Thursday, March 31, 2016

Much more gratitude: A Student's Perspective

Every new day I wake up and am blessed to be able to pursue my passions and education at Morehead State University. 
Now into my third year of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in applied engineering technology I realize I spend most of my time in one building, Lloyd Cassity.
  I wake up at 7 a.m. for classes which start at 8 a.m. each day. I stay there until at least 1 p.m. From time to time I do some lab work in other campus buildings. 
Some might find that to be a bit depressing and other students spend even more time in specific buildings. I like to see the light in every situation. 
By spending so much time in one building I have gotten to personally know almost all academic faculty teaching in that facility, whether they teach in my specific major or not.  I have gotten to know a lot of students including many of my, now, very close friends because of the amount of time in one building. 
The personal relationships many of us have are all thanks to a building.  I’m sure many of you upperclassman students who read this can relate when it comes to major specific classes dominating your schedule now. 
For new students, in due time this will make a lot of sense to you.
I have gotten to know the students and the teachers very well, but what about the people that keep all the buildings going?  What about the maintenance, custodial and ground crews that work hard to make sure you have a clean and safe learning environment? 
  But these are people that get up every day (some at 3 a.m.)  and dedicate their time and energy to making our campus all that it can be. 
 Whether there’s a leak that needs to be fixed, a heating or air conditioning unit that needs to be repaired, or tasks such as cleaning floors, bathrooms, windows, and entry ways, the job always gets done! 
In Lloyd Cassity we have wonderful people on our Custodial Crew like Brenda Wilson, June Glover, Sue Simmons, and Jonathan Barnette to thank for the work that many times goes unnoticed. There are countless others in maintenance and grounds that work night and day to take care of not only Lloyd Cassity, but each and every building at Morehead State University.
Facilities Management has employees on campus or on call 24/ 7 to not only take care of the buildings on campus but to take care of students.
So, if you’re walking the halls of a class building or even your dorms, and you see a maintenance, grounds or custodial worker, take a few seconds out of your day to let them know you appreciate all they do.  We have a lot to thank them for and I, for one am very grateful.

Brandon Heinrich, is a junior Engineering Technology student at Morehead State University. 
He is a work study for Facilities Management. Heinrich has been an integral part of developing social media presence and often tours the construction sites, documenting progress.

He is Vice President of Pi Kappa Phi and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Safety First! Temporary Walkway

Safety First:  A temporary walkway has been placed in front of the library. Some stonework from the near-century-old building has begun to fall and engineers have been brought in to deal with the issue.  The walkway has been placed as a cautionary action to ensure your safety!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Safety First! Spring Break Shutdown

     Facilities Maintenance will be conducting several routine repairs and will have extensive work on current construction projects during Spring Break.
      The Spring Break Shutdown will impact traffic, electric, hot water, and residential facilities. We appreciate your patience and want to communicate our plan so that if you have questions they may be answered.

Friday, March 18:
  •   Earle Clements Drive will be shut down at 3 p.m.  in order to  excavate and install the sanitary sewer lines needed for the Parking- Dining Facility.
  •  The Recreation and Wellness Center will be closed at 2 p.m. to accommodate this project.
  •  Alumni Tower and Eagle Lake Apartments will also close at 3 p.m. Housing has already notified residents and worked diligently to make plans should anyone be impacted.
  •  Beginning Thursday, March 10 until Friday, April 1, a crane and precast concrete panels will be delivered and assembled. That directly conflicts with the sewer installation, which is why we pursued the early closure of those facilities and roadway.
  • Traffic concerns regarding the delivery of precast concrete are being handled with coordination between MSUPD and Wehr Constructors to provide traffic management, if needed. Please note that traffic will be slowed, stopped, and directed at this time.
  •  The sanitary sewer line work will end on Monday, March 21.
  • There will be a pedestrian route but it will not be handicap accessible. 

Saturday, March 19:
  • The west end of campus will have a scheduled power outage in order to make routine repairs.
  •  This is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Buildings impacted include; Reed Hall, Lloyd Cassity, Breckinridge Hall, Mignon Hall, West Mignon, Mignon Tower, Allie Young Hall, Ginger Hall, Rader Hall, Thompson Hall, the President’s Home, Claypool-Young, Howell McDowell, Lappin Hall, ADUC, Button Auditorium, Combs, Fields Hall, the Camden-Carroll Library.
  • Specific departments impacted have been contacted to prepare in advance for the electrical outage and those that need them, have generators.

Sunday, March 20 – Saturday, March 26:
  • Steam will be shut down campus wide.
  • There will be no hot water in any building.
  • This will begin at 7 p.m. on March 20 and end at 11 a.m on March 26.

Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25:
  • Power will be shut off to Alumni Tower, the Recreation and Wellness Center, and Eagle Lake Apartments. 
  • This will begin at noon on Monday and end at noon on Friday.
  •  Housing has provided alternate accommodations to residents that are impacted.
  • This shut off is to switch to a new transformer and add electrical lines for the new Residence Hall.

Wednesday, March 23:
  •  Water will be turned off in ADUC from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for routine repairs.

The Office of Facilities Management greatly appreciates the patience and cooperation of everyone as we continue to make campus the best it can be.