Planning for Protection: University & College Construction Projects
Renovation, restoration and reroofing projects at institutions such as universities and colleges present a unique set of challenges. Campuses have a wide variety of buildings, each having a distinct function. Many of these facilities are aging and require extensive ongoing improvements and maintenance. From arenas and field houses to laboratories and libraries, there are a myriad of potential issues to consider when planning for construction.
One of those key issues is how to protect assets, investments and most importantly, people. While the interior protection industry is not yet well known in the institutional sector, dust and debris containment providers have solutions to offer in the way of ensuring that construction projects do not impede or compromise a campus environment.
If you are planning renovations or reroofing at an institution, here are three questions to help determine whether interior protection can assist in making your project a success:
- Will the work area need to be fully functional throughout the construction timeline?
- Does the work area contain valuable items or assets?
- Do people need to be able to access the work area safely?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then it is likely an interior protection provider can help. Here are four ways that installing temporary walls or suspended cover to isolate the construction zone can be beneficial:
- Avoid potential damage to existing structures or valuable assets. With a professionally installed containment solution, the fully sealed wall or suspended cover will collect any dust and debris, preventing it from spreading outside the construction area. Examples: Reroofing or renovation in laboratories, libraries, archives and sports facilities.
- Allow people to access areas safely. Containment can help create pathways and provide directional structure for employees and students. Safety is critical on campuses. Temporary barriers not only prevent people from encountering debris, but also restricts them to the areas that are safe to access. Examples: Renovations near hallways, in classroom buildings or sporting and events facilities.
- Limit ongoing clean up. Rather than having to cover valuables and keep cleaning throughout the project, interior protection limits the maintenance requirements by capturing the dirt until the project is complete. Example: Reroofing in public areas, offices or over technical equipment.
- Maintain a professional appearance. There is no end to the visitors, alumni and potential students that come onto an institution’s campus. Dust and debris containment can provide the professional clean look that every institution values. Example: High traffic and public areas.
Whether an institution is renovating or reroofing, interior protection is a viable and readily available option to consider.