Shops and Services
The Electronic Maintenance (ELOM) Shop continues to monitor facilities throughout the Texas Tech University System to ensure quality and efficiency for the university. They also have taken on the task of maintaining and servicing the chilled water and condensate meters on all auxiliary facilities so that the Physical Plant can bill customers for actual utility usage, instead of billing per square foot as was done in the past. Zone-outs and fire alarms are some of the other duties that fall under the ELOM umbrella.
The HVAC Section continues to work very hard towards Energy Committed Goals. Every year for the past 11 years, the HVAC Section has helped reduce the yearly energy consumption usage by the campus. The goals are met by using different techniques to help control the environment in classrooms and office spaces. During warm weather when the steam is turned off for the season, we minimize the use of chilled water and use the outside air to help maintain a comfortable atmosphere. We do this again during the winter by using the outside air to lower the amount of chilled water usage. Because of this, the HVAC Section has helped Texas Tech University be established as one of the “Top Energy-Saving Campuses in APPA.”
The HVAC Shop consists of the Refrigeration Shop and Environmental Systems Maintenance Shop. The refrigeration side of the HVAC Shop provides support and service to the various commercial and industrial refrigeration systems throughout the university and Reese Center. The Systems Maintenance Shop works on facilities renovations and provides supplemental cooling/heating so customers see no interruption in classrooms or office spaces during construction.
In addition to providing support to the other shops within the Physical Plant, the Insulation Shop provides support to Housing, Hospitality Services, Facilities Planning & Construction, and Engineering Services to help identify asbestos material and take the lead in abatement projects. They also continue the removal of floor tiles in older buildings in order to make the areas asbestos-free environments.
The Electric Shop experienced a relatively heavy workload last year, with more than 68 percent of assignments dedicated to projects and service calls from university departments. The shop continued to upgrade exterior lighting throughout the campus, as well as upgrading interior lighting in numerous facilities on and off-campus. The Electric Shop also provides support to Carol of Lights and continues to upgrade the existing lights with more energy-efficient L.E.D. lights. The Electric Shop is proud to provide service and support to this grand tradition.
The Plumbing Shop continues to perform and support university projects, and responds to a large number of service calls throughout the university. As with the other shops, the Plumbing Shop has other responsibilities in addition to normal work assignments. Some of these additional responsibilities are backflow prevention devices, fire pumps and sprinkler systems, domestic water booster pumps, municipal-type water and sewer main systems, and natural gas transmission lines, metering, and regulation. This shop also supports numerous renovation and maintenance projects.
In the past year, the Plumbing Shop has been instrumental in the renovations of the Maedgen Theatre, Jerry S. Rawls Business Administration Building, the Aquatic Center, the School of Law, and numerous housing facilities throughout the campus.
The Plumbing Shop continues to strive to keep up with the workload and provide numerous after-hour services for all departments on and off the main university campus.
The Steam Shop provides support and customer service in the maintenance of heating and fluid recovery systems. The shop continues to improve the Preventive Maintenance Program, with the primary goal of enhancing the reliability of university steam-operated equipment. This shop continues to be the main support for pipe replacement in the HVAC Section.
The identification, repair, and replacement of old valves and expansion joints continued through the fiscal year with outstanding progress noted. The project continues to reduce or significantly limit the number of emergency shutdowns and enables the shop to focus on the maintenance of existing systems to maintain this reliability.
The shop continues to identify and replace old and corroded heat exchangers to ensure optimum efficiency of the university's heating systems. The shop also continues to locate and repair condensate leaks throughout university facilities. This work ensures the systems are operating efficiently.
The replacement of old condensate pump sets with more energy-efficient pressure power pumps — which use steam pressure instead of electric motors for the return of condensate — eliminated some preventive maintenance requirements and maintenance work orders.
This year, the Steam Shop performed major upgrades and preventive maintenance on the hot water systems' tube bundles before and after the cold weather season. During this time, all repairs and replacements were done on the tube bundles. The system had to be flushed out and some major repairs were performed at the Stangle Residence Hall and the Student Recreation Center. New steam lines had to be added to the New Deal feedlot, and the Steam Shop also assisted with the renovation of the Experimental Science Building's’ new steam supply to the west end of the building. The steam system is in better condition now than it has been in several years.
