Sanger Hall Update
December 4, 2013
To the VCU and VCU Health System Communities:
Restoration and recovery in Sanger Hall continues. The next two days will be critical to getting power fully restored in the building. Please note the following timelines and buildings that will be impacted by the upcoming work.
Wednesday evening, December 4
This evening, important work will begin to reconnect power to Sanger Phases I and II. To accomplish this, power will be shut-off to Nelson Clinic and the Children’s Pavilion between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday. Ambulatory Care Management will begin a sweep of Nelson Clinic and the Children’s Pavilion beginning at 5:30 p.m. to ensure that all patients, families, and VCU and VCU Health System personnel have exited the buildings in advance of the shutdown. Once the power has been turned off, elevators in Nelson Clinic and Children’s Pavilion will not be operational.
For Sanger Hall occupants, please work with your floor manager(s) to turn off/unplug any non-essential equipment (e.g., personal refrigerators, centrifuges, computers, printers, etc.) in Phases I and II to minimize stress on the circuits as they are brought back on line. Computers in Phase III should be powered down nightly.
It is important to note that all ultra-low freezers or other equipment that currently has power should not be impacted by the activities to reconnect power in Phases I and II. All ultra-low freezers should remain plugged in during this time.
Thursday morning, December 5
We anticipate that power will be fully restored by 6 a.m. Thursday. However, all Sanger Hall Phase I and II occupants should check VCU Alert (www.alert.vcu.edu) Thursday morning to confirm that those phases will be fully operational.
Building occupants in all phases should check ultra-low freezers first thing on Thursday to make sure that power has been maintained and that temperatures are holding at the appropriate levels.
Thursday evening, December 6
At 6 p.m., power will be cut to the elevators in Phase I of Sanger Hall while the facilities management team looks to bring Phase III elevators on line. Building occupants should expect that there will be no operational elevators from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.
In addition to these events, it is important that all Sanger Hall occupants understand that although the fire alarms are working in the building, disruptions in power may impact the sprinkler system. As a result, building occupants must evacuate immediately if the fire alarm is sounded.
Finally, it is possible that the loading dock for Sanger Hall may remain closed until December 15. Building occupants should direct any expected deliveries to the loading dock of the Molecular Medicine Research Building or delay delivery until after the 15th.
We will continue to provide updates on the recovery effort as new developments become available.
Sheldon Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Frank Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Jerome Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Crime alert off campus
On December 3, 2013 at approximately 6:58 PM, an off campus strong armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police as having occurred in the area of 1600 block of Idlewood Ave. The Richmond Police Department is handling the investigation.
Five to six black male juveniles all wearing all dark clothing. All suspects were last seen fleeing the area south and east from the scene.
Sanger Hall Update
Crime Alert follow up - attempted abduction unfounded
To the VCU and VCU Health System communities:
Last night, VCU Police issued a crime alert based on a report of an attempted abduction in the 300 block of Hancock Street. The crime alert was issued based on information that was provided by the victim. The information was distributed for the safety of VCU community.
After extensive investigation, which included interviews, analysis of electronic data and review of video footage from multiple cameras in the vicinity, the VCU Police Department is carrying this incident as “unfounded," which is defined as “the investigation conclusively proved that the action or acts complained of did not occur.” The information that was reported by the victim to the VCU Police Department was false.
At no point in time was any member of the VCU community in danger. This follow-up to the crime alert is to help relieve the fear the alert produced.
VCU Police encourage all members of the community to always use good judgment and maintain good safety habits as the semester comes to a close. For more information on ways to stay safe in our urban environment, please visit www.police.vcu.edu and call us at 804-828-1234 if you ever see someone or something suspicious.
It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.
The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and to share this information with other members of the community.
VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.