Physical Plant


Campus Heating Policy

The Energy Department is responsible for maintaining and scheduling the heating systems on campus. The department shall have all heating systems working and ready to be initiated by Sept. 15 of each year.

When heating season is reached, areas will be scheduled as follows:

  • Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, classrooms will be scheduled for heating.
  • Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, office spaces will be scheduled for heating.
  • The Marvin Library shall be scheduled for heating, one hour prior to its posted opening and one hour after its posted closing.
  • Campus heating systems shall be scheduled off during college holidays. Prior to returning from Thanksgiving vacation, the systems will be brought back up at 12 p.m. the following Sunday. Those areas with events occurring shall be scheduled per the college’s Event Management System (EMS) or through a request to the Physical Plant.

Campus heating systems shall be set to maintain a setpoint of 68 degrees Fahrenheit in all occupied spaces. During unoccupied periods, outside air dampers shall be closed and the setpoint shall be 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures shall be measured at desktop level out of the way of any airflows. If a system is not able to satisfactorily maintain setpoint, space heaters will be allowed. All space heaters on campus must be approved by Physical Plant and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety due to safety considerations. Areas not normally occupied will be scheduled through EMS. If an event is not listed in EMS, contact the Physical Plant at least three business days prior to the event to schedule the heating systems.

If there are any problems or you witness energy being wasted on campus, please contact the Physical Plant at (518) 629-7356 or submit a work order online.