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Issue 8


Note from the DirectorLast month, the Directors Note featured a nice letter that I received from Bill Haverkamp (Calvin’s Advancement Department) on comments he received from an incoming student’s parent about our care for the campus. This week I received another letter from a Calvin professor on his observations. Since I know most of the Physical Plant staff read the Director’s Note, I thought I would print this letter as well. Thanks again for your great work… Phil: I want to make sure that I offer to you and to your staff my genuine thanks for the exceptional work you folks do on the buildings and grounds of Calvin. It is wonderful to come into the Science Building every work day to find the building spotlessly clean. Often for my 8 a.m. class I will find a student worker carefully and thoroughly cleaning the tables in my classroom, and again I am reminded of the ongoing and consistent fine work done in these rooms and halls. Frequently I will come to Calvin around 7a.m. and during the winter I am happy to know that I can expect snowplowing to be completely finished where I park. I know this task is no small matter. As an amateur landscaper, I really appreciate how well your staff maintains the Calvin grounds. I look over the landscape and the excellent maintenance work with thankfulness and with a deep sense of the work you folks do as honoring God. I think God smiles when he looks at Calvin, not only because of our academic work, not only because of the energy and commitment by students, not only because of our worship in the chapel and elsewhere, but also in large part because of the care taken of this place. In my four years as a student and my 34 years as a professor at Calvin I have always been proud of the quality of the work your staff does here. Please thank them for me. I know I am not alone in my recognition of the wonderful work you folks do, but I recognize that few of us ever get the kind of feedback we deserve for work well done. Thank you for making this place a good place to work. Thank you for the fact that I can have complete confidence that wherever staff, students, or visitors go in the buildings and grounds at Calvin, they are all treated to the outcome of fine work done by people committed to serving God by serving the Calvin community in the way you folks consistently take care for this place. With deep and heartfelt gratitude, Scott Stehouwer Psychology Department

Guest Article: Your House on Campus Your House on Campus By Donald J. Guckert and Jeri King “You’ve got to be kidding! I could build a nice house for that amount!” How many times have we heard that the cost of a “simple renovation would buy a high-end home in a nice neighborhood?” Customers typically react with a sticker shock over the cost of a campus renovation when they receive the initial project estimate. This is the point at which worlds collide; where the institutional construction world of the project manager meets the customer’s residential construction frame of reference. Trying to justify the costs of institutional construction within a residential frame of reference is not easy. These two types of construction are a world apart. However, just for the fun of it, we wondered, what would it take to renovate your house into a campus

facility? Suppose you request that we renovate the living room into a classroom, the kitchen into a lab, and the bedroom into an office. In addition, you request that this facility is located on campus. Let’s take a walk through your house to see what we will need to do. To begin with, we’ll need to make the facility safe and accessible. We’ll add an elevator to the second floor, and an exit stair tower connecting all floors to the outside. To make this building look like it belongs on our campus, we’ll arrange for matching towers and give the building an identifiable look. Unfortunately, this will add considerable cost and space to the building while not adding any space for program needs. After we widen the interior hallways and stairways for increased traffic and install a utility chase from the basement to the attic, we will actually reduce the amount of assigna-

ble space. As a university facility, the house will fall under a different classification as far as building codes are concerned. This means we’ll need to replace the $15 battery-operated smoke detectors with a $15,000 fire protection system. This system, which includes a fire alarm panel, wired sensors, and sprinkler system, meets all of the requirements of the local fire marshal. To inhibit the spread of flames and smoke from one room to another, we will have to reconstruct the walls that separate the rooms from the hallway and make them “fire-rated walls.” This is not cheap! The solid doors mounted to the metal doorframes that we’ll use to replace the house’s hollow doors and wooden frames are not cheap. We know the budget for this renovation is limited. Before the money runs out, we need to look at the mechanical systems. By code, our lab,

Guest Article: Your House on Campus (cont) classroom, office, and restroom require outside ventilation that your house doesn’t have. The small air-conditioning unit and gas furnace will have to go. With the big increase in airflow, it wouldn’t keep up after the first five minutes. We’ll connect to chilled water and steam from our central plant. Our campus building will need redundant, dependable, code-compliant, and costeffective mechanical systems. Finally we move to the kitchen. To convert it to a lab, we’ll take out the $600 kitchen stove and hood and replace it with a $25,000 variable flow fume hood. Let’s hope we won’t need a strobic air fan for that hood; you don’t even want to think about that cost. Those kitchen cabinets will come out to allow for the built-in lab casework. The refrigerator will have to go, too. In its place will be a $100,000 environmental chamber. We’ll open up the walls when we install the lab gases, electrical conduits, and corrosion-resistant plumbing. While we are in the walls, let’s replace the wooden studs with metal studs. Then, to complete this “kitchen remodeling,” we’ll replace the linoleum with an $8,000 epoxy floor, and the Formica counters with epoxy resin.

