Archive for April, 2011

Week of April 25, 2011

Electrical Outage-Chemistry & Physics Building

Facilities Management has scheduled a building electrical outage for Sunday, May 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm.  This outage will allow us to make some electrical upgrades to the fire protection system in the building.   The emergency generator in the building will remain operational to support on-going research.  It’s recommended that all computers be off during this outage to avoid the lost of information or equipment damage.


Planetarium Drive Closing

Facilities Management will be closing Planetarium Drive this Thursday and Friday April 28th and 29th.  The street will re-open to traffic for the weekend and be closed again on Monday, May 2nd. During this street closing, the ADA parking spaces behind the Library will be re-located to F-10 with temporary signage.  Motorcycle riders will need to use other spaces on campus during this period.  We currently have 17 motorcycle spaces in lot 47 and 12 spaces at College and First Street on the north side of the UC.  In the event of an emergency we will have plates on site to reopen the street for emergency vehicles.

Nick Schroeder Facilities Engineer

Featured OFM Employee

Nick Schroeder serves as Chair for Student Activities in the Fort Worth Chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers), a professional organization responsible for maintaining many industry standards for building design, construction, and operation. Nick was awarded the ASRHAE Region VIII Student Activities Award for excellent performance in student activities for 2010-2011.  Region VIII includes those chapters in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mexico, and parts of Louisiana, and typically encompasses five or more of the best twenty chapters in the world. The Fort Worth chapter of ASHRAE also won the coveted “Golden Gavel” award for the 2nd year running, which signifies the most outstanding chapter in the region.  Along with Faculty Sponsor Dereje Agonafer (link, Nick and the Fort Worth Chapter are proud affiliates and sponsors of the UT Arlington student chapter of ASHRAE.  UTA student participation in ASHRAE fosters many benefits, including regular interaction with industry professionals, and job leads within the HVAC&R field.  A substantial percentage of the HVAC&R workforce will retire in the next 5-8 years, so this industry resource for UTA students is exceptionally useful.

For more information please visit the FW chapter website at:

Did you know?

UTA has 6,248 trees on campus, plus the addition of the 89 received from the City of Arlington.

Week of April 18, 2011

College of Business – Electrical Outage

With the completion of the installation of the new generator we have scheduled a two hour outage on Sunday, May 8th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to test the system under a full load.  We’re not expecting any problems, we just want to be sure that the system operates as designed. With the new generator we will need to complete this testing annually unless we have a actual electrical outage sometime close to the due date of the testing that would service the same purpose.


UTA Blvd. Closure

UTA Blvd. will be closed starting Monday 4-18-11 at 1:00 pm for approximately 10 days to perform a storm water tie in as well as two separate water tie ins. The street will be closed between Pecan St. and Center St.

Week of April 11, 2011

No hot water for three days in May

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to the campus May 23-25 to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components.

Buildings served by the plant will be without hot water and steam during that time, but will still have electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service.


University Hall Room 108

Facilities will be renovating room 108 University Hall beginning on May 16th. Work will be complete on August 1st. The renovations of this lecture room include flooring modifications, carpeting, suspended ceiling system, lighting, wall panel systems, A/V system, sprinkler and fire alarm upgrades and new seating.


Library Renovation

Facilities will be renovating the second floor of the library from May 16th – August 12th. We will be installing a fire sprinkler system throughout the floor. Renovations will include replacing ceiling tiles, installing new light fixtures, painting walls and installing new flooring.

During construction there will be a fenced exterior staging area on the southeast corner of the building. There will be two waste dumpsters placed on the west side of Planetarium Place from June 6th – 17th with only one dumpster after that for the remainder of the project. Temporary cones will be placed in front of the motorcycle parking spaces during the weeks of May 16th – June 3rd, and July 21st – August 12th.  Vehicles will still be able to access Planetarium Place during all phases of construction.


Campus Water Line Upgrade and Mall Improvements

Life Science, Library and University Hall

Pre-Construction Notice

We have scheduled a pre-construction meeting for the above project  this Thursday , April 14th at 2:00 p.m.  We will be discussing the project schedule and how it will be addressed in phases to attempt to have less impact on the campus community. Phase One will start at the corner of Fourth and West and run down the West corner of the Maverick Parking Garage.  The contractor was able to move the start date up to April 18th to allow for Phase One to be completed before finals week.  During this phase the walkway between Pickard Hall and the Parking Garage will be fenced off with pedestrian traffic be re-routed through the Parking Garage or Pickard Hall.

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