Air Handling Units Looking To Be Replaced, Many Offices Need To Be Moved To SVC – The Oracle

Royal Aire will replace several air handling units to improve ventilation in the basement and on the first, second and fifth floors. ORACLE PHOTO/ALEXANDRA URBAN

Four air handling units located in the Student Services Building (SVC) are being completely replaced, resulting in the temporary relocation of several offices located within the building.

The replacements come after the units, which provide ventilation to parts of the basement and the first, second and fifth floors, were used beyond their expected lifespan, according to associate director of communications Aaron Nichols.

Executed by Royal Aire, the project is expected to be completed this summer, Nichols said.

The reason the replacement is happening now is that it must be completed by this summer due to requirements for receiving federal funding for the work, according to Nichols.

“Between funding stipulations, the fact that many organizations across the country are trying to do similar projects, and supply chain challenges, manufacturing and delivery times largely drive the project timeline,” did he declare.

“This is complicated by the physical locations and layouts of existing large equipment and ductwork which must be removed in pieces and pieces before new equipment can be installed. The total duration of the dismantling and reinstallation of the systems is greater than the duration of the summer break.

A budget of $1.55 million has been authorized for the replacement, and it is funded by funds received from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act,

Some basement offices, such as the Comptroller’s Accounting Office and Resource Management and Development (RMD) (Business Transactions), are both working remotely, and some RMD employees are temporarily moving to the John and Grace Building. Allen.

Feed-A-Bull is moving across the hall from its original location in SVC 002 to SVC 0040 so it remains close to its current location, and Oracle offices are temporarily relocating to a space in Marshall Student Center .

Beyond the basement, Nichols said offices on the first floor will work remotely or change locations if employees need to come in person for work.

“The Admissions Office is returning to remote operations with select staff working from spaces in the Registrar’s Office area,” he said. “Admissions office functions that require public, face-to-face interaction are temporarily being moved to the second-floor lobbies of the Central Human Resources Offices, upstairs from where their lobby is currently located.”

The second floor, which includes offices such as Career Services, Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, and Undergraduate Student Support Services, will also relocate or move the majority of its work remotely.

On the fifth floor, RMD (HR and Payroll) will move to a space in the Behavioral Sciences Building and Information Technology will work remotely.

With the staff’s experience during the pandemic, Nichols said the accelerated pace of the project isn’t going to sacrifice the quality of the replacement.

“All the staff we worked with were extremely understanding and cooperative during this complex planning process,” he said.

“This is another example of how the experiences of the past 20 months have enabled USF to operate remotely and provide excellent service in circumstances that require flexibility and adaptability.”

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