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Facility Management Notifications

Holiday Season Break - Energy Conservation Effort

December 11th, 2015

The Offices of Facilities Management and Sustainability continue to work together to pursue a reduction in DePauw University’s carbon footprint and energy consumption. In pursuit of these objectives, we are requesting the support of all students, faculty, and staff this holiday season to conserve our campus energy use while campus offices are closed for the period of December 23– January 3.

For the past several years, Facilities Management has reduced building electrical and heating loads during this time. Each year, a savings of $30,000 - $40,000 in combined electricity and natural gas consumption costs have been documented by this effort. Additionally, this effort assists in reducing the University’s carbon emissions and pursues the climate action plan.

What Facilities Management Will Do

Facilities Management will begin making adjustments to campus building systems on Friday, December 18, 2015. Heating and ventilation systems will be scheduled to maintain minimum building temperatures of 60° F. A few exceptions will be made to accommodate any previously scheduled events, as well as to protect equipment, plants, and animals. These include:

  • Green Center for the Performing Arts – all spaces will be maintained at 68° F to protect musical instruments

  • Harrison Hall – normal temperatures will be maintained in areas that house small animals

  • Lilly Center – temperatures will be maintained as needed to support athletic events and practices

  • Olin Biological Sciences and Greenhouse – will operate normally with no changes due to potential impacts to plants and animals 

What You Can Do to Help

As you prepare to leave campus for the holidays, please take a few moments to prepare living units and offices for the conservation period.

  • Set your thermostat to 60° F.

  • Individual room heating units should be set to their lowest heating level and lowest fan speed. PLEASE DO NOT TURN THE POWER OFF TO THESE UNITS.

  • Unplug power strips, computers, coffee makers, microwave ovens, holiday lights, and any other appliance or electronic device that may consume power. Many appliances and electronic devices consume electricity even though they are turned off. These are called “phantom loads” and can account for 5-10% of an average electrical consumption.

  • Make sure all windows are completely closed and locked. If window blinds are present, close them to help mitigate heat loss.

  • Ensure that all doors are completely closed and locked. 

  • Turn off all lights. 

Facilities Management will monitor weather conditions and building temperatures during the holiday break. Base on the weather, Facilities Management will be prepared to make operational adjustments, as needed.

Thank you in advance for your support in this important conservation effort. If you have questions, concerns, or comments please direct them to Facilities Management at Ext 4233.  The Office of Facilities Management wishes you a happy and safe holiday season.

Chris Hoffa, Energy Engineer

Anthony Baratta, Director of Sustainability


Hannah Street Closure

October 5th, 2014

Both lanes of Hanna Street will be closed from the east of College Street and the west of the Union Building loading dock on Wednesday October 7th at 7AM and is anticipated to reopen at 4PM.  Deliveries to the Union Building will need to be redirected to arrive from the east off of Locust Street. 

Olive Street Closure

August 25TH, 2014

On Wednesday, August 27th, Olive Street will be closed west of Indiana Street to install an underground storm water retention basin associated with the Lilly Rec Expansion project. Because of this, access will be closed to Jackson Street and to the Facilities Management building parking lot from Indiana Street.

This closure will last through Friday, September 26th. The length of closure is subject to change depending on the weather. Additional notices will be sent as the schedule is updated with the progress of the work.    

Hanna Street Closure

July 28th, 2014

As part of our utility relocation project in respect to Hoover Hall, Hanna Street will be closed from Tuesday July 29th, 2014 – Wednesday July 30th, 2014, from 7:00AM - 5:00PM to vehicular traffic with the exception of deliveries. Traffic will be diverted at Indiana Street and Locust Street. Northbound traffic on College Street will be re-directed west onto Indiana Street.

Electrical Shut Down

July 28th, 2014

On Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 8:00AM, all campus facilities north of Hanna Street, including Peeler Art Center and with the exception of Duplexes, Tennis and Track and Blackstock, will be without electricity. This power outage is temporary, with service anticipated to be reinstated by 4:00PM that day. Precautionary steps in regards to generators will be taken and monitored throughout the power outage. Additionally, Facilities Management staff will be on site monitoring the progress.

College Avenue Closure

JULY 28TH, 2014

On Tuesday, July 29, the intersection at College Avenue and Olive Street will be closed to tie in the pool drain from Lilly Rec to the sanitary sewer manhole in the intersection of College and Olive. This means that both College Avenue between Olive Street and Hanna Street and Olive Street between Lincoln Avenue and Locust Street will be closed. This closure will last through Wednesday, July 30.