Did You Know... Did you know that there is a new webcam on campus? In addition to cameras viewing the: Commons lawn, Climbing wall, Track and Tennis Building, CFAC, and the Ecosystem Preserve there is a camera watching the construction of the new Dice Mineralogical Museum. The image is updated every 60 seconds. The picture to the right was captured on the morning of 4/16/2012. You can find a link to the webcam via the Physical Plant web site. Click on “Live Webcam” under the Dice Mineral Museum project tab!

We’re going to need to remove the ceiling above the kitchen to increase the structural support necessary to handle the small library in the office above. The anticipated weight of books will stress the existing floor joists. While the ceiling is open, we’ll install the circulating hot water system, designed to serve the lab and restroom, and we’ll upsize the mechanical ductwork to meet the new airflow requirements. Speaking of airflow, that “whooshing” sound will be distracting in the classroom next door so we will need to put in sound attenuation devices. To meet institutional standards, the wooden windows will need to be replaced with metal, commercial-grade windows that have energy-efficient glazing. Similarly, the roof shingles will need to be replaced with slate, due to concerns about life-cycle maintenance and architectural consistency. While we’re on the roof, let’s screen the unsightly mechanical systems. Oh yeah, we can’t forget to do something about the pigeons. Let’s look at the outside again, just for a minute. Only the front façade was bricked when your house was originally constructed, so we’ll need to in-

stall bricks on three sides. After all, our university is trying to project a certain image, and your house is now on campus. At this point, we have more scope than budget. Money is running out, and there are more things we need to do to bring your house into compliance with our institutional standards. What happened here? In trying to meet the more stringent codes, efforts to reduce future operating costs, aesthetic requirements, and programmatic needs, we exceeded the funds available for this renovation. For the money this renovation will cost, you could build a nice house. But not on our campus! Don Guckert serves as the associate vice president for facilities at The University of Iowa. Jeri King is the assistant to the associate vice president for facilities at the University of Iowa. This article is reprinted from Facilities Manager, May/June 2003, pp. 18-21, published by APPA: The association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.

Sustainability Series: Reuse

In the past few weeks the Physical Plant has been approached more economical to remove all the face brick on the third by several people asking two questions: floor, and replace what was needed after the appropriate supports are added. The remaining salvaged brick will be placed #1) Why have we saved the face brick that was removed for on the remainder of the addition. the new Dice Mineralogical Museum addition? The answer to the second question is “No�. The salvaged #2) Can they please take some of the brick home? brick is no longer manufactured in the exact same dimenThe answer to the first question is two fold: cost savings and sions, so the brick is highly valuable in campus restoration reuse. The majority of the face brick had to be removed in and remodeling projects where an exact match is necessary. order for the new structural steel to be welded to the existing Calvin Physical Plant again keeps tons of waste from entersteel structure. Although the addition will only cover the lower and ground levels, the face brick on the exterior of the ing landfills, saves the college precious resources, and continues the common architecture known and loved on campus! third floor would have been costly to keep in place. It was

Eden Olivia Chapman Please join us in the celebration of new life with the birth of:

Eden Olivia Chapman to Heather (EH&S) and Jake! Mother and Baby are doing GREAT! Heather will be on maternity leave for 12 weeks, returning in mid July. All EH&S questions/concerns can be directed to Jennifer Ambrose, EHS office, at 616.526.6342 or

Web Time:

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Have you ever desired a “Back” button when entering time into your electronic time card? Did you know that there is another option for entering time card hours that many users consider more “user friendly”?

Enter “” in the address bar of any website and you’ll see the screen above. Click on “Enter Time Card Hours”. You’ll need to enter your username and passphrase. Click on the current pay period, and then enter time as normal. The “back arrow” at the top of the page will allow you to return directly to your time card! TIP: If the PC your working on has already visited the site, just begin to type “resources….” in the address bar and it will self populate. Tab down with the “down arrow” key on the keyboard, and hit “enter”. You’ll go directly to the screen above.

