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A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE CALVIN COLLEGE PHYSICAL PLANT De c emb e r 2 0 11
May the spirit of Godâ€™s love fill your hearts and homes in this beautiful season. May you find many reasons for happiness. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a magnificent New Year!
Spoelhof Center Addition
Much of the iconic architecture on Calvin’s campus is due to William Fyfe’s (college architect 1957-1975) extraordinary vision for the “Knollcrest Campus”. Included in that original vision was a potential “sister wing” to the Spoelhof College Center. On November 1st, the Planning and Priorities Committee (PPC) approved the formation of a committee to: “analyze the strategic need for a proposed addition on the west side of the Spoelhof College Center, to address the financial feasibility and sustainability of such, and begin planning, design, and implementation, es-
pecially as it affects other space issues on campus.” Phil Beezhold has been asked to Chair the committee as they work with GMB Architects and Engineers to plan the new building. The committee is expected to present a more fully developed proposal to the PPC and the Board of Trustees by April 1.
office space will be integrated into the addition as well. Initial renderings have the addition placed to the West of the College Center, nestled between the ring road and the Spoelhof Center. The project is expected to be two stories tall with a courtyard between the new building and the existing Spoelhof Center. Due to its location in relation to the College Center, the project has been affectionately nicknamed: “The West Wing”.
The Spoelhof Addition is anticipated to serve the Business Department, Education Department, and Art Department. Other
North Hall Renovation
Over the past year, the Physical Plant has been refreshing/ remodeling the offices, corridors, and classrooms in North Hall. As part of the renovations, the Calvin Business Department Office was given a face lift. With a new reception desk, work area, and small kitchenette, the new office will suit the needs of the users for years to come!
On Friday February 20, 2009 Calvin College celebrated the dedication of the brand new SFC. Now, almost three years later, all of the original construction related roof & pipe leaks have finally been resolved! Thanks to Calvin Architecture Department, Calvin Mechanical Department, Calvin Building Services, GMB Architects, Christman Construction, Great Lakes Roofing and Rite-Way Plumbing for their ongoing help in diagnosing and solving the many complex issues!
Marc Huizinga: Retirement As many of you may already know, Marc Huizinga, Associate Director of Mechanical Services at the Physical Plant, is going to retire at the end of January. On behalf of the entire campus community we can’t thank Marc enough for his 11 years of service!
to the support staff are great people, very friendly, willing to assist in any way they can, and under standing if there was a problem that could not be taken care of right away. The entire administration is very approachable, and willing to discuss issues at hand to resolve facility related problems. The last but the We’ve taken a moment to ask Marc most important thing I liked about a few questions. Below are some of working at Calvin is working in a his responses: Christian environment. The people's thought process at Calvin is What are you going to do after you so different than corporate America. retire? It’s truly enjoyable to work with other Christians. “I will travel with my wife and our parrot (Sugar) in a truck and a 5th What was your greatest obstacle? wheel trailer across the United States. We also want to do some “Lack of funding and lack of man kayaking and take some motorcycle power availability.” trips.” What was your most difficult work What is your funniest memory? order? “A few of the guys love to give me a hard time. On one occasion I got even. One of the guys, a Harley rider, loves wearing leather. So on his birthday, in the break room during coffee, one other staff member and I presented him with a leather thong. Everybody enjoyed the ‘gift’. I believe he has added it to his riding gear “ensemble”.” What do you appreciate the most about working at Calvin? A few of the things I appreciated most about working at Calvin are the people. Everybody from faculty
“My most difficult work order was when President Bush was the guest speaker in the old field house for graduation, and the request to install temporary air-conditioning in what is now the Hoogenboom gym came from President Byker's office. The building was never designed to have air conditioning, but between Calvin's Mech. staff and the contractor supplying the equipment, everything worked very well.” What were the strangest work orders you had to take care of? “1. Can someone from Physical Plant
help us get our expensive camera back????? It is attached to several helium balloons and is stuck in the top of a tree in the Commons lawn. 2. Our toilet will not flush, I dropped my cell phone in the it yesterday and that may be the cause. Could someone retrieve it for me?????” Will we be able to contact you? “Once I am retired, I can be contacted at home. If we are traveling I will have access to email, or a cell phone, “ Will you ever come back to visit? “I will definitely be coming back to campus to ‘visit’, I will truly miss the people in Physical Plant. “ Any words of wisdom for your successor? The only words of wisdom I would have for my successor would be to work closely and communicate with the staff as they are a highly skilled group. They have a great deal of experience and they possess extensive knowledge of the campus and all of it's systems, whether it be plumbing, electrical, mechanical equipment, HVAC, or energy management. It is very rare when working through a problem of any type, that they can't come up with a solution to resolve the problem.
