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Committee Name: Finance, Facilities and Sustainability
Meeting Date: 2/1/2022 12:00:00 AM
John Rocha
Lewis Bryant
Jennifer Dowdy
Annalee Bondurant
Mary Woerner
Lynn Dillard
Kimberly French
Cindy Wallin
Evan Abatecola
Tim Wilhelm
Cathy Sanders
Jeff Sydenstricker
  • Facilities still has a good supply of PPE for use in your classrooms, or for use in your main common or work areas. It is up to the department heads to make sure the stock is maintained or in place in your area once facilities make the initial delivery.  If you notice the supply of PPE for your classrooms or work area is low, please email Linda Roberts or Jennifer Dowdy in Facilities immediately to let them know what is needed. A supply requisition can also be filled out on Inventory Direct.  The supply inventory on hand includes cloth mask, surgical mask, wipes, hand sanitizer and Lysol. We just received a limited supply of KN95 mask in inventory and are working those into the classroom inventory as we get them. We also have some additional desktop partitions and air purifiers in stock. We are in the process of changing all filters in the air purifiers and will have them on a schedule for future changes.  Keep an eye on the filter light and let us know if it needs to be reset. Help us be proactive, if you walk past a hand sanitizer station, please test it to make sure it is working, and if not let us know.
  • The Cooling Tower replacement project for Framatome is starting to move slowly forward. Contractors came out and took measurements and some other data was collected. We will let you know when we have an installation schedule or when we expect them to start bringing materials in.
  • The HVAC Lab expansion project drawings are almost complete and getting closer to be sent out to bid. The plan is to divide the current 4,000 square foot HVAC Lab in Framatome into three different classrooms for the CTE program.  The project will include the HVAC lab and the addition of two multi-purpose lab classrooms, possibly one for electrical use and one for future plumbing use, all within the former HVAC Lab space.  We will keep you posted as the project progresses.
  • The Alertus outdoor alert system is being heavily discussed and starting to move forward. This is an alert system that will house several speakers outside around campus.  It will be like the alert system Liberty University has that goes off during incoming weather alerts or other emergencies. 
  • The touchless water fountain/ bottle filler stations have been ordered and are here. We will be working with an outside contractor for installation.
  • Facilities and Finance are working closely together with an Architect on a project to install Ionizer units within target mechanical systems throughout campus as another preventive measure in our fight against airborne and surface microbes. The project is called bi-polar ionization. Ions are positive or negative charged oxygen atoms that are already in the air. Bi-Polar ionization units generate more positive and negative ions into the air. The ions are attracted to virus and bacteria pathogens, and they form clusters called hydroxyl radicals on the surface of the microbe walls.  This causes the hydrogen to be removed from the microbe, which helps deactivate infectious particles in the air. It is still recommended to follow cleaning protocols such as washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask as recommended and social distancing to further stop the spread. This project is closer to happening, we are just waiting on another quote.
  • Merritt Hall Wallpaper removal – The ugly brown/tan “wallpaper” covering that went up the stairs next to the bust and on the outside of the auditorium has been removed, skimmed over with drywall mud, and repainted. They did not finish this project and we are waiting on some trim work and paint touchup. The walls and door frames in the halls and common areas have been given a fresh coat of paint as part of this project on both floors. 
  • Cindy Wallin mentioned that Facilities help will be needed in Rooms 2311 and 2405 in December.  The classrooms will need to be flipped to accommodate the new Anatomage digital dissection table that was just purchased.  The table will be placed in room 2311.  Shannon McDermot will coordinate the move with Facilities. I received a call from the manufacturer and the table should be shipped this month.
  • We are working on having the MS4 retention pond, (behind facilities and across from the end of Campbell), redone.  There will be a pre-bid meeting in February.  John will keep everyone updated on the status as more information is available.
  • The eVA conversion to a new operating system is scheduled to begin the end of February.  There are hard deadlines that will allow for little to no flexibility.  Please submit any orders as soon as possible to ensure the approval is processed prior to shut down.
  • Facilities will be purchasing new campus signage in the near future and will be moving the directional sign at the exit of campus to ensure better visibility. 
Our next meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2022, at 1pm via Zoom.
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Jennifer Dowdy
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