"Facilities and Campus Services" Archive

Reynolda Road crossing to enhance pedestrian safety

Construction is underway on a new Reynolda Road crossing, with expectations to wrap up at the end of August. A crosswalk Cyclist and pedestrians used crosswalk on Reynolda Roadand 10-foot wide landscaped median will be installed just north of Graylyn Court, which serves as an entry to both the Graylyn Estate and Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The median will provide pedestrian refuge and a dedicated left-turn lane onto the Reynolda House grounds. It will be mirrored by a second median, forming a left turn lane toward Graylyn. The crossing will connect users to wide gravel paths on either side of the road, leading to the local landmarks. Two solar-powered rapid flash beacons will use thermal detection and manual push buttons to alert drivers and cyclists to pedestrian crossings.

The Reynolda Road crossing is the latest in a series of safety improvements resulting from recommendations in the 2014 Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transit study. Guided by a stakeholder advisory group with representation from Wake Forest, the community and government entities, the report included infrastructure and policy recommendations to improve active transportation and transit choices between the Reynolda Campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

Neighbors and community stakeholders were invited to provide additional feedback about the Reynolda Road project last fall.  “Stakeholder engagement is important to clearly understand the community’s support for the initiative and to learn from the end-users’ observations and experiences to improve the proposed design solutions,” said Rosalba Ledezma, senior advisor for facilities and campus services. “Support for the project and appreciation for the initiative to improve pedestrian safety were the clear messages received.”

The Polo Road pedestrian crossing zone is another safety improvement to come out of the advisory group’s 2014 report. Read more about Reynolda Road safety improvements on the Office of Sustainability website.Overhead view of Reynolda Road crossing


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Carroll Weathers Drive resurfacing

Access to Carroll Weathers Drive will be limited to one lane while resurfacing takes place from the intersection of Wake Forest Rd. to Palmer-Piccolo on July 27 – 28.

Construction crews will begin working at 7 a.m. on July 27 and continue until 5 p.m. on July 28. Wake Forest Rd. will experience a temporary one-lane interruption as crews are working on the intersection, during which time, personnel will help safely direct traffic through paking lot W1.

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WFU to distribute masks in coordination with Mask the City initiative

The following message was emailed to faculty and staff on April 30 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

Mask the City is a community-wide effort announced on April 21 by Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines to provide access to cloth face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this area.

Wake Forest is supporting this initiative and will make two cloth masks available at no charge to each Wake Forest faculty and staff member, as well as to each student who is continuing to reside in on-campus housing this semester.  City leaders are encouraging residents to wear the masks and continue social distancing through May 31.

Employees who are currently working on campus in Facilities & Campus Services and University Police will receive masks directly from their supervisors. Students currently living on campus will receive masks directly from the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

For Wake Forest employees who are currently working remotely, masks will be available for pick up Tuesday (May 5) and Wednesday (May 6) from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the LJVM Coliseum Box Office. The masks are washable. Employees will need to show their Wake Forest IDs to pick up masks.

The pick-up process for employees:

Employees should enter the LJVM Coliseum parking lot via Deacon Boulevard (see map).  The box office is located outside of the Coliseum, at the front of the main lobby.  Lines will be set up to maintain social distancing.  Please have your Wake Forest ID (DeaconOne Card) with you and ready to show at the ticket window.  A team member will check your name off the list and provide your masks after seeing your Wake Forest ID.

All Wake Forest employees are encouraged to wear masks while in public spaces and any employees on campus are expected to wear masks. Wearing a mask does not replace other preventative measures like staying at home, washing hands and staying six feet away from others.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) currently recommends that everyone wear a mask while in public. The CDC advises that the use of simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and prevent people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face masks are not intended to replace personal protective equipment (PPE) – including surgical masks or N95 respirators. Employees who have been issued PPE and trained on the appropriate use should continue to use those masks according to the protocols for their job duties.

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Annual temperature setback program begins Dec. 20

winter A message from Facilities & Campus Services

In an effort to conserve energy over the winter holiday period, Wake Forest Facilities & Campus Services will be implementing the annual temperature setback program for academic and administrative buildings starting Friday, Dec. 20 and ending Monday, Dec. 30. The setback program will maintain building temperatures at no less than 55°F during the holiday period.

A similar program is being conducted in the unoccupied areas of residence halls.

The temperature setback generates significant savings through reduced energy consumption. Over the last 10 years, the program reduced energy costs by $460,000.

Staff or faculty who intend to visit or work on campus during the holiday period are advised to wear appropriate clothing and consider bringing a light jacket or sweater to work.

Beginning at 2 a.m. on Dec. 30, the heating systems will gradually return the buildings to comfortable conditions. Buildings should be at 70°F by the time employees arrive at work. Facilities technicians will arrive early on that date to ensure building heating systems have reactivated as scheduled.

Departments that would like to request an exemption or have received exemptions in the past, please contact Doug Ecklund at ecklundr@nullwfu.edu as soon as possible.

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'From the Ground Up' showcased facilities staff and their contributions to campus

Housekeeping staff, arborists, turf crew members, locksmiths and carpenters were among the nearly 70 participants performing on Hearn Plaza in the original dance piece “From the Ground Up.” Performances were held on Oct. 3, 4 and 5.

Click here to download the program.

More than two-and-a-half years in the making, “From the Ground Up” was a collaboration between Wake Forest and Forklift Danceworks, a dance company based in Austin, Texas, whose mission is to use creative dance to build community. Cindy Gendrich, theatre professor and director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Performance and Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe); Christina Soriano, dance professor and associate provost for the arts and interdisciplinary programs at Wake Forest; and John Shenette, vice president, facilities and campus services, were the forces that helped move the project forward.

For more information and a video about the production, visit here.

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