Tree a Spruce, not a Fir The article below is an excerpt from the “Letter to the Editor” section of the December 2 issue of the Chimes: Dear Editor, I can clearly understand why Josh De Lacy incorrectly identified the Christmas tree planted in the Commons Lawn as a white fir. It is wrongly labeled on Calvin’s tree inventory website, http://gis.calvin/trees/. That tree is in fact a Michigan native white spruce (Piccea glauca). There are 12 white firs on campus, but that is not one of them. The white spruce was hand-selected by me as a result of cooperation among student senate, student life, biology, and the physical plant. It is a fully native genotype and was locally grown in Caledonia, Mich. Admittedly, the tree is almost too perfectly shaped, but give it a few decades and it will gain character and will be a great addition to campus. It was placed in the same location when a severely declining White Pine was removed. I am always aware of tree placement and the way trees define usable space as well as the masses and voids they create that make our campus functional and attractive. In the future, I’d be pleased to teach any student, faculty or staff the very real differences between spruce, pine and fir trees. Using the contemporary buzzword of sustainability demands proper plant identification, especially when it relates to native versus non-native trees. Bob Speelman Landscape Supervisor Grounds Maintenance
On November 11th, Camp Waltman Lake hosted it’s first group since the Summer/Fall updates.
and relaxing, they also volunteered 4 hours of their Saturday to assist with several projects around the Camp.
A youth group from Beechwood Church in Holland, MI arrived Friday evening. Approximately 15 high school students, lead by Calvin Student Andrew Webster, spend the entire weekend with friends and leaders. They enjoyed quite time outside around the lake, hikes through the woods, football and soccer on the field, outdoor fires, and playing cards inside the lodge.
One group focused on leaf clean-up and another on removing brush from around lake. The third group, aided by the camp tractor and trailer, help put the boats and canoes into the horse barn for the winter. And finally, a few students stayed in the lodge to help clean the kitchen with extreme detail!
Not only did the students enjoy much of the weekend eating, playing games
On November 15th we also saw the opening of fire-arm deer season. A few Calvin Staff enjoyed time in the woods searching for the “big buck”.
The camp is now taking reservations for the 2012 season. The lodge is heated and would make a great Winter retreat. Also, camping sites are available throughout the summer. Please contact Matt Hoekzema (x7673) if you or your campus department is interested in reserving time at Calvin’s own offcampus conference and retreat center! While the name “Camp Waltman Lake” has been used throughout the summer, the “Camp Waltman Lake Committee” has approved the new name:
Waltman Lake Retreat and Learning Center.
Dryland Diving Board This past summer, Physical Plant was approached by Dan Gelderloos (Instructor/Aquatics Manager) to build a “Dryland Diving Board”. With funds provided by the Kinesiology Department, Doug Kok, Mechanical Technician, created the platform that holds the diving board. The actual board was saved from the old PE building! The dryland diving board has become a vital ingredient for the Diving Team. Often times the dryland board is used for more than 50% of practice sessions.
Did you know the Grounds Department composts all the leaves collected from Campus at “The Pit” located near the Gainey Fields? The 360 yards of leaves collected this year will be turned into compost for use by the Biology Department.
Advantages of dryland training: Dryland training reduces stress on the body Lack of available pool time Isolating specific skills Practice dives without fear of “smacking” the water
Physical Plant Staff Outing
Physical Plant employees are invited to attend the annual Christmas lunch and celebration! Please bring a $10.00 “White Elephant Gift” to participate in the gift exchange! Location: Woodlawn Ministry Center Date: December 22 Time: 12:00 noon Thanks to Fish Window Cleaning for covering the cost of the meal!
Guest Article Why Do They Do It? By: Matt Adams
Why do they do it? Why do the thousands of professional and trades people work in facilities? There are almost too many skill required to keep up with. There are architects, engineers, planners accountants, members of every trade, housekeepers, movers, landscapers, human resource managers, planners, storeroom operators, motor pool managers, project managers, and another ten or more skills I can’t even remember. Don’t all these people realize that there will NEVER be enough money for their department and nobody is ever going to get rich quick? Not only that, but most of the time, their work is not recognized by the very institution that they serve. So, then, why do they do it? A Job Well Done Some of our wise grandparents used to say that there are two types of people in the world: there are those that work, contribute, and produce-and then there are those that live off of the production of others. The people that choose to work in our industry are the former. They are the ones that give to the world instead of take from it. For those who work in facilities departments, there exists an intrinsic desire to do hard work and serve others. This is a dramatic distinction from others that are satisfied only from work that results in large amounts of money and what it can purchase to demonstrate success. Clearly, someone who can find professional satisfaction from the work itself– and not the rewards– is more humanistic and emotionally secure than those needing material things and recognition. If
you were to ask a painter why they like their job, the likely answer will be akin to: ‘I like to improve the campus through my work and see the work when it’s complete.’ You won’t find too many on Wall Street that share this kind of professional sentiment. If humility is a virtue, then our peers are some of the most virtuous people around. Unfortunately, there isn’t much recognition given for the hard work and silent determination that takes place within our departments. Some would say that it’s a thankless job. However, once again, I would ask; Isn’t a person who can do the good work that must be done, without all the accolades, a more virtuous person? Isn’t a person more fulfilled in life if he or she can find satisfaction in the act of doing the good work? Perhaps this kind of quiet determination is slipping away from our value system, but I hope not. At least it’s still alive and well in the facilities profession. Our people still do the work well because that is enough of an accomplishment. The individuals and their peers know good work when they do it and see it, and that is enough recognition for them. Unfortunately, the majority of the other members of the institution will never fully understand or appreciate the nature or difficulty of the work. But this is old news, and the work always goes on.