HR: Benefits Fair

NH: CERF Lighting Project The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) project is designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions on campus. The energy savings from CERF projects are routed back into the fund for five years after the project payoff-thereby growing the fund to support future projects. The CERF intern and Environmental Stewardship Committee work with the Physical Plant to review and approve appropriate projects. In the past, projects have included the implementation of off-hours computer shutdowns and the installation of occupancy sensors in the Science Building bathrooms. In each case, Physical Plant staff has aided with professional leadership, product information and metering assistance. This past Spring Break, CERF/Physical Plant sub-contracted Midwest Energy Group to assist in the retrofit/replacement of the outdated lighting fixtures in

North Hall. In all, over 500 light fixtures were upgraded to T5 technology. In over 470 fixtures, 3-bulb fixtures were replaced with 2–bulbs along with reflective housing. 35 outdated and unnecessary fixtures were eliminated all together. Not only were lighting fixtures upgraded, occupancy sensors were installed in classrooms, bathrooms and offices throughout North Hall. The capital costs of the project was $57,000 for materials and labor. With the help of the Calvin Mechanical department, Consumers Energy provided a $7,000 utility rebate. Estimated savings are anticipated to exceed $13,000/year, resulting in a payback of just over 4 years. Future CERF/Physical Plant projects may include: HVAC upgrades, Water recycle systems, makeup air, control upgrades, and capacitor banks. AFTER: New 2-bulb T-5 fixture with reflective housing

BEFORE: Original T-12 fixture

Reality about Credit Cards ing levels of bacterial contamination. A small-scale study carried out by Dr. Ron Cutler, senior lecturer at the school of biological and chemical sciences at the University of London, analysed 200 banknotes and 45 credit cards. A total of 26 percent of the notes and 47 percent of the credit cards showed high levels of bacteria including E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus "We all handle money and credit cards on a daily basis, but it is unlikeNearly half our credit cards could be ly that we wash our hands directly aftercarrying high levels of bacteria, accord- wards," said Dr. Cutler. "Good hand ing to a study. hygiene at all times can help prevent the And tests have shown that more than a spread of infection." quarter of banknotes also reveal alarmOverall, around 80 percent of

the banknotes and 78 percent of the credit cards tested showed traces of bacteria - and some carried more germs than the average toilet seat. The toilet seats examined had 10 to 20 bacterial colonies forming units in every 4cm squared, while heavily contaminated notes had a similar or slightly higher number. However, heavily contaminated credit cards had more than 60 bacterial colonies forming in the same sized area. Article reprinted from the European Cleaning Journal, March 2012

Heritage Hall Renovation The Heritage Hall renovation is nearing completion. The Physical Plant is putting the finishing touches on the handmade wood tables, lighting fixtures, and office spaces. The State Fire Marshall is scheduled to preform the final life safety inspections on April 24th (over reading recess in order to minimize disturbance to building occupants). Once complete, the users will vacate the Surge Building, and with the help of the Building Services

Department, move into their new space on May 1st. Please feel free to stop by and visit the renovated space. Be sure to note the reuse of several important historical pieces such as the Van Raalte Desk and window trim originally from his house. Both pieces were located Heritage Hall prior to the renovation. Thanks to all the trades for their wonderful workmanship in a “Job Well Done!�

Dice Mineralogy Museum

The Dice Mineralogy Museum is moving along very well. The footings and foundation walls are poured, waterproofed and backfilled. Masons will begin to set up in mid-April with structural steel following in late April/early May. The project is on schedule for a September completion. Many of the Calvin staff continue to work on finishing the final design details of the project. Specifications for door hardware, security systems, electrical controls, and furniture layout are nearing completion. Weekly meetings between Design,

Architecture, Grounds, EH&S, Mechanical, Calvin IT, and Campus Safety ensure that sub-contractors are coordinated and specialty needs area being addressed. The Physical Plant woodshop will soon begin designing and fabrication of the fine woodwork scheduled to be incorporated into the project. Wood shelving, wood paneling, display cases, and book shelves are only some of the items that will be manufactured by the Physical Plant for the project. Note the article on Page 3 referring to the new WebCam overlooking the project!

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March Vehicle Rentals Calvin fleet car


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3– Luis Flores 6– Doug Herrema 7– Dan Wesorick 7– John Meppelink 10– Don Winkle 17– Doug Kok

Upcoming Dates & Events April 3—Women’s Lacrosse vs. Hope April 6—Good Friday April 8—Easter April 9—Faculty Senate Meeting April 17-19—SLC Blood Drive April 19—Softball vs. Hope

April 19-21—Festival of Faith & Writing April 24—Women’s Tennis vs. Hope April 24-25—Academic Advising April 25– Annual Benefits Fair April 28—Calvin’s Spring 5K

This Month’s Funny Work Orders... “I dropped my lower retainer down the sink this morning. If there were any way to retrieve it, that would be great.” “This room locked a student worker in the room. Can we have the door able to open from the inside if the door is locked? “Recently a bird made its way into the building and ended up in the duct work. Please check the possible entry points as able. The occupants of Financial Services were quite shaken.”

Building Services Set-ups


In March, Building Services set up (and tore down) 594 different special events across campus.

Contact Info Calvin College Physical Plant 1475 Knollcrest Circle Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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