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In Spartan Service to MSU: January 2014

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April 28, 2014

IPF strives to be the most high-performing, innovative, leading-edge facilities organization in the nation, with a focus on quality, customer satisfaction and value in all we do. The “In Spartan Service” feature highlights IPF’s commitment to the MSU community. This special edition looks at IPF’s response to the severe winter weather emergencies that hit campus in recent weeks.

MSU's campus was hit by an ice storm in late December and a snowstorm in early January that was followed immediately by dangerous sub-zero temperatures. Due to the severe weather and bitter temperatures, MSU closed its campus for two days. The weather did not deter Team IPF, though, as it worked to clear campus of the snow and ice. IPF's winter -weather professionals provide comprehensive snow and ice management to keep campus clear and safe. Watch the video "Wrangling winter" for a look at IPF's work throughout the season.

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Team IPF works to keep critical functions running during shutdown

January’s wicked winter storm forced Michigan State University to suspend classes and business operations for only the fifth time in its history. Various IPF crews were on-hand throughout the two-day closure maintaining critical functions and preparing campus for the return to normal operations. Check out the video above showcasing IPF’s efforts during the recent weather events and their aftermath.

IPF removes snow mountains from campus

IPF crews hauled approximately 5,500 cubic yards of snow from parking lots and intersections to the former Michigan State Police post property on Harrison Road. IPF serves 538 buildings, more than 2,000 acres of park space, more than 107 miles of pathways, more than 69 lane-miles of roadways and approximately 24,100 parking spaces, no matter the weather conditions. Removing the snow made travel on campus easier for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and it also prevented melting snow from contributing to potential flooding issues. In addition, IPF crews shoveled by hand many sidewalks closest to campus buildings, approximately 370 building entrances and more than 80 loading dock areas. Crews not only removed snow and ice from roads and walkways, but also from building roofs to prevent it from falling unexpectedly and to keep air vents open.

Higher temperatures, rain bring new challenges

Following the heavy snowfall and bitter temperatures, Michigan experienced a minor warm-up and rainfall. IPF had crews in place during the rainy weekend to perform on-site building checks and to respond to any rain or flooding issues. IPF crews monitored building alarm systems and watched the Red Cedar River for both higher-than-normal water levels and potential ice jams, blockages that could have caused damage to campus bridges and flooding on campus.