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News and Alerts


Shuttle buses will run a modified route on Sunday, September 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. Church Street will be closed to WCU shuttle buses for the entire day into the evening so the bus stop will be temporarily moved from Church Street to the North Campus Drive entrance of Hollinger Field House. View Map Here

Contact Information: Facilities Bus Transportation, 610‑436‑1053 or 610‑436‑2442.
Electricity Reduction Program
WCU is an active participant in a program designed to support the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) electricity transmission grid during periods of high electrical demand. When PJM anticipates a higher-then-usual demand "event", they will notify all program participants, including WCU, to reduce demand by cutting back on electrical loads in order to minimize the risk of brownouts. WCU's target is to reduce it's electrical demand by at least 500KW which represents approximately 7% of the university's average daytime demand during the cooling season. For a real-time event, WCU will typically recieve several hours advance notice from PJM and will, in turn, immeditately notify the campus community to help reduce electrical loads by turning off unneeded lighting, equipment and appliances. These events almost always occur in the early afternoon and can last up to six hours.

Notification of a Planned 1-Hour Reduction Event
WCU has received notice of a PJM planned electrical reduction event scheduled for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST. During this time, WCU will be shutting down unneeded equipment, reducing air conditioning requirements and turning off lighting where possible. In support of this effort, the university is requesting that employees and students turn off all unneeded lighting, equipment, instruments and appliances during this time. These combined actions will assure WCU's positive contribution to reducing electrical load when needed and helps PJM continue to provide consistant, reliable electrical power to the Northeast grid.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this planned event, please contact John Lattanze at 610‑436‑2713 or jlattanze@wcupa.edu
Sykes Geothermal Wellfield Project, Road Closure: The work on the Sykes K-Lot Wellfields 3A/3B project is progressing. The installation of pipe from the pump house to the wellfield is currently underway. To complete the pipe installation across Norfolk Avenue, a temporary closure of Norfolk Avenue will take place on Saturday, 9/13/14. The portion of Norfolk Avenue between Roslyn Avenue and the Sykes parking lot will be closed beginning at 7:00am and continue until work is completed on Saturday. Please note that East side access to the Sykes parking lot from Norfolk Avenue will remain open.

Contact Information: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the road closure, please contact John Lattanze at 610‑436‑2713 or jlattanze@wcupa.edu.

On Tuesday, 9/9/14, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm, PECO will be doing work on Church Street in front of the Peoples Building. To complete this work, Church Street will be closed from Sharpless Street to University Avenue and campus shuttle buses will be re-routed. Please see attached map of the temporary bus route and bus stop location.

Contact Information: For questions/concerns about the temporary bus route, please call the Bus Transportation Office at 610‑436‑1053 or 610‑436‑2442. For questions/concerns about the PECO work, please call John Lattanze at 610‑436‑2713

Shuttle buses will run a modified route on Tuesday, September 9 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. A portion of Church Street will be closed during this time so the bus stop will be temporarily moved from Church Street to the North Campus Drive entrance of Hollinger Field House.

Contact Information: Facilities Bus Transportation, 610‑436‑1053 or 610‑436‑2442.
The low scale plantings that are planned for the new Academic Quad will be installed from Thursday, September 4 through Saturday, September 6. Throughout this period, rubber-tired vehicles will be used to move the plants to their locations within the six plantings beds around the Quad's perimeter. As necessary, walkways within the vicinity of these beds will be partially blocked off during this three day operation. All truck traffic associated with this work will be carefully controlled and pedestrians will be directed safely around any work sites.

Access to the buildings will be maintained at all times, however access to FH Green Library and Main Hall may at times be less convenient than usual.

Thank you for your patience during this final stage of this project. Any questions, please contact Hal Dean at 610‑436‑2519.

Contact Information: Hal Dean x2519
Shuttle buses will run a modified schedule for the Labor Day weekend: Sunday service will be 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. (every 20 minutes); Monday service will be 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (every 20 minutes) and 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. (every 10 minutes). See the Shuttle Bus website for more information on shuttle times and routes.

Contact Information: Facilities Bus Transportation, 610‑436‑1053 or 610‑436‑2442.
The new grass areas of the Academic Quad will be fenced off for approximately two weeks (ending around 9/8/2014, if all goes well) in order to encourage the strong and sustained growth of the new sod. Daily watering of this sod will occur via a new sprinkler system installed in the "Great Lawn", and manual sprinklers will be set up outside of this central grass area. Student and Faculty are encouraged to stay off of these fenced off areas until such time that the barriers are removed.

New large scale heirloom White Oak trees will be planted in the three (3) landscape areas surrounding the "Great Lawn" on August 28th, 29th and 30th. Additional landscaping in these beds, surrounding these large scale trees, will be planted on Sept 4th, 5th and 6th immediately following the Student Involvement Fair on Sept 3rd.

The Facilities Division is thanking everyone in advance for their participation in the success of this project.

Contact Information: Tom Clark Director, Facilities Planning
The University is continuing to make progress in building a campus wide geo-exchange system. Over the next seven months, 187 more geothermal wells will be drilled in the lower portion of Sykes Parking Lot (K Lot). Temporary fencing has been erected in the parking lot to allow space for the first part of the well drilling operations. Please refer to this graphic for an overview of the restricted area.

To help alleviate the loss of parking space (82 total spaces), alternate nearby parking is available at the north campus tennis courts, the gravel lot adjacent to Wayne Hall, and behind Matlack Parking Structure, adjacent to Matlack Field . These alternate areas (124 total spaces) are identified on this graphic.

Please know that, throughout each phase of the project, every effort will be made to minimize the parking taken off line and contractor interference with traffic or pedestrian flow. Prior to each project phase, notifications of parking changes will be issued.

Contact Information: John Lattanze at 610‑436‑2713, jlattanze @ wcupa.edu or Greg Cuprak at 610‑436‑3200, gcuprak @ wcupa.edu.
Sykes K-Lot 3A/3B Well Drilling Project Update: On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, WCU Facilities Management conducted a Neighbor's Meeting at the Sykes Student Union Building to introduce and describe the Sykes K-Lot 3A/3B well drilling project to residents living adjacent to or nearby the wellfield site. In response to comments and suggestions made during this meeting, WCU has posted a copy of the project's drawing package on its website for general review. at Geothermal Amended DGS 414-69 Documents. Neighbors and other interested parties are welcome to review the drawings and contact the university with any questions and/or comments.

Notification of the project's starting date will be posted as soon as the information is confirmed by the contractor. Also, notifications of future events and milestones will be posted as the project progresses.

Contact Information:
Project Manager: John Lattanze, 610‑436‑2713, jlattanze@wcupa.edu
Executive Director of Facilities Management: Greg Cuprak, 610‑436‑3200, gcuprak@wcupa.edu