"Facilities and Campus Services" Archive

Reminder: Annual Central Heating Plant shutdown May 15-19

As a reminder, the Wake Forest University Central Heating Plant annual shutdown for maintenance and inspections will begin on Monday, May 15, at 3 p.m. through Friday, May 19.

The steam outage will disable building heating and domestic hot water systems campus-wide. Barring any delays, steam pressure will be back to normal by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • During the Central Heating Plant annual shutdown, online work order requests and telephone calls to extension x4255 will not be answered after 4:30 p.m.
  • If an urgent but non-emergency matter occurs between 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. this week, contact the University Police dispatch at extension x5591.
  • In the event of an emergency, dial x5911 (336.758.5911 if off campus) to reach the University Police emergency line.

Please contact Jimmy Nifong at 336.758.3332 with any questions related to the shutdown.

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Construction work to begin near Bostwick and Johnson residence halls

Utility work will begin this week between Bostwick and Johnson Residence Halls, weather permitting. Construction fencing will be installed that will partially block pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk between Bostwick and Johnson heading from the Gulley Dr./Manchester Plaza area toward Collins Residence Hall. Pedestrians will have access to the sidewalks going directly to each building as well as the set of steps leading to Collins on the Johnson side of the courtyard.

The utility work is expected to continue through December. This project is the first step leading into the full renovation of Bostwick and Johnson Halls, which is scheduled to begin in January 2022. The current residents of Bostwick and Johnson will be relocated to the newly renovated Luter Hall prior to the start of renovations on Bostwick and Johnson.

proposed landscape plan

Landscaping plan

The exterior improvements to Bostwick and Johnson necessitate the removal of some aging trees, but the new landscaping plans include the replanting of the trees in a near 2:1 ratio.

For questions or concerns, contact Facilities and Campus services at 336-758-4255.

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Wake Forest hires SmithGroup for campus space utilization study

Wake Forest University has hired the SmithGroup to complete a campus space utilization study beginning in October and continuing through April 2022. The study will bring into focus the diverse and evolving space and facilities needs of the campus today and for the future. When completed, the study will take into account lessons learned during COVID-19, forecasted future trends for academic work and the administrative functions needed to support it. Wake Forest hopes to identify opportunities to leverage and optimize use of the University’s real estate portfolio in service to the University’s academic mission.

“Careful and thoughtful campus space planning work is critical to positioning Wake Forest for the future,” said President Susan R. Wente. “The SmithGroup is known for its in-depth approach to analyzing space utilization and truly understanding campus needs in order to identify planning priorities and projects with the greatest potential for impact. I am confident they will lead this important process effectively for us.”

Guided by a steering committee of campus academic and administrative leaders, the study will prioritize the infrastructure in which the academic and residential experience takes place. As a member of the steering committee, Dean Michele Gillespie will provide leadership and engagement with the SmithGroup to ensure faculty voices and departmental needs of the College are communicated during the process. The committee will work with the SmithGroup to identify current and future solutions for ensuring that Wake Forest is equipped to offer exceptional academic experiences across all areas of study.

The SmithGroup will deliver a detailed space utilization strategy to assist the University in responding to its unique capacity and utilization challenges and opportunities on the Reynolda campus as well as off-campus University properties. The utilization study will identify investment, innovation and opportunity areas to ensure support for the University’s educational mission and continued investment in excellent academic, residential, research and athletic facilities that support a vibrant collegiate experience. Additional goals for this project include:

  • Addressing the need for additional instructional space, academic offices and support service space on Reynolda campus;
  • developing strategies to expand existing dining venue seating and assessing the need for a new dining facility;
  • identifying potential academic and/or administrative uses for University-owned commercial properties;
  • assessing recently acquired real estate for its potential academic, administrative, student activities and recreational uses;
  • and assessing spaces currently under University lease for future use.

“The buildings and spaces where we teach, learn, work and live on this campus are a huge part of what makes Wake Forest so special,” Wente said. “We will continue to invest in all of our physical spaces – academic, residential, athletics and administrative – to ensure we are able to offer environments that inspire creativity, deep learning, thriving, success and community connection.”

More information and ongoing updates about the space utilization study will soon be available on the WFU facilities website.

Parking lot Q entrance from Allen Easley St. closed July 16-30

The following message is shared on behalf of Facilities and Campus Services.

Wake Forest University parking map showing the Allen Easley entrance and Carroll Weathers entrance to lot Q

The west entrance to parking lot Q from Allen Easley Street will be closed from Friday, July 16, through Friday, July 30, while the Scales Fine Arts Center roof is replaced. Lot Q will remain accessible from the north entrance at Carroll Weathers Drive.

Please contact Chris Looper at x4960 with any questions.

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Gulley Drive closed July 9

The following message is shared on behalf of Facilities and Campus Services.

Close-up screenshot of the Wake Forest University campus parking map, showing the location of Gulley Drive and parking lots E and G at either end of the road

A section of Gulley Drive will be closed to thru-traffic on Friday, July 9 between the entrance to parking lot G and the entrance to lot E. Both lots and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library loading drive will remain accessible.

The construction crew will assist any Wake Forest University staff or delivery vehicles that need to access buildings from Gulley Drive, but departing vehicles must drive down the opposite direction of Gulley to exit.

Construction equipment will be set up beside Luter Residence Hall; drivers and pedestrians should take care when navigating around this area.

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