The Cabinet Shop is one of the specialty shops that is self-contained. This shop custom builds cabinetry throughout the campus with very professional results. With such a small staff, this shop experiences a heavy workload, yet completes projects on time. Their work is outstanding and comes under budget on the majority of projects.
Outside of major projects, the shop continues to keep up with shop workloads on maintenance and numerous trade work orders as well.
The Cabinet Shop is customer-oriented and requires extensive interaction with customers to achieve the product each customer requests. Overall this year, the Cabinet Shop’s accomplishments have been excellent — with the highest quality of standards and a high rate of excellent customer satisfaction.
Carpenter/General Maintenance Shop
The Carpenter Shop coordinates major renovations, carpet projects, and roof repairs/replacement for Texas Tech University. The shop also provides support to other BMC shops as needed to ensure projects, maintenance, and service work orders are completed.
This year, the shop provided outstanding service toward completing several projects in Drane Hall, including the renovation of Drane Hall Suite 164 for the University Studies Department's move from University College, and Rooms 210 and 212 in the Administration Building for the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and the Office of Risk Management. The Carpenter Shop also completed some roof repairs and replacements.
The Carpenter Shop continues to provide prompt quality service and maintenance to the campus community in addition to their projects. The diversity of the shop in all facets of the construction trade has proven to be a great asset to Texas Tech.
The Lock Shop completed numerous major projects providing electronic locks, lock cylinders, and keys in support of projects under the direction of Facilities Planning & Construction.
The Lock Shop performs the following services:
- Departmental key request (no charge)
- Master key systems for each building (monitored by the Security Manager)
- PM exterior locks and panic devices to buildings
- Provides service for desk, filing cabinets, fire cabinets, elevators, and safe locks or keys
- Services, repairs, and installs electronic strikes, ADA openers, electronic panic devices, and locks
- Sets up locks cylinders for new, existing, and renovated buildings
The Lock Shop provides keys for the following campus services:
- Custodial Services
- Emergency Maintenance
- Environmental Health & Safety
- Mail Tech
- University Police Department
The Paint Shop provided support for several renovations, minor and major construction projects, and department relocation for this fiscal year.
The Paint Shop’s proficiency in painting walls and refinishing all types of woodwork is well known campus-wide, and brings continual praise for the work accomplished. This has been the most productive year for the Paint Shop.
The Sign Shop is located within the Cabinet Shop. Whether it is name tags, desk signs, or specialty signage for a department directory, this shop can handle customers' needs. This shop also installs glass frosting for buildings or office storefronts with the Texas Tech Seal or department's name etched on it. The shop has the capability to duplicate department insignias for signs or glass, and always furnishes a high-quality finished product.
Structural Maintenance and Repair Shop
The Structural Maintenance and Repair Shop (SMR) provides support in the structural repair of Education and General (E&G) facilities. One of the responsibilities of the shop is to maintain and repair fixed seating and inspect removable seating for the university's classrooms. The SMR Shop is responsible for performing maintenance and repairs at Jones AT&T Stadium during the football season, while also maintaining campus buildings. From re-lamping projects, small plumbing repairs, ceiling tile and glass replacements, and service repairs to facilities and tunnels, this diverse group and program is highly successful.
- Inspect elevators to applicable ASME A17.1 elevator code safety standards annually
- Conduct maintenance audits to insure that the elevators are properly maintained
- Conduct ADA audits on the elevators
- Recycle elevator oil (BMC has purchased a filter pump to clean hydraulic oil in the elevators)
- Eliminate callbacks
- Provide safe, maintained, and reliable elevators for Texas Tech University
- Review maintenance costs monthly
- BMC has written specifications to eliminate prioritized equipment; doing this will eliminate the need for additional elevator maintenance companies
- Estimating customer requested projects
- Estimating BMC projects
- Project oversight
- Special projects
- Responsible for inspection and testing of fire alarm systems on campus
- Inspection and testing of fire suppression systems (fire sprinklers) on campus
- Inspection tagging certification and replacement of fire extinguishers on campus
- Responsible for correction of deficiencies in fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems (with funds allowed for such deficiencies)
- Disabling alarm systems for repairs or service