Clark Science Center

Renovation Project Page

The Clark Science Center renovation project, which involves Sabin-Reed and Burton buildings, is scheduled to take place from spring 2010 through January 2012. Majority of project involves code upgrades (sprinkler system, HVAC, electrical, ADA compliance) which is followed by some programming renovations.

Renovation Operations Committee (ROC)

The Renovation Operations Committee (ROC) is responsible for general project management and decision-making.

See the Renovation Operations Committee page which includes meeting minutes and other planning updates.

Emergency Contact List

If any construction related emergency occurs within Sabin Reed or Burton Hall, please use the following list to contact someone from the construction team :

  • Chad Siebel - Smith College Project Manager : (617) 596-2691 - Cell
  • Peter Gagnon - Smith College Capital Construction Director : x2406

General Construction Info

  • Main contact for Renovation Project construction management: Chad Siebel, Burton 212, mailbox in Burton foyer, div3-renovation@smith.edu, cell: 617-596-2691

Sabin-Reed and Burton Hall : Equipment supplied on standby power

Floor plans noting faculty locations and accessible / escorted access rooms during August Shutdown

Egress Plans during August Shutdown


Project Notifications

This page is maintained by Chad Siebel on behalf of the Renovation Project Management Team. Most recent posts on the top.

May 25, 2012

August 3rd 6:00PM through August 19th at 8:00AM - Power Shutdown of Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall

There was a follow-up community meeting regarding the August electrical shutdown associated with the Sabin-Reed/Burton Hall project held on Wednesday May 23rd.

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As a recap of the discussions, please note that the following was discussed to all that attended the meeting:

Preliminary Shutdown - Saturday, July 14th from 4:30AM - 6:30AM

A preliminary shutdown will be conducted on Saturday, July 14th between the hours of 4:30AM – 6:30AM in order to remove the existing dry transformer out of the main electrical room of Sabin-Reed.

Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall electrical services will be shutdown. All equipment that is tied into the emergency standby power will have continuous electricity supplied to them. See attached list.

 

Electrical Shutdown - Friday, August 3rd beginning at 6:00PM through Sunday, August 19th at 8:00AM

This is the main electrical shutdown that will affect Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall associated with removing and replacing the aging switchgear and transformers which supply power to all three buildings.

Temporary power will be supplied to the 3rd & 4th Floors of Sabin-Reed, 2nd Floor of Burton Hall as well as McConnell Hall’s HVAC systems. The equipment that is tied into the emergency generator standby power will have continuous electricity supplied to them during this shutdown and life safety devices throughout all 3 buildings will also be maintained (egress lighting, fire alarm systems, etc.). All other electrical services will be shutdown during the timeframes noted above.

 

Power Supplies

The following is a general overview of what systems and/or floors will have power supplied to them during the shutdown in August:

  • Life Safety Devices within Sabin, Burton and McConnell Hall. These devices include egress lighting in the corridors and stairwells as well as fire alarm devices throughout all areas of these buildings.
  • Animal Quarters
  • Zebra Fish Facility
  • Air Handling Units (Air condition) for Burton Hall Sabin-Reed and McConnell Hall
  • Summer Boiler
  • North Elevator
  • Central Elevator
  • Burton Hall Entrance Wheelchair Lift
  • Equipment supplied on Standby Power - See List (Click Here)
  • All Fume hoods will be operational
  • 2nd Floor of Burton Hall
  • 3rd Floor of Sabin-Reed
  • 4th Floor of Sabin-Reed

 

Detailed Schedule

  • Saturday, July 14th 4:30AM - 6:30AM - FULL POWER SHUTDOWN
    • Power is maintained to:
      • Life Safety Devices
      • Vivarium Facility
      • Zebra Fish Facility
      • Equipment supplied on Standby Power

 

