Facility Update 10-11-18

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Posted by: Joel Dinkin

Dear Friends,

As we continue our recovery from Hurricane Harvey, I wanted to provide you with a number of important facility updates regarding ongoing renovations and repairs that are not related to flood damage.

Flood Mitigation
I know that everyone is well aware that the lower level flooded, and it required that we replace our entire central plant. We have been concerned about our ability to mitigate against further flood damage. In the next few weeks, we will remove the blue ornamental fence directly in front of the J, and we will be increasing the height of the cement wall that is currently under the fencing, as well as adding flood gates near the stairs to prevent the flow of water into the first floor. We received a grant for this very important mitigation initiative and will keep you informed regarding the timing of the work schedule and how it will impact the entry/exit into the main lobby, Kaplan Theatre and lower level.

Central Plant & Building Temperature Control
In the next few weeks, we will be adding a second boiler and controls that will enable us to continue to improve air temperature throughout the J and particularly in the lower level. Both boilers were destroyed in the flooding, and operating on one boiler has limited our ability to heat and cool water which impacts inside air temperature.

Fitness Center Roof & Men’s Health Center
The Fitness Center roof will be replaced in the next 30 days, and we appreciate everyone's understanding as we experience an occasional roof leak. The boiler for the Men's Steam Room was replaced and is working.

Furniture and Flooring
Most of our new furniture for the lower level and meeting spaces has also arrived as we complete refurnishing the J. The new floor in the Café, lobby and adjacent board room was installed over the last few weeks.

Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to improve and update your J to ensure your comfort.

Feel free to call or email me at if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks again for your continued support and cooperation.

Joel Dinkin
Chief Executive Officer


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