windows at Peck Hall. In the office areas, an insulated panel will be installed from the floor to about 3' height which will improve the occupant's comfort as well as reduce energy consumption. The remaining glass sections will be insulated glass and the metal sections will be replaced with thermally broke metal sections. The University has hired an architect to design the replacement units at Dunham and to do preliminary studies at Rendleman Hall. The State is paying to replace the windows in Dunham Hall, so the University recommended an architect to the state and hired the same architect for Peck and Rendleman Hall. Unfortunately, the State Legislature enacted a new review process for state purchases and contracts and that extra review step has contracts tied up across the state. Thus, though the design of Dunham Hall was started first, the work on Peck will be completed first.

Science Lab Building West

Construction is underway on the Science Building and several changes to campus roads and parking have been incorporated. CAUTION: The roadway from Circle Drive to Lot E has an additional stop sign entering the parking lot - drivers have been observed running this stop sign which is very dangerous as engineering students use this road as a main path to the Engineering Building. Also, truck traffic has increased on this feeder road as materials are delivered for construction. A stop sign has been installed at the construction site exit for the delivery trucks; however, pay close attention to confirm that the trucks actually stop. A new stairway has been installed on the north side of the feeder road to enable the engineering students to walk between the Engineering Building and the north parking lots, so again, use caution and pay attention to pedestrians.

The construction work is proceeding, although it is all underground and not obvious to viewers. The design calls for over 550 augers to be drilled to bedrock (about 70' down). Each auger is about 16' in diameter and has steel reinforcing the full height and then is filled with compacted concrete grout. Currently, the contractor is doing about 10 augers per day, but hopes to increase the daily number as they become more proficient. The work has begun at the east end of the new construction and will move to the west. Once the augers are completed on the east end, the contractor will begin installing the concrete caps (footings may be a more familiar term) and follow the auger installation to the west. The other prime contractors are using this time to order materials and where possible, building components to be installed later. For example, the ventilating contractor is forming ductwork now although he won't be able to start installing it until later this spring.

Engineering Building Addition

The design for the engineering addition has resumed. The architects have been interviewing staff and faculty to determine their needs and are now developing more detailed concept drawings of the proposed addition. Currently, it is planned to have the project bid in the early summer of 2011 with construction completed in time for the fall semester of 2012.

Vadalabene Center Addition

The architect and engineers are finalizing the contract documents and will be submitting them to the University for review in December. The project should be bid in February 2011 and construction should begin in late spring.

Dunham Hall and Lovejoy Library

By now, everyone should be aware of the refinished restrooms in Dunham Hall and Lovejoy Library. Enjoy these new facilities, but as always, take care of them.

Morris University Center

The majority of the work was completed as school started this fall. Over Thanksgiving vacation, the lavatories were removed and replaced and new front panels were added to finish the lower portion of the vanities.

Art & Design

The architects have conducted additional meetings with the faculty and staff to finalize the floor plans. The architects are taking those last suggestions and comments and incorporating them where possible into the final design. The Campus Design Review committee will be looking at the proposed exterior design and discussing it with the architects. An updated cost estimate will be provided and contract documents should begin after the first of the new year. It is anticipated that bidding will occur during the spring and construction beginning in late spring or early summer. This building should be on line by the start of school in the fall of 2012.

Heating & Refrigeration Plant

This facility is an unknown to many on campus, but is an integral part of the engineering school program. This building is where the students put the knowledge to practical use as they build concrete canoes, steel bridges, solar cars and Formula One cars. The removal of 3 large old fashioned boilers created a new space for the students to work. Two of the boilers had openings under them, so in December, a contractor will complete a structural infill of steel and concrete to close the openings. A foot high curb supported the boilers and is critical to the building structural framing, so the new pads will be one foot above the base floor. A ramp will allow vehicles to be rolled onto the platforms; the height will be advantageous to some of the work on the projects.


The locker room project is getting close to completion. As usual, there are a few items to complete and as usual, there are roadblocks. In one case, AmerenIP can't seem to locate the power to the site and can't turn the power off to allow the electrical contractor to make the final power connection. As usual, a solution will be worked out and this issue and the few others resolved so the occupants can move in and enjoy the new space. A second project at the baseball field is the removal of the grass and dirt infield and replacement with artificial turf. SIUe will be the first Midwestern university to use a professional quality turf on their school field. Currently, only two major league teams have the same turf. This turf was bid as an alternate and the price was comparable to the base bid turf, so it made sense to get the best for the same cost.

Alton Campus

Heavy rains have tested the waterproofing that was just completed on building 8277. Some sealant work remains before the job is 100% complete, but the results are already very encouraging. Buildings 8271, 8272, and 8274 have had their windows and blinds replaced and good reports have been received of the improved appearance and comfort within the buildings. As the temperatures continue to drop, the occupants will be even more satisfied with the comfort from the new windows. The Museum windows are also being replaced and will be pretty well completed in December.


A final walk through on the fence project was completed recently. A number of small touch up issues were noted and the contractor is working to correct them. Over all, the new black wrought iron fence restores the original beauty of the first fence. Unfortunately, the fence contractor and his bond company both went bankrupt, so the State had to start over to correct the problems with the fence that was installed. The end result is well worth the aggravation from the original contractor. An athletic field was completed on the south side of the campus to be used by the Charter School students primarily, but will also be available to other campus groups.


There are a variety of on-going projects across the campus that are normal maintenance and upgrades. One example is the replacement of 28 doors at the Alton campus. There are problems with these doors, so the University as routine maintenance will replace the doors and install new hardware. From time to time, Facilities becomes aware of a need to make a doorway accessible, so the door handle is replaced with a lever style to allow easier access. (Note that only one door to a space needs to be accessible, so there are times when only one of a group is changed.) New furniture is replacing office furniture throughout Peck Hall; much of the furniture that is being replaced is original to the building; that is, purchased in the mid 1960's. Future long term projects will include window replacements in other early buildings, rest room upgrades where they haven't already been completed, electrical system upgrades, plumbing and HVAC upgrades, and as always, general appearance improvements. The campus is growing with all the new buildings, but the existing are not being neglected.



Temperature Control, Work Order Control, Customer Service/650-3711

Key Control/650-3200

Utilities & Energy Management/650-3329



Business Manager, Alicia Wainright/650-3161


Janice LaRiviere/650-3804 (Maintenance)

Steve Brandenburg/650-2069 (Building Services, Grounds)

Ed Matecki/650-2258 (Utilities)

Frank Zaloga/7252 or 6350 (Alton SDM and ESLHEC)


Rick Klein/650-3575

Mohammad Rouf/650-3917

Patrick Long/650-2810

Facilities Management Fax: 618-650-2595

After hours/week-end building problems: 650-3324

Published by: Facilities Management
Last Update: 31 December, 2011
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