student or faculty member suffer from our lack of attention. This seemingly impossible achievement of always doing ‘more with les’ is the result of values shared by our peers. Ultimately it’s not about the money– it’s about the institution and the students0 and that is why the job always gets done, despite continually declining resources. The last thing that any plant staff member would want is to be responsible for is a missed event, class, or research project as a result of inadequate effort. So every year, the work continues and the staff makes do. Much of the time this is a result of determination to become more effective and find every (and all) ways to maximize the utilization of short resources.
They Do It Because… Every once in a while, when the economy is suffering like it is now, we feel good to have a job at all. Despite this, the economy will eventually improve and the pay scales offered to our professions will be below most in the private sector. Even then, the work will continue and progress will be made in support of the educational mission. Why do they do it? They do it because it is work that has meaning and it is a part of a larger mission of education and service. They do it because they are the kind of people that can find personal and professional satisfaction from within. They do it beFinding Every (and all) Ways cause there are some people that still Now, given that there are so many see work as a service and creation, skills required and their associated thereby adding to the world. They do tasks, how can anyone do this under it because they liked the idea of being the pressure of a continually declining among those who ‘contribute and budget? Ultimately, our budgets ad- produce’ and find satisfaction in that justed for inflation and the square alone. footage managed has declined for decades. Yet, somehow, the buildings Matt Adams is the president of Adams do not fall down, and rarely does a FM2, Atlanta, GA.
Greenhouse site before construction– November 23rd
Greenhouse under construction –December 5th
The Physical Plant is currently building a new greenhouse at 3770 Lake Dr. The project is funded in part by a Science Division Grant. The new greenhouse will be used as a “starter house”, allowing the Biology Department to start growing plants in late Winter/ early Spring. Special thanks to Hoekwater Excavating for donating the bulldozer work, and West Michigan Recycle Inc. for donating the crushed stone!
Dice Mineralogical Museum
Through the extreme generosity of a Calvin College supporter, the Calvin campus will be expanding with the addition of the “Dice Mineralogical Museum”. The new addition is currently planned for the West side of North Hall. The two story addition will consist of a formal entry from within North Hall, a mineral gallery, a resource library, and a secure storage area. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring in 2012 with completion the following Fall.
Special thanks to the Howard City Fire Department and the MI State Police for their assistance on November 19th. A stolen vehicle was set on fire on Waltman Lake Retreat and Learning Center property. Thanks to Nathan Bradford, of Campus Ministries, who notified the authorities.
December Birthdays November Work Order Stats Administrative
Building Services KE Dorms Academic Buildings
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Prince Conf. Center
November Vehicle Rentals Calvin fleet car
Calvin fleet minivan
Calvin fleet large van
Off-Campus Rental car
Off-Campus Rental minivan
Off-Campus Rental large van
2– Larry VanHoe 8– Romery Diaz 11– Bob Ritsema 21– Tim Bakelaar 25– Jesus of Nazareth 29– Larry Boone
Upcoming Dates & Events December 9December 9December 10December 12December 16December 22December 26-30Jauary 4-6 January 4January 24-
Over the Rhine concert Classes end 10:00 pm Reading recess Exams begin 9:00 am Christmas Break (students) starts 10:00 pm Physical Plant Christmas Party @ 12:00 pm Calvin staff/faculty Christmas break Hold it for the Holidays Weigh-In Interim term begins 8:30 am Interim term ends 5:00 pm
Work Orders “It doesn’t work, the work, it is clogged with… and hair. Wouldn’t you?” (Note: typed as submitted) “The CJ is out of Soap in the soap dispenser, and has been for a few days. Not a huge deal, butt if we can diminish the number of cases of pink Eye this semester that would be great! Thanks.” (Note: typed as submitted) “Could someone please trim the bushes extending over the walkway heading west out of Johnny's? Tall people have to duck or walk around, and there are a lot of tall people here :-)”
Staff Update David Nysse- Grounds -Underwent surgery for Colon Cancer. The surgery went well, and he is expected to be released from the hospital by December 9th.
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Bob Vanden Berg- Mechanical -Undergoing neck surgery on January 9th.
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Physical Plant Page - December 2011