Notifications & Updates

Building 520: Lab Ventilation Shutdown

There will be a shutdown of lab ventilation (supply and exhaust) in Building 520 Labs on Saturday, September 27th from 6:00AM to 2:30PM to perform repairs.  

All hood sashes should be closed, chemical containers removed or capped, and equipment inside of the fume hoods shutdown prior to the repair.

During the repair temperatures in the labs may fluctuate.

Building 10: Roof Replacement Project

9/3 - UPDATE: The Building 10 Roof Replacement Project will begin Thursday, September 4th.

Materials will be delivered on three separate days between 7:00AM and 8:00AM. The drive up to Building 10 entrance and some parking on the west side of the ring will be blocked off during this time.

Watch for large trucks and equipment while in the area. Signage and project personnel will be directing people away from the areas of concern. If weather permits, the roofing work will begin immediately afterward.

Original Building Notice:

In an effort to preserve the worthy investment of finish and infrastructure upgrades within Building 10, it will be necessary to replace the roof in its entirety. The work is expected to begin in early September. The duration of the Roof Replacement Project is anticipated to last two to four weeks under the best conditions. Weather will be an influence on our ability to perform work. There will also be some work scheduled on weekends to shield occupants from the worst of the activity that will produce odors and will extend to the project slightly. 

Building 10 first 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. It is anticipated to be much quieter than the previous project and of a much shorter duration. There will be odors during the project from adhesives and sealants during the installation process. This is normal. The work that will create the most odors will be scheduled on weekends and efforts will be made to minimize them at other times. What you may notice beyond the project will be what is often described as a rubber or asphalt odor from the new roofing membrane. This odor is expected and will dissipate over time.

A small area in front of Building 10 will be reserved for new material lifts and dumpsters to remove old roofing materials. Expect truck traffic and temporary closure of parking. Signage and flag persons will be present directing people away from the construction activity. Detailed Information and additional notices will be provided as the start date approaches.

Buildings 14: Renovation Project

Construction and demolition work for the Buildings 10 & 14 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 Building 14 Renovation Project is expected to be complete in August 2015 (approximately one year).

9/10/2014 - 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 for details.

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.

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 A

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.