Notifications & Updates


Building 10: Elevator Replacement Project

The installation of the replacement elevator in Building 10 has been inspected and approved by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Elevator Safety Division. It has been placed back in service.

The original elevator was installed as part of the Parke Davis & Company Administration Building construction in 1960. A lot has changed over 55 years including the building floor plan. What is most significant is the change in elevator design and code requirements since 1960.

You will notice changes to lighting levels, interior finishes, elevator controls, the speed of travel, the speed that the door operates, as well as additional tones and voice notification. These features are now a minimum requirement for all new passenger elevators.


OSEH Fire Extinguisher Training

OSEH Fire Safety Services will be on-site to provide “hands on” fire extinguisher training. During this training, the user will learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, including selecting the proper fire extinguishers for different types of fires, and how to extinguish an actual fire. This training is conducted outdoors, in the event of rain or other inclement weather, the training will be rescheduled.

The training takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is offered continuously during the hour. Training will be held on Tuesday, September 1st from 1:00PM – 2:00PM and Thursday, September 3rd from 9:00AM – 10:00AM in parking lot NC95, just south of Building 22.


NCRC Annual Fire Drill

The annual NCRC site wide fire drill (both 1600 and 2800) will take place mid-morning on Wednesday, September 23rd.

This will cover all buildings on-site except the Children's Center, as they perform their own drills.

All occupants are expected to vacate the facility. Please take some time today to familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation signs posted within your building, taking note of the nearest emergency exits. Remember that any emergency exit may be used, and that the main lobby of your building may not always be the quickest exit route. Please proceed to the nearest designated Evacuation Assembly Area as shown on your posted evacuation plan and wait for the "all clear" to re-enter the building.

Please schedule your sensitive procedures and meetings accordingly.


Sitewide: Annual Escalator Maintenance

Annual maintenance will be performed on all of the NCRC escalators beginning Monday, July 27th through mid-September. The work will start in Building 18, followed by Building 520.

During maintenance efforts, the escalators will be out of service intermittently. For your safety, do not bypass barriers or posted restricted areas.

Please use the elevators or stairs as an alternate route during this time.


Building 520: Pedestrian Sidewalk Installation Project

7/13/2015 Update: A sidewalk installation project to enhance accessibility between parking lots NC85, NC84 and the Building 520 Lobby is anticipated to begin at the end of August and be completed at the end of October.

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.


NCRC Security Kiosk Removal Project

8/24/2015: ​The project is advancing as planned with preparation for paving ​early in the week. Watch for large vehicles in the area over the next several days. Remember that other U-M lots are available at or near NCRC to provide alternative parking during the increased construction traffic.

8/14/2015: Paving will be completed on the Plymouth Road Security Kiosk Removal area and the contractor will move to Phase 2 on Monday, August 17th, weather permitting. Expect the 1600 site Plymouth Road entrance to re-open and the Huron Parkway entrance to close on Monday, August 17th. Both entrances may be open for a short time during the relocation of barricades. Phase 2 is anticipated to take approximately two weeks to complete.

7/31/2015: Electrical demolition of the security kiosks will begin the week of August 3rd. There should be no impact to traffic. The remainder of the project will be split into two phases in order to maintain access to the 1600 site. Phase one (Plymouth Road Entrance) is anticipated to begin the week of August 10 and will last approximately two weeks. The Plymouth Road entrance will be closed. Please us the Huron Parkway entrance during this time. 

Phase two (Huron Parkway Entrance) will begin immediately upon the completion of phase one and could take up to two weeks to complete. The Huron Parkway entrance will be closed. Please use the Plymouth Road entrance during this time. 

Watch for entrance closure signs, barricades, and for people working in the area.

7/15/2015: The project was awarded and the contractor will soon mobilize to begin demolition. The expected completion date is August 31, 2015. Unfavorable market pricing has required the removal of the security kiosks at Baxter Road and Building 80 to be deferred to a later date. Notices regarding lane and entrance closures at the 1600 site will be communicated once they are confirmed. Expect intermittent closures of the Huron Parkway and Plymouth Road entrances. Please use alternate entrances during this time.

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 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.