Notifications & Updates

NCRC: Uninterruptible Power Supply Transition

In preparation for the IHPI renovation in Building 14 the existing uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will be transitioned to the new UPS being installed.

This transition is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th through Monday, September 8th.

During this installation, any power bumps will temporarily take down the IT infrastructure for the entire site, including telephones for approximately 15 minutes. The transition should be complete by end of day Sunday, September 7th, with Monday, September 8th as a contingency day just in case.

Biointerfaces Computational Lab, DNA Sequencing and Lycera will lose communication with their servers for approximately 15 minutes the morning of Saturday, September 6th between 7:00AM and 8:00AM and again on the evening of Sunday, September 7th or Monday, September 8th when the work is complete. The servers are separately UPS backed, but the switch they are on will shut down briefly.

Building 14 will experience a short interruption of building ventilation (less than one hour) on the morning of Saturday, September 6th between 7:00AM and 8:00AM and again on the evening of Sunday, September 7th or Monday, September 8th when the work is complete.

Building 520: Momentary Back-up Power Shutdown

There will be a brief shutdown of the back-up electrical outlets in Building 520, 2nd floor on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00AM. The outage will last a maximum of 20 minutes. It will only affect the red back-up outlets within the laboratories on the 2nd floor. If you find that power has not been restored to your equipment after the power disruption, call the Plant Operations Call Center (POCC) (734-647-2059) and report this immediately.

Building 520: Lab Vacuums Down

The Building 520 lab vacuums are down for emergency repairs starting on Monday, August 25th. Another Building Notice will be sent out when the repairs are complete.

8/27 Update: Lab vacuums have been repaired.

Building 10: Lobby Tile Repair

The second phase of the Building 10 lobby tile repair will begin in the main entrance vestibule starting on Monday, August 18th at 6:00AM. The repair is on the west side of the vestibule. Access will be maintained at all times through the doors on the east side of the vestibule. The repair will involve noise and limited dust/smell. Construction will try to keep most of the work that will create noise in between 6:00AM and 9:00AM. This project should last 3-5 days.

Update 8/22: Work has been delayed and the new start date is Monday, August 25th.

Building 14: IHPI Renovation Project

Construction and demolition work for the IHPI Renovation Project will begin in Building 14 on Monday, August 18th.

A temporary wall will go up on the ground floor near the Building 14 entrance. The temporary wall will not impact access to the entrance.

The IHPI Renovation Project is expected to be complete in August 2015 (approximately one year).

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

Building 520: Interior Renovations

Interior renovations have begun in Building 520 for the new Wang Labs and Offices and will continue through the middle of September.

Construction will occur at the north portion of Level 1 and the central and south portions of the Ground Level.

There should be no impact to access or egress, but there will be the occasional audible disturbance due to construction activity. All efforts will be made to work around the normal activities of the building and to keep any noise to a minimum during work hours.

NCRC: Vehicle & Pedestrian Connector Construction

Construction to create a new vehicle and pedestrian connector from Hubbard Road to NCRC will begin Monday, July 14th. This project will include a three lane road, a pedestrian walk that extends north to connect to existing walkways, with all new lighting, bicycle parking, and a emergency phone.

The southern portion of NC90 lot will be blocked off during the approximate three week construction, but the south ring road will remain open. Passengers requiring the use of the Hubbard bus stop should park in NC91 lot and use the alternate route indicated. All areas should be ready for use mid-August.

Update 8/25: The construction is complete and the Hubbard entrance is now open.







Building 10: New Occupant Renovation

Construction activities are ongoing in the new occupant renovation project in Building 10: Ground Floor, First Floor, and Penthouse. The project is estimated to be completed in August 2014. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to the extent possible.

6/12 - Construction Walls: Two construction walls will be built on Monday, June 16 from 5:00AM - 7:00AM in the Building 10, Level 1 southwest hall. The walls will be here for about 5-6 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Ahmet (734) 615-0026.

7/31 - The construction walls for the new occupant renovation in Building 10, Level 1 will be coming down Friday, August 1st from 6:00AM - 8:00AM.

Ann Arbor Siren Warning System

The City of Ann Arbor has 22 siren locations throughout city limits. The sirens are tested every second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m., with a one-minute wail. Testing of sirens is performed from March through November.

Washtenaw County sirens are tested on the first Saturday of the month at noon from March through September.

The sirens are an outdoor warning system only. They are not intended to be heard indoors. If you hear them while indoors, consider yourself fortunate for the advance warning. Please call the office of emergency management at 734.794.6980 if you are outdoors and do not hear the sirens on the scheduled time and day of the testing.

