Buildings & Grounds Tackles Summer Projects

While much of the campus was quiet over the summer, the staff from Buildings & Grounds was busy preparing the physical plant of the College for the start of the new academic year. Under the leadership of recently appointed Director of Facilities Sally Katz, skilled tradespeople and groundskeepers worked hard to complete a host of important projects before the students and faculty returned in force.

Among the tasks undertaken during the break were the completion of extensive renovations to three labs in McCook, an environmental cleanup project in the basement of Hansen Hall, and the installation of a new quarry tile floor in the kitchen of Ogilby Hall. B & G personnel also tested every fire alarm and sprinkler on campus, overhauled the boilers in preparation for the cold weather season, and upgraded the cooling tower in the chiller plant. Staff members in the access control division upgraded door locks in two dormitories, replaced batteries in the rest of the dormitory locks, and created floor plans with appropriate lock identifications. At the same time, the grounds crew was busy pruning trees and rebuilding the south patio entrance to North Campus dormitory in addition to relocating offices all over campus and providing assistance for numerous camps and other programs that make use of the campus during the summer months. Of course, the jobs listed above represent only a small portion of what the staff from B & G accomplished.

Sally Katz  

“I have never seen facilities personnel who work with more dedication than our staff,” says Katz, who has been in university residence and facilities management since 1989. “Our people bleed blue and gold. They are committed to Trinity College and take a great deal of pride in the appearance and physical plant of our campus.”

Katz came to Trinity after working at New York University, where she held such positions as residence hall manager, director of off-campus housing, and facilities manager. In that capacity she oversaw the construction of a 468,000 square-foot facility that included a 1,000-person residence hall and a sports complex complete with a swimming pool and rock climbing wall. An archeology and art history major as an undergraduate, Katz earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut. She is one of a small but growing number of women who hold director-level positions in college and university facilities management.

“I like to be challenged,” she says. “I seek out difficult projects because they’re usually run by smart people, which gives me an opportunity to learn. I hate to be bored. I’m new here but I already love the traditions that a place like Trinity has. I love being part of it. This is a special place.”

Long Walk Construction Update

 
   

Much of the historic Long Walk has been fenced off and scaffolding will soon be erected in order to allow workers to repair the garrets and roofs of Seabury and Jarvis halls. It will be an arduous project that will last at least through the current academic year. A temporary walkway will be constructed in the grass to the east of the Long Walk. Designed by famed English architect William Burges, the brownstone buildings have slate roofs and dormers as well as single-glazed, wrought-iron window casements. Cracks were discovered in the fixtures and roofs, which date back to 1874 and are original to the buildings, in the course of a summer restoration project at the Jarvis and Seabury towers. President Jones has noted that we must “take care of this prized asset as soon as possible.”

To offset the unavoidable inconveniences that will surely arise from the loss of up to 50 parking spaces in Seabury and Jarvis lots during the construction, Campus Safety has announced that additional faculty and staff parking will be made available in the following locations:

Summit A lot
Broad and Vernon lot
1283 Broad Street
Trinfo Café – both lots
Rear of 76 Vernon Street
Rear of 115 Allen Place

“We realize that this is a less than ideal situation as far as parking is concerned,” explains Chris Lyons, associate director of campus safety. “We’re confident, however, that members of the Trinity community will make temporary adjustments so that we can get though this with the least possible disruption for everyone.”


 
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