A standard operating procedure (SOP) has been established for systematically managing steam serving specific buildings on a seasonal basis. This process has substantially reduced thermal comfort complaints by minimizing overheating in late spring. Certain building spaces have had issues due to radiant heat emanating from active steam lines within the building footprint. The whole building (or a space within a building) may not be calling for heat, but the steam piping is still active up to the main control valve. The specific list of buildings include: Chapman, Collier House, Condon, Deady, Esslinger, Friendly, Gerlinger, Hendricks, Lokey Education (east), Lokey Education (west), Music (radiators only), Mac Court (radiators only), Susan Campbell, and Villard.
As springtime temperatures moderate, Mechanical Shop personnel systematically turn the steam off to each building when the nighttime outside air temperature is above 50 degrees for five (5) consecutive nights AND the daytime temperature is above 70 degrees for five (5) consecutive days.
Conversely, as fall temperatures get cooler, steam will be turned on to each building when the nighttime outside air temperature is below 50 degrees for five (5) consecutive nights AND the daytime temperature is below 70 degrees for five (5) consecutive days.
Contact: Work Control Center 541-346-2319