  • Friday, August 3rd at 6:00PM - FULL POWER SHUTDOWN
    • All personnel must vacate the buildings at 6:00PM
    • No access allowed in building after 6:00PM
    • Power is maintained to:
      • Life Safety Devices
      • Vivarium Facility
      • Zebra Fish Facility
      • Equipment supplied on Standby Power
  • Saturday, August 4th 8:00AM - Saturday, August 18th 6:00AM - ELECTRICAL SHUTDOWN
    • Power is maintained to:
      • Life Safety Devices within Sabin, Burton and McConnell Hall.
      • Animal Quarters
      • Zebra Fish Facility
      • Air Handling Units (Air condition) for Burton Hall Sabin-Reed and McConnell Hall
      • Summer Boiler
      • North Elevator
      • Central Elevator
      • Burton Hall Entrance Wheelchair Lift
      • Equipment supplied on Standby Power - See List (Click Here)
      • All Fume hoods will be operational
      • 2nd Floor of Burton Hall
      • 3rd Floor of Sabin-Reed
      • 4th Floor of Sabin-Reed
    • Access available from 7:00AM - 6:00PM to faculty and staff on the 2nd Floor of Burton Hall
    • Access available from 7:00AM - 6:00PM to faculty and staff on the 3rd Floor of Sabin-Reed
    • Access available from 7:00AM - 6:00PM to faculty and staff on the 4th Floor of Sabin-Reed
    • All other access will be allowed by escort only:
      • Monday, August 6th - Friday, August 10th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM
      • Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 17th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, August 18th at 6:00AM - Sunday, August 19th at 8:00AM - FULL POWER SHUTDOWN
    • No access allowed in building
    • Power is maintained to:
      • Life Safety Devices
      • Vivarium Facility
      • Zebra Fish Facility
      • Equipment supplied on Standby Power
  • Sunday, August 19th at 8:00AM - POWER RESTORED
    • Power restored to all areas of Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall

 

Access to the 4th & 3rd Floor of Sabin-Reed & 2nd Floor of Burton Hall : Saturday August 4th - Friday August 17th

Those individuals and their research staff who have advised back to me that they will be working on the 2nd floor of Burton and the 4th and 3rd floors of Sabin-Reed will be granted access into the building beginning on Saturday, August 4th through Friday, August 17th. Per the local jurisdictions requirements, access is limited from 7:00AM - 6:00PM.

A floor plan noting which faculty members and their staff will have access into the building as well as the location of each of these faculty members and staff has been created and can be accessed by here - CLICK HERE

All other individuals’ access cards will not work to gain access into the buildings.

 

Escorted Access to 1st, 2nd Floors of Sabin-Reed, 1st, 3rd & 4th Floors of Burton Hall and All Floors of McConnell Hall

Being that these floors will not have power supplied to them, other than life safety, escorted access will be available Monday’s through Friday’s for 15 minutes during the hours of 9:00AM - 1:00PM. This is to allow individuals to gain access into their spaces to retrieve/drop off information or check on equipment. No access other than escorted access will be available to these floors.

A Campus Police officer will be utilized as the escort and they will be posted at the Burton Hall main entrance during the days and hours noted above. If the escort is not at the Burton Hall entrance when you arrive, you will be required to stay out of the building until they return in order to escort you to your location.

In summary:

  • Escorted access required to:
    • McConnell Hall
    • 1st, 2nd Floors of Sabin-Reed
    • Basement, 1st, 3rd & 4th Floors of Burton hall
  • Escort will be available
    • Monday, August 6th - Friday, August 10th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    • Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 17th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Egress Plans

Egress plans will be posted to each floor and each occupied room prior to the shutdown. These plans need to be adjusted in order to show the proper egress routes per the local jurisdictions requirements as the North Stairs of Burton and Sabin-Reed will be shutdown during the August electrical shutdown in order to run the temporary cables to supply power to the 2nd floor of Burton Hall and 4th & 3rd Floor of Sabin-Reed.

