Notifications & Updates

Food Service at NCRC: Temporarily Closed

NCRC will be closing the food service locations on the east and west side of the complex effective Monday, June 22nd.

This change was not anticipated and we apologize for the inconvenience. We are working to re-establish a food service provider as quickly as possible.

We will provide updates as to when a food and cafe service will resume.


Building 26: Domestic Cold Water Issue

Building 26 occupants continue to experience issues with warm or hot water from the faucet when cold is selected. This issue first surfaced as a result of a device malfunction on the domestic water system. These mixing valves (sometimes called tempering valves or water temperature limiting devices) are required to control the maximum outlet temperature to the occupant at locations such as kitchenette and restroom sinks and showers. The device can occasionally malfunction and allow domestic hot water to back-feed into the domestic cold water piping resulting in hot water if either is selected (see diagram). The troubleshooting of this issue can be difficult as one location can affect an entire floor or building. Multiple device malfunctions make the task even more difficult. Once repaired the domestic water systems eventually return to normal operating temperatures depending on consumption. The condition may remain unchanged if multiple devices have malfunctioned, requiring Plant Operations personnel to return to further troubleshoot the systems. 

Your requests are being addressed, but may be combined with previous requests if it is considered a continuation of a previous issue. Please continue to monitor your request through the link provided to you or by calling POCC referencing your work order number for an update. A closed work order indicates a problem at a specific location is resolved, but may not satisfy the entire floor or building. It is important to identify the room number or a specific faucet if applicable when reporting this condition to POCC. Updates will be provided to this notice as progress is made. Thank you for your continued cooperation.



Building 520: Pedestrian Sidewalk Installation Project

A sidewalk installation project to enhance accessibility between parking lots NC85, NC84 and the Building 520 Lobby is anticipated to begin in mid-July.

Expect intermittent closures of the Huron Parkway entrance and roadway between the entrance and lot NC84 on the 1600 site. Please use alternate entrances during this time.

To minimize disruption, this work will be coordinated, to the extent possible, with an additional project to remove the security kiosks at Huron Parkway and Plymouth Road.

Watch for upcoming schedule and closure notices.


Site Wide: NCRC Annual Fire Alarm Testing

The annual test of the fire alarm speaker/strobes will be conducted site-wide in every building at NCRC Saturday, June 27th from 6AM - 6PM.

You may hear the audible and see the visual alarms go off intermittently for up to 60 minutes per building during this time. There is no need to evacuate, and further instruction will be provided if an actual fire event occurs during the test.



Building 16: Carpet Cleaning

UM Building Services will be cleaning all carpet and carpeted floor mats in Building 16 throughout the next several weeks. Individual floor schedules and notices will be posted in your areas.

Items in your work areas such as boxes, plants, papers, etc. will need to be off of the floor the day of cleaning. This will ensure a more complete carpet cleaning. Building Services will pick up/move carpeted floor mats, chairs, small side tables, wastebaskets, small under-counter cabinets on wheels, etc. They will not move heavy furniture or equipment such as file cabinets, copy machines, etc. Additionally, please make sure laptop computers, tablets, or other electronic equipment are stabilized on work surfaces or cabinets and not left underneath the desk, on the floor, or on a smaller piece of furniture that will need to be moved.

Questions or concerns can be sent to the Building Services Supervisor, Adam Shahin - ashahin@umich.edu.


Building 36: Preparation Pathology Renovation

In preparation for the Pathology Renovation (recently approved by The Board of Regents) there will be work stations and offices removed in Building 36 beginning on Tuesday, April 28th through Friday, May 8th.

Temporary mock-up/simulated workstations will be installed in the coming weeks.

Occupants will be protected from any debris or dust produced during construction. We want to assure occupants that their work area is safe and secure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Ahmet: taraahme@med.umich.edu or (734) 615-0026.


Building 10: Elevator Replacement Project

6/8/2015: New elevator controls and doors will be installed the week of June 8th. The new elevator car assembly is expected to begin the week of June 15th.

The Building 10 elevator replacement project will begin the week of May 4th. Long lead items, such as the elevator cab have been ordered and should arrive in June.

The majority of the work will be performed in the Building 10 Penthouse or Ground Floor, within the elevator shaft. The most disruptive work will be scheduled outside of normal business hours.

The anticipated completion of the project will be mid-August 2015. Additional updates will be provided as the project progresses.


