Steam and Dual-Temperature Pipe Repair Updates

January 12, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are writing to update you that heat has been restored to all buildings affected by Friday’s dual-temperature pipe repair.

We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this entire process. If you have issues or concerns, contact Campus Safety at 860-297-2222.

Sincerely,

Trinity College Emergency Management Team

January 10, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Yesterday we communicated that work had begun on a multi-phase project to repair breaches in steam and dual-temperature pipes that deliver heat to campus buildings. We are pleased to report that the buildings affected by the overnight steam pipe repair—Jones, Elton, Wheaton, Jackson, Smith, Funston, Clement Chemistry, the Chapel, and parts of Hamlin Hall—have all had heat production return as of this afternoon.

The second phase of the project must address a breach that was discovered last week in a dual-temperature pipe near the Austin Arts Center. This pipe delivers heat to some of our residence halls—Goodwin/Woodward, Cook, and Hansen—as well as the English Department Building, Raether Library and Information Technology Center, Admissions and Career Development Center, Downes and Williams, Smith House, and parts of Hamlin Hall. We are sharing this information with all faculty and staff, as well as with students who are on campus now and living in the residence halls that will be affected.

Unfortunately, in order to make the necessary repairs to the dual-temperature pipe, heat to these buildings must be turned off beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Friday. We anticipate the work to happen quickly, with heat being back on within 24 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience of this work; our aim is to minimize disruption and try to complete the repair work as quickly as possible.

Facilities staff will be monitoring the temperatures inside the affected buildings to ensure that temperatures remain at acceptable levels in all buildings throughout the duration of the project. Should temperatures fall to uncomfortable levels, we will provide options to those living or working in those spaces. We anticipate that Friday will be a normal business day for faculty and staff.

The Emergency Management Team will continue to update the campus by email, and we will keep a log of all community messages on our website for the duration of the project. Our next communication will be to report on the progress of the dual-temperature pipe repair, in particular if there are changes to the anticipated duration of the project. Additionally, team members in Student Life, the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, and other areas will communicate directly and in numerous ways with those living and working in affected buildings.

We apologize for the inconvenience of these repairs on members of the community, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to mitigate the impact and restore full service as quickly as possible.

If you have issues or concerns, contact Campus Safety at 860-297-2222.

Sincerely,

Trinity College Emergency Management Team

January 9, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are writing with information about a campus infrastructure repair beginning tonight that could have a significant impact on campus. We are sharing this news with all faculty and staff, as well as with students who are on campus now and living in residence halls that will be affected.

This is a multi-phase repair project that begins immediately and is necessary to repair a breach discovered this week in a central steam line near Austin Arts Center. A second, separate project will follow on the heels of that one, to repair a breach in a hot water line in the same vicinity. The two phases of the project will impact different buildings on campus; we will communicate with all faculty and staff and with students living in buildings affected by the work as the projects progress. We apologize for the inconvenience of this work; our aim is to minimize disruption and try to complete the repair work before the semester begins.

Unfortunately, the steam pipe repair—which involves replacing a relatively small section of steel pipe—requires that steam heat be turned off beginning today to the same set of buildings that experienced an outage in October. These include several of our residence halls—Jones, Elton, Wheaton, Jackson, Smith, and Funston—as well as Clement Chemistry Building, the Chapel, and parts of Hamlin HallWe anticipate this work to be fairly quick and that steam heat would be back within 24 hours.

Facilities staff will be monitoring the temperatures inside the affected buildings to ensure that temperatures remain at acceptable levels in all buildings throughout the duration of the project. Should temperatures fall to uncomfortable levels, we will provide options to those living or working in those spaces.

Throughout the phases of the project, the Emergency Management Team will update the campus by email, and we will keep a log of all community messages on our website for the duration of the project. Our next communication will be to report on the progress of the steam pipe repair and to share information about the second phase of work. Additionally, team members in Student Life, the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, and other areas will communicate directly and in numerous ways with those living and working in affected buildings.

We apologize for the inconvenience of these repairs on members of the community, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to mitigate the impact and restore full service as quickly as possible.

If you have issues or concerns, contact Campus Safety at 860-297-2222.

Sincerely,

Trinity College Emergency Management Team