 

 

 

April 4, 2012

August 3rd 6:00PM through August 19th at 8:00AM - Power Shutdown of Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall

August 2012 Electrical Shutdown Information:

As discussed and agreed to by faculty during the community meeting held on March 28th, the main electrical switchgear within Sabin-Reed will be replaced this coming August 2012. This switchgear serves as the main electrical distribution point supplying power to Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall. Per the engineers’ comments during the meeting, this switchgear is beyond its life expectancy and is due for replacement.

Participants in the community meeting discussed the risk management of postponing the project until summer 2013. If the aging equipment were to fail between now and next summer the consequences could be catastrophic and require 6 months to clean-up and repair. Burton, McConnell, and Sabin-Reed would be without power for this time period. A general consensus was reached that the project team should continue to move forward with the scheduled switchgear replacement for this summer (2012). This timeframe maximizes the SURF time period, while providing adequate time to prepare for the start of fall classes.

In performing this replacement, the main electrical systems to these buildings will need to be shutdown for a period of 2 full weeks in order to properly remove the existing gear, prepare the existing wiring within the electrical room to receive the new switchgear and install all of the components of the new switchgear equipment. All power supplies other than those tied into the new emergency generator (Life Safety Devices such as egress lighting and fire alarm devices, Animal Quarters, Zebra Fish Facility and equipment plugged into standby power outlets) will be without power during this shutdown.

As we prepared to make the general announcement of this shutdown, we were advised that the 2nd Floor of Burton Hall and 3rd & 4th Floor of Sabin-Reed were critical research floors which could not sustain a power outage over this timeframe. We have been able to work with the electrical contractor hired for the switchgear replacement (who has also worked within Burton Hall and Sabin-Reed over the course of the last 2+ years during the renovations to these buildings) to provide power to these floors during the planned electrical shutdown.  In providing power to these floors, Burton and Sabin-Reed will experience full building shutdowns in order to tie-in and then disconnect the temporary generators.

Power Supplies

The following is a general overview of what systems and/or floors will have power supplied to them during the shutdown:

  • Life Safety Devices within Sabin, Burton and McConnell Hall. These devices include egress lighting in the corridors and stairwells as well as fire alarm devices throughout all areas of these buildings.
  • Animal Quarters
  • Zebra Fish Facility
  • Air Handling Units (Air condition) for Burton Hall and Sabin-Reed only
  • Summer Boiler
  • North Elevator
  • Central Elevator
  • Burton Hall Entrance Wheelchair Lift
  • Equipment supplied on Standby Power – See List (Click Here)
  • All Fume hoods will be operational
  • 2nd Floor of Burton Hall
  • 3rd Floor of Sabin-Reed
  • 4th Floor of Sabin-Reed

 

Shutdown Timeline of Events

The following is a general overview of how the shutdown will occur:   CLICK HERE for an August 2012 calendar view of the shutdown

  • Mid June (Date TBD - 8 Hours Off Hours / Saturday) - Full power shutdown to remove existing dry transformer
  • Friday, August 3rd 6:00PM – FULL POWER SHUTDOWN to Sabin-Reed, Burton Hall and McConnell Hall in order to tie-in temporary generators to supply power to the 2nd floor of Burton and 3rd & 4th Floor of Sabin-Reed
    • Bass hall will be disrupted, which will disrupt computing services
  • Saturday, August 4th 6:00AM – Power is supplied to the 2nd Floor or Burton and 3rd & 4th Floors of Sabin-Reed
  • McConnell Hall will be without power from Friday August 3rd at 6:00PM until power is restored on Sunday August 19th at 8:00AM
  • Switchgear replacement begins Saturday, August 4th
  • Switchgear replacement complete Saturday, August 18th
  • Saturday, August 18th 6:00AM - FULL POWER SHUTDOWN to Sabin-Reed and Burton Hall in order to disconnect temporary generators and make final tie-in of new switchgear.
    • Bass hall will be disrupted, which will disrupt computing services
  • Sunday, August 19th 8:00AM – POWER RESTORED to all floors within Burton, Sabin-Reed and McConnell Hall

 

We will continue to work with the project engineers and electrical contractor to provide you with the most up to date information related back to the electrical services within these buildings.

 


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