NCRC Security Kiosk Removal Project

6/8/2015: Construction is anticipated to begin mid-July. Expect intermittent closures of the Huron Parkway and Plymoputh Road entrances on the 1600 site, and Baxter Road entrance on the 2800 site. Please use alternate entrances during this time.

To minimize disruption, this work will be coordinated, to the extent possible, with the Building 520 sidewalk installation project.

4/16/2015: The remaining security kiosks located at Plymouth Road, Huron Parkway, and Baxter Road entrances are planned for removal in the coming months.

Expect construction traffic and intermittent closures of the associated entrances during the removal. Plan to use alternate entrances as needed.

Detailed information and additional notices will be provided as the start date approaches sometime in May.


Building 520: Roof Replacement Project - COMPLETE

6/8/2015 - This project is complete!

5/26/2015 - The Building 520 Roof Replacement Project is substantially complete. Several punch list items and final scans will need to be completed before the project is fully complete so workers will still be present and occasional faint odors might be noticeable during the close out activities.

3/12/2015 - The Building 520 Roof Replacement Project will begin in early April or as soon as the weather allows for uninterrupted work. Weather will be an influence on the ability to perform work and the duration of the roof replacement project, which is expected to last four to six weeks under the best weather conditions.

Building 520, third floor occupants should expect the sound of roofers cutting, scraping, and removing the old roof membrane and insulation. There will also be new roofing material moving about as the project progresses. There may be faint odors present during the project from adhesives and sealants during the installation process. The work that will create the most odors will be scheduled on weekends and efforts will be made to minimize them at other times.

Notices will be sent out for weekends when air handling equipment will need to be shut down to prevent drawing odors into the building and while roofers are working near lab exhaust. 

Remember that during air handling and exhaust fan shut downs: 

  • All chemical containers in the labs must be capped, or covered and properly stored.
  • All equipment requiring appropriate ventilation should not be in use.
  • Conducting any experiment in a shut down fume hood, or using any ducted exhaust system connected to the shut down system is prohibited.

A small area in parking lot NC85 located South of Building 520 will be reserved for material lifts and dumpsters. Expect truck traffic and temporary closures of the sidewalk and parking lot. Signage and flag persons will be present directing people away from the construction activity during these closures.

Once the project is complete, you may notice what is often described as a rubber or asphalt odor from the new roofing membrane. This odor is expected and will dissipate over time.

Detailed information and additional notices will be provided as the start date approaches.


Building 16: Elevator Update

6/8/2015: The consultant performed a thorough evaluation of the condition of the Building 16 elevators. A plan will be developed pending the review of the report to determine when the elevators should be replaced. 

5/18/2015: A consultant has been retained by the University Elevator Shop to evaluate the condition and replacement horizon for the elevators in Building 16. This evaluation is planned for Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th.

During this time expect intermittent service interruptions during the evaluation period. One elevator will be operational at all times and both when possible as the evaluation allows.  


4/9/2015: Progress has been made in an effort to improve the reliability of the elevators in Building 16 (#50, #51). Numerous hours have been spent troubleshooting various controls and switches that may be contributing to the increased failure rate and down time. Facility Maintenance brought in a third party vendor (Schindler) last week to assist in the evaluation of the elevators' condition. The Schindler mechanic was able to identify several relays that had failed or were in the process of failing with the aid of diagnostic equipment. These relays were replaced and the elevators were placed back in service. Facility Maintenance is procuring this diagnostic equipment for their shop use at NCRC. The training received by the NCRC assigned elevator mechanics along with the addition of the use of diagnostic equipment may extend the useful life of these elevators. However, it is not yet known why the relays are failing.  

A third party consultant is being scheduled to perform a throughout inspection and evaluation of the elevators. The report they provide should indicate the replacement horizon of these devices. Dates will be provided once the visit is confirmed.

5/18/2015: A consultant has been retained by the University Elevator Shop to evaluate the condition and replacement horizon for the elevators in Building 16. This evaluation is planned for Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th.

During this time expect intermittent service interruptions during the evaluation period. One elevator will be operational at all times and both when possible as the evaluation allows. 

3/20/2015: Elevator #51 (the south car) in Building 16 is currently out of service and expected to remain that way throughout the weekend. Repair parts are on order. Elevator #50 (the north car) is fully operational.

3/17/2015: Both elevators are now in operation.

3/16/2015: Elevator car #50 (the north elevator) is currently out of service and a work order has been placed. Elevator car #51 (the south elevator) is fully operational.

