Preparing Our Buildings

Close-up of interior stairway railing

Indoor Air Quality

Based on recommendations received from an engineering consultant, the College has installed high-efficiency air filters where possible and rebalanced air handling units to improve ventilation rates as necessary in classrooms, lecture halls and meeting rooms. In addition, room air purifiers with ultra-violet sanitization and bipolar ionization will be available to supplement ventilation in certain spaces. Classrooms and meeting spaces that do not meet certain thresholds for air changes per hour will not be accessible during the semester.

Campus restrooms have also been a focus for facilities staff. Hand dryers have been disabled in all restrooms, and exhaust fans have been checked to confirm proper operation. Plumbing systems have been flushed and routinely maintained to prevent risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other bacterial issues from developing.

Cleaning Protocols

In alignment with CDC recommendations, the College has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures. High-traffic areas, classrooms, and restrooms have been targeted for greater frequency cleaning using EPA-registered products for use against the novel coronavirus. Over 250 sanitizing stations are located across campus.

Waste Management in Residence Halls

All student dorm rooms are equipped with trash and recycling bins. Students will be required to empty both the trash and recycling containers from their dorm room into the trash and recycling dumpsters closest to their residence hall (a map with locations of dumpsters will be provided in the residence halls). Due to the potential for increased take-out food options, students are encouraged to compost. Those interested in composting will be provided with compostable bags that can be dropped into the compost collection bins near the trash and recycling dumpsters. Residence hall restroom trash will be handled by housekeeping staff.

Wayfinding

Campus buildings and residence halls have been analyzed to determine the optimal flow and circulation of foot traffic. When you are preparing to enter a building, please be aware of which doors should be used for entrance and which doors are exit-only. Follow any directive pathways in buildings, especially paying attention to stairwells marked as “up” or “down,” and obey capacity limits in elevators as well as in individual rooms. Important Note: Many campus buildings have only one accessible entrance/exit/pathway. These will be used in both directions for accessibility purposes.

Sampling of wayfinding signs that will be displayed on campus