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FMO monitors for right time to shut off heating

March 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm 0 comments

To determine the best time to shut off the heating boiler system that heats the campus, the Facilities Management Office (FMO) monitors the average mean temperature. FMO has used this method, which is common among institutions and businesses, for the past 12 years. The average mean temperature is found by adding the forecasted high temperature to the forecasted low temperature and dividing that sum by two. When this number is consistently above 45 degrees Fahrenheit for three days, the boiler system can be turned off. April 15 is the target date for this change. However, Pennsylvania’s unpredictable and ever-shifting weather patterns can change once the system is shut off. Members of FMO constantly monitor the weather forecasts to decide when would be the best time to turn off the heating boiler system. Switching the boiler system on and off at the beginning and end of the season is the mostRead More

Steps were renovated outside of Rooney Hall. (Photo by Rachel DeNino)

Campus-wide improvements made over the summer

October 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm 0 comments

Over this past summer, Saint Vincent underwent campus-wide renovations by the Facility Management Office, while the Information Technology department upgraded technology for student use. A basketball court was also constructed near Saint Benedict Hall. Several sets of steps were removed and replaced around campus. FMO replaced six sets in front of Rooney Hall and two sets behind it, one set leading up to parking lot Q and another set outside of Bonaventure Hall. FMO also repaired broken concrete and installed a new railing leading from Saint Benedict Hall to the baseball field. The steps in front of Wimmer Hall were also patched up. Skyline Drive, the path from Lot A up toward Alfred Hall, had new concrete and new lighting measures installed to improve safety, and new crosswalks were painted in front of the chapel. These improvements were all funded through capital expenses. The steam line from the Carey CenterRead More

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Saint Benedict Hall security system malfunctions after storm

September 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm 0 comments

The security system in Saint Benedict Hall stopped working properly after a storm on September 6. Alarms sounded continuously from several of the pods in the building. In response to the malfunction, Facility Management Office deactivated the ID scanners, which control the locking and unlocking of the doors and sound an alarm if necessary. With the scanners disconnected, the doors stopped automatically locking. “Absolutely anyone that pulled on a handle anywhere in the building could get inside without an issue,” said senior Saint Benedict Hall prefect Dani Catalano. Freshman Courtney Patterson agreed, “It was kind of weird that anyone, even non-students, [could enter] right into your pod if they wanted.” The Coordinator of Resident Life and Saint Benedict Hall Resident Hall Director Jamie Kensinger worked with the Facility Management Office and the prefects to get the security system working properly again. “All the prefects were working together to fix theRead More

THE WINTER COMMUTE: AN OPEN LETTER TO SGA AND PUBLIC SAFETY

THE WINTER COMMUTE: AN OPEN LETTER TO SGA AND PUBLIC SAFETY

February 4, 2014 at 2:23 am 0 comments

  I am a commuter, and I feel that the services which we commuting students deserve are either not efficient or not available when needed. I spoke to Mr. Richard Williams a few weeks ago about my concerns; we met with Larry Hendrick on Jan. 23. Mr. Hendrick informed me that the walkways intended for commuters are not a priority because we have the option of walking on Skyline Drive. This greatly concerns me, for the roads are not often plowed in the mornings, creating the risk of drivers sliding. I view walking on the roads in bad weather conditions as a safety hazard. I’ve slipped while walking both up and down this road. When I voiced this concern, Mr. Williams suggested that I use the campus shuttle. He is of the opinion that the shuttle is only truly necessary in bad weather conditions. While I agree with him, thisRead More

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER AFFECTS CAMPUS

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER AFFECTS CAMPUS

February 4, 2014 at 1:46 am 0 comments

Subzero temperatures and high-accumulation snowstorms in mid-January presented challenges for commuter and resident students as they travelled across campus, as well as for Facilities Management Office crews who worked to keep the campus maintained. Director of Facilities Management Larry Hendrick said that while the struggle with snow this winter was not much different than in previous years, the salt usage and overtime spent trying to remove the snow were slightly increased. Junior Jessica Miller, who commutes from Latrobe, said she had trouble traveling to campus. “I don’t mind driving out to school, but the cold actually caused a lot of problems with my car,” she said. “There were a couple of times where I couldn’t get it to start.” She added that the severe cold broke her garage door, so she has to open and close it manually when she leaves for SVC and returns home. Miller said she foundRead More