3/6/2015: Repair parts for the Building 16 elevators were installed. Both elevators are now in service.

3/5/2015: NCRC Facilities Management extends our apologies to the building occupants and guests in Building 16 for the hardship caused by the recurring elevator problems. This issue is not only a top priority to resolve within NCRC but is a top repair priority for our University service partners.

Repair parts arrived this morning for car 51 (the south elevator), however this morning we had to borrow parts from car 51 to get car 50 (the north elevator) back in service. The parts borrowed, stop switches, are on order and on target to be received later today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday).

Given the growing frequency of repairs, we will be scheduling an external vendor to do an additional quality control inspection after both cars are back on-line. This inspection will require both cars to be taken down during the inspection process; however, we will make every attempt to do this at a time that limits further disruption to occupant activities.  Additional notices will be sent out once we have more information.

If you become entrapped in a non-working elevator, please push the call button inside the car to summon assistance.

To report an elevator malfunction, please contact Plant Operations Call Center (POCC) at 734-647-2059.

Emergencies should be reported to the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) at 911.


Buildings 14: Renovation Project

The Building 14 Renovation Project is expected to be complete in August 2015.

5/14 Update: Renovation Project - Noise

There will be daily construction noise in Building 14 starting today through Thursday, May 28th from 7:00AM - 11:00AM.

You will hear consistent "popping" noises during construction. Please schedule your sensitive procedures and meetings accordingly.

We want to assure occupants that their work area is safe and secure and all efforts will be made to work around the normal activities of the building.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Ahmet: taraahme@med.umich.edu or (734) 615-0026.

4/28 Update: There will be daily construction noise in Building 14 beginning on Thursday, April 30th through Friday, May 8th from 7:00AM - 11:00AM.

You will hear consistent "popping" noises during construction. Please schedule your sensitive procedures and meetings accordingly.

We want to assure occupants that their work area is safe and secure and all efforts will be made to work around the normal activities of the building.

4/10 Update: There will be daily construction noise in Building 14 beginning on Monday, April 13th through Friday, April 24th from 7:00AM - 11:00AM.

You may notice vibration during construction. We want to assure occupants that their work area is safe and secure and they will not be affected by the construction in any other way.

All efforts will be made to work around the normal activities of the buildings and to keep any noise to a minimum during work hours.

1/12 Update: Building 10 and 14, Ground Floor corridors are now open. Notifications will be sent for scheduled intermittent closures as the construction process concludes

1/5 Update: Phase 1 will be complete in early February. The corridor will open in mid-January.

12/5 Update - Buildings 10 & 14: Corridor Closures

Due to the Building 14 Renovation Project we will be closing corridors nightly from 8:00PM to 6:00AM in Building 14, Ground Floor starting on Wednesday, December 10th through Wednesday, December 24th.

This will also impact the Building 14 entrance. No one will be able to enter or exit through this entrance during these hours. As an alternate route, please use Building 16 or 22 entrances.

Please reference map on right for alternate stairwell route and details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Ahmet: taraahme@med.umich.edu or (734) 615-0026.

10/30 Update - Scheduled Electrical Shutdown

Due to the Building 14 Renovation Project there will be a scheduled electrical shutdown in Building 14, first floor on Saturday, November 1st from 7:00AM to 9:00AM.

This electrical shutdown will affect all non-generator backed receptacles on the first floor and the lights in the west penthouse mechanical room.

It is recommended that you shutdown any office equipment that is sensitive to power surges during this time.

If you find that power has not been restored to your equipment after the power disruption, call POCC (734-647-2059) and report this immediately.

9/24 Update - Hammering & Drilling
 
There will be construction noise (mainly hammering and drilling) in Building 14 tonight, Wednesday, September 24th from 5:00PM - 12:00AM.
 
You may notice vibration and very loud noise during this time. We want to assure occupants that their work area is safe and secure and they will not be affected by the construction in any other way.
 
All efforts will be made to work around the normal activities of the buildings and to keep any noise to a minimum during work hours.

9/10 Update - Buildings 10 & 14: Corridor Closures

Due to the Building 14 Renovation Project we will be closing corridors in Buildings 10 and 14, Ground Floor on Friday, September 19th at 5:00PM. Corridors will re-open around the middle of December 2014.

During this time, please use the stairwells on either side of the closures as an alternate route. Please see map on right for details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Ahmet (734) 615-0026.