When the sirens are actually activated, it can be for various reasons. These include:

  • Tornado warning anywhere in Washtenaw County.
  • Severe thunderstorm warning with confirmed winds in excess of 70 miles per hour anywhere in Washtenaw County.
  • A hazardous material spill that requires immediate protective action.
  • Any other local emergency that requires immediate action or for other national threats such as an imminent threat alert from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - National Terrorism Advisory System.

When the sirens are activated, you are advised to “go in / tune in.” Immediately go inside, take cover in a safe area and listen on your battery-operated radio to the local EAS radio stations for official information:

  • WEMU 89.1 FM
  • WWWW 102.9 FM
  • WQKL 107.1 FM
  • WTKA 1050 AM
  • WLBY 1290 AM

Emergency alerts will also be broadcast on Community Television Network (channels 16, 17, 18 and 19), emailed to “emergency alerts” e-subscribers, and shared via the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sirens will sound for three minutes with a steady wail in the event of an actual emergency. There will not be an “all-clear” alert from the sirens. Listen, instead, for an all-clear announcement to be broadcast on the radio.


Washtenaw County’s 68 warning sirens will be tested at Noon on the first Saturday of every month from March through September.

If there is a threat of severe weather on the day of a test, it will be cancelled. Except for scheduled testing, the sirens will be activated for the following emergencies: • The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning • A severe thunderstorm has been detected with damaging winds in excess of 70 MPH • A hazardous materials accident requires immediate protective action by the public • An attack on the United States is imminent, underway or has recently occurred Warning siren activation is a signal to members of the public to immediately go indoors and monitor local Emergency Alert System media outlets for official information.

Washtenaw County’s emergency broadcasters are: WEMU 89.1 FM WWWW 102.9 FM WQKL 107.1 FM WTKA 1050 AM WLBY 1290 AM

Building 28: Construction Renovations

Construction to renovate Building 28 for occupancy by the College of Engineering will start in the beginning of June 2014 and continue through August 2014.

Construction access will be through the loading dock area on the south end of Building 28 to minimize traffic in public areas.

Bio Research Shuttle

A Pilot Service to Safely Transport Bio-Specimens will launch on June 2nd Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) is pleased to announce the June 2nd launch of Bio Research Shuttle, a new pilot service for the safe transport of bio-specimens around campus.

Click here for more information and schedule details

Buildings 10 & 14: IHPI Renovation

Buildings 10 and 14 IHPI renovation was approved by the Board of Regents May 15, 2014. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2014 and complete by September 2015.

Floor Refinishing

NCRC annual floor maintenance will continue in buildings 100, 200, 300, 400 and 520. All work will be performed after 6:00pm.

Common vinyl tile areas have already been completed for most of the buildings. Individual lab floors in B520 are scheduled for refinishing sometime in May starting on the third floor and working downward.

Please ensure that as much of the floor is clear as possible. Watch for individual room postings and an upcoming carpeting schedule over the next several months. See schedule for more details.

Building 10: Air Handling Replacement

Construction activities are ongoing in the air handling replacement project in Building 10: Ground Floor, First Floor, and Penthouse. The completion of this project will enable better temperature control and performance of air conditioning systems within Building 10. The general contractor will begin their work by surveying and assessing multiple areas throughout Building 10 which will include inspection above ceilings. The project is estimated to be completed in May 2014. Anticipate short periods of disruption as we remove the old and install the new systems. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to the extent possible. 

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7/31 - Update: There will be painting work outside of Building 10 on Saturday, August 2nd - Sunday, August 3rd from 7:00AM - 4:00PM.

The scaffolding outside of Building 10 will be removed beginning on Monday, August 4th through Friday, August 8th. The ring row fence will also be removed on Friday, August 8th.

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to the Building 10 Air Handling Project, please contact Tara Ahmet (734) 615-0026

Progress and construction details will be provided throughout the process via the NCRC Building Notices

11/4 - Partial Road Closures

Starting November 4th, 2013 there will be partial road closures of the driveway behind Building 550 between the North Dock and NC86 Parking Lot. The closures will be on a daily basis, will include some weekends and will continue through Spring/Summer 2014. Part of NC86 Parking Lot will be closed during this time. Deliveries to the Building 550 dock will still be permitted and emergency vehicles will have access at all times. Please click map to enlarge.

5/2013 - Ongoing: NCRC, Building 10, Elevator

NCRC, Building 10, Elevator (Number 52), will be out-of-order while we wait on ordered material to arrive so repairs can be completed.

Update 5/2014 - NCRC approved project to replace elevator.