Heating issues in Ross Hall

Nate Hanninen

The recent frigid tem­per­a­tures hit­ting the Duluth/Superior area are forc­ing the some res­i­dents of the UWS Cam­pus to bun­dle up as they head into their respec­tive build­ings. The jour­ney to class is a lit­tle harder for those liv­ing in Ross hall.

Over the last few weeks, Ross hall has been under­go­ing major ren­o­va­tions as part of the over­all ren­o­va­tion of the UW-S cam­pus.  That includes spe­cific projects for each of the build­ings on cam­pus, Ross and Hawkes being cur­rently the two major ones.

Ross is part of a spe­cific ini­tia­tive in asso­ci­a­tion with its sis­ter build­ing Hawkes hall as a way to update the build­ings infra­struc­ture as well as incor­po­rate new tech­nolo­gies to help the res­i­dents of the hall live with com­fort and secu­rity as well as acces­si­bil­ity through­out sec­tions of the building.

Included in the ren­o­va­tions of Ross is the revamp­ing of its cur­rent sys­tem that is dated to the 1960s. This sys­tem is part of a larger sys­tem of heat­ing that incor­po­rates the entire UW-S cam­pus of steam exchange that pro­vides heat to every build­ing on cam­pus. How­ever some stu­dents have had issues of a lack of heat in their dor­mi­tory and this may be due to other under­ly­ing fac­tors included in the Ross ren­o­va­tion project.

Those fac­tors include things like the insu­la­tion of win­dows or even the indi­vid­ual pipes that pro­vide the heat sim­ply have a block­age of air that pre­vents the steam from get­ting to where it needs to go.

Dusty John­son of Facil­i­ties man­age­ment spoke of only one major issue related to heat­ing occur­ring a few weeks ago and said that any fur­ther issues were related to those other under­ly­ing fac­tors related to insu­la­tion or room-specific problems.

Stu­dents who are still expe­ri­enc­ing a lack of heat or any other major tech­ni­cal issue in their rooms are encour­aged to call Res­i­dence Life at 715–394-8438 or con­tact  UWS Facil­i­ties Man­age­ment  at 715–394-8120.

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