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Volume 6, Issue 3, November 2011

Director’s Note p.1 Heritage Hall p.2 All-American Wall p.3 Work Orders p.4

A Note from the director

Calvin College

P h ys i c a l P l a n t Pag e

In this issue

I think November is one of my favorite months of the year. There are still some warm days and, believe it or not, I really enjoy raking leaves and getting the yard ready for winter. I also think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not much of a “hallmark holiday”. There’s not all the pressure and hustle and bustle of Christmas; it’s just a great time to get together with family, eat too much food, and relax for a couple of days. It’s also a good time to stop and reflect on all the many things we have to be thankful for in this past year. As for me and my family, God has been good to us. I’m remind-

ed of Psalm 100: “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good, His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.” The next coming months are going to be very busy for Physical Plant. Our project list is filling up fast. There never seems to be lack of

work, and I know we are all thankful for the opportunities we have to serve God in this place. As most of you know, Marc Huizenga has announced his plans to retire in January. He is a very important member of our team and will be very hard to replace. This pending retirement, once again, has reminded me of how thankful I am for each of you and how well you-all use your gifts and talents in serving Calvin College. Have a great November and enjoy a peaceful, restful, Thanksgiving day,…… before the mad rush for Christmas begins.


For almost a decade, the staff in Calvin’s Heritage Hall have been hoping, dreaming and patiently waiting for a newly designed space.

Phase I is anticipated to conclude this December. The Heritage Hall staff will then move to the Surge Building while Phase II starts during Interim. Phase II will conclude with new office spaces, a new reading room, a new front entry/reception desk, and new mechanical equipment.

Look for more Phase II If you are not familiar with Heritupdates in age Hall, they are located in the SE future corner of the Library’s 200 level. newsHeritage Hall “makes available for letters! research the records of Calvin College, Calvin Seminary, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. In addition, the collection holds the personal papers of the college and seminary faculty and staff, ministers in the denomination, and letters detailing the Dutch migration and the impact of this migration on North America.” (Calvin website)

Religion Student Lounge After a large room became available in Hiemenga Hall, the Religion Department asked to transform it into a student lounge. Calvin Architecture department performed a quick facelift including new paint and new carpet. You may recognize the carpet, as it was left over from the 2011 dorm remodel! Yet another way in which the Physical Plant continues to ‘go green’. The room will receive a conference table, computer work stations, and some soft seating. Dean Gunnink, Calvin Design Department, noted that the room is designed to be used by departmental majors as a general community space and study lounge.

Heritage Hall was in desperate need of storage space, new office layouts, an updated reading room, and a new, more welcoming front entrance. The entire project has been split into two phases, appropriately named “Phase I” and “Phase II”. Phase I will focus on storage space, stairway reconfiguration, and mechanical updates.

All– American Wall

The next time you are in the SFC, make sure to visit the new AllAmerican Wall in the North hallway of the Van Noord Arena’s lower level. All-Americans are “those considered the best players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific ‘All-America’ and typically referred to as ‘All-American athletes’, or simply ‘AllAmericans’” (Wikipedia) Calvin Physical Plant, along with Calvin Communications and Marketing, designed, built and installed the showcase, pillar extensions, molding and plaques. Lighting was also updated to accent the custom wallpaper.

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Hazardous Material DOT Training November 11 10am-3pm

In early 2008 thru 2009, a committee was formed to examine directional and identification signage on campus. Some implemented results of the committee were: new street signs at Calvin intersections, updated large “menu” (directional) boards at strategic locations, and “You are here” maps . The latest signage project is concluding with the installation of parking Lot ID signs. With help from Campus Safety and OCCE, Calvin Physical Plant named each parking lot on campus. Physical Plant then designed the signs, had the signs built by an off-campus blacksmith, painted and lettered the signs inhouse, and is now installing the signs throughout campus.

Environmental Health and Safety

November is a busy month for training and monitoring.

Parking Lot Signage

DOT Audit @ Plant November 17 Air & Noise Monitoring Art Dept Grounds Transportation Engineering Woodshop

Calvin Grounds is hoping to have all 16 signs installed before winter arrives.

Don’t forget staff training!  Physical Plant Staff Safety Conference March 13, 14

Healthy Habits Quarter 1 stats October Work Order Stats Administrative Architecture Mechanical Grounds EH&S Building Services KE Dorms Academic Buildings Seminary Prince Conf. Ctr.


0 132 299 2 17

Hold It for the Holidays 

43 87 18 (0) (14)


October Vehicle Rentals Calvin fleet car Calvin fleet minivan Calvin fleet large van

23 10 77

Budget car Budget minivan Budget large van Holiday Coach

60 26 66 27


-Physical Plant (excluding Building Services) had 60.5% of the 38 eligible staff complete the requirements and received the $75 incentive. -Building Services, with 28 eligible staff, had 50.0% complete the requirements and received the $75 incentive.


Building services completed 639 set ups for special events in October.

Weigh in for $10 @ the Physical Plant on Monday, November 21st. -Other weigh-in locations available. Call Roy Zuidema at x8408 Weigh out will be between January 4 – January 6

Funny Work Orders: It is freeeeeezing in here now. Thanks for fixing the thermostat, but now it is a meat locker in here. I recommend you wear a parka when you come to fix this problem… Viiii-i-i-i-c (I froze up before being able to finish typing) -Submitted by Victor N. Urinal not flushing, smells like "occupy wall street" in there. Please fix so we can get the smell out of here.

November Dates and Events 5– Women’s Soccer MIAA Finals 8– Faculty Lectureship Award Series 12–Varsity Volleyball NCAA Regionals 12–Swim & Dive Meet at Hope 24–Thanksgiving 24-27–Thanksgiving Recess

November Birthdays 1– Max Daza 2– Brandon Colpean 8– Paul Pennock 13– Emily Taylor 13– Nola Nielsen 20– David Nysse 24– Jeremy Bush 24– Nelly Jordan de Flores 26– Nick Thompson 29– Dan Slager

PHYSICAL PLANT CALVIN COLLEGE 1475 Knollcrest Circle Grand Rapids, MI 49546 E-mail: Phone: (616) 526-6444 Fax: (616) 526-8563

Edited by Amy Ching-Brouwers

6-03 NOV 2011  

calvin college physical plant newsletter

6-03 NOV 2011  

calvin college physical plant newsletter