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New parking spots line-painted for safety; Tiles, doors, batteries replaced

03/29/2013

Upham was among halls in which repairs or renovations were made over spring break
While many members of the Miami University community spent spring break on a beach or golf course, the university's physical facilities department (PFD) was busy making improvements across campus, including newly painted parallel parking spots on both sides of Oak and Maple Streets.

“In the absence of marked parking spaces, cars, trucks and SUVs parked at random locations along the curbs on the roads and subsequent vehicles had to try to fit into the spaces between,” explains Ben Spilman, director of parking and transportation services. “One poorly parked car could result in the loss several parking spaced on the block.”

The new spots, which will not have meters, ensure a set amount of spaces. The spots are two feet longer than required to give adequate room for drivers to park safely.

Many other improvements or updates were also implemented over spring break.

“We try to perform work during breaks that would be considered disruptive to students, faculty and staff when classes are in session,” says Cody Powell, associate vice president for facility planning and operations. “Sometimes it’s preventative maintenance tasks or equipment testing and sometimes it’s work outside of buildings, which is best accomplished with reduced vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

Because of the finite time frame during a university break, the work requires careful planning that may include obtaining the services of contractors, long lead-time equipment purchases, coordination of work teams and contingency planning. Factoring in weather, most projects are scheduled at least nine months in advance. “Many buildings are used heavily during the summer break for conferences and other functions, so shorter duration breaks are the only opportunity we have full access to a space,” explains Powell.

From regrouting showers in residence halls, to landscaping and sidewalk repair in front of academic buildings and painting any areas in between, PFD had a full schedule during this year’s break. Among the numerous tasks they completed:

• Replaced four doors in the Farmer School of Business
• Installed seven televisions in Laws Hall, as well as a touch screen monitor
• Retiled floors in Irvin Hall
• Repaired a ceiling at Martin Dining Hall
• Made pad improvements behind home plate at McKie Baseball Field.
• Performed elevator safety tests and inspections
• Changed batteries on more than 2,000 electronic access doors
• Worked on the dish rooms in Erickson and Harris dining halls
• Worked to resolve heating issues in Upham Hall.

PFD is already planning improvements for the next school year.

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