Have questions regarding the steam system shutdown?
To ensure the operational excellence of Argonne’s facilities, the laboratory’s steam system will be shut down from Aug. 23 until Sept. 9, 2019. As Infrastructure Services staff plans for the shutdown, they are requesting input from employees and site occupants. Please take a moment to think about how you are planning for the shutdown and submit any questions or concerns to email@example.com. New FAQs will be added below.
Q. Why is the steam plant important to Argonne?
A. The steam plant provides steam to Argonne year-round. Steam provides humidity control, hot water and heat.
Q. How long will the shutdown last?
A.The shutdown will start at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, and last until 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 6, 2019. Full site steam will be available starting Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.
Q. What work is being performed during this outage?
A. Critical maintenance and repairs to the steam distribution system to maintain reliability of the steam service.
Q. Will my building be affected?
A. Twenty eight buildings are impacted: 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 211, 212, 213, 221, 222, 223, 241, 242, 302, 306, 308, 309, 315, 350, 360, 362, 363, 364, 370, 371.
Q.When was the last time the steam was shut down to the site?
Q. What if I still have questions?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your building manager.
Q. Who is performing this work?
A. The Utilities and Maintenance departments in the Facilities division with oversight from the Project Management Organization. Both are subsets of the Infrastructure Services directorate.
Q. Can I telecommute during the shutdown?
A. Telecommuting may be a viable alternative during the shutdown, but must be approved by your supervisor or division management.
Q. Will the cafeteria be affected?
A. Bathrooms in Building 213 will not have hot water. Sodexo staff will have an electric hot water heater for food preparation use.
Q. Is there a plan to detect and correct any Legionella spp contamination in the domestic cold/hot water systems following the outage?
A. The steam shutdown will shut off the steam that provides the heat, but it does not shut off the water that goes to the fixtures. The domestic hot water will still be used at sinks that have automatic mixing valves and will be cycled during the shutdown. Although the water will not be heated, because both hot and cold systems will still be in use, water will not stagnate, therefore alleviating any concerns regarding bacterial growth during that time.