Steam Repairs a Success

Central Plant Steam Shutdown – 10/18/12

Thursday’s Central Utility Plant shutdown to make necessary repairs to the main steam header was a success.  Not only did we accomplish the primary task but Rowan Facilities, in conjunction with our standby service contractors, completed seven (7) other steam repairs on campus:  Westby Hall, Student Center, Wilson Hall, Magnolia Hall, and three (3) steam pits throughout campus.  Today’s repairs will improve campus safety and reduce our energy costs going into the Winter months and beyond.

The Division of Facilities & Operations thanks the Rowan community for their patience.  

Cliff Clark and Jules Harrison

Cliff Clark and Jules Harrison take advantage of the outage to replace our boiler feedwater flow station in the Central Plant.


Safety First

Safety 1st… A safety tripod at Steam Pit C along Rt. 322 where an underground 8” steam valve was replaced Thursday.


Thank you,

Facilities and Operations

Progress on the Team House Addition continues…
These photos include renderings of what the building will eventually look like and photographs of the current actual stage of construction.

Photos of the student-designed 9/11 monument in Memorial Circle.

Rowan Remembers 9/11

On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Rowan University dedicated a 9/11 Memorial located on Memorial Circle in remembrance of those lost, including two Rowan alumni. Members of the campus community, as well as representatives from the Glassboro Fire Department, Gloucester County EMS and local businesses, joined Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand and the memorial’s designer, junior civil engineering student Patick Lynch, for the dedication.   

The ceremony included a keynote address by Assistant Vice President of Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management Michael Kantner, the lowering of flags to half-mast by the Rowan ROTC Color Guard and the playing of “Taps” by Music Professors Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and George Rabbai. The ceremony concluded with the placing of white carnations on the memorial. 

The 50- by 70-foot monument features pentagon- and square-shaped planter beds to signify the tragedies at the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers. The square planters contain flagpoles, while the pentagon planter holds a symbolic Callery pear tree. Called the “Survivor Tree,” a lifeless and blackened Callery pear tree was found among the ground zero rubble and nursed back to health in a Bronx, N.Y., park. Today, more than four times its size in 2001, that same tree stands in Memorial Plaza in Manhattan.

Last year, Houshmand approached engineering faculty and students with the challenge of designing a 9/11 memorial. Lynch jumped at the opportunity.

9/11 Memorial - ROTCCaptain Michael Zolnowski, a coordinator 
of the Rowan University ROTC program, 
salutes the American flag during the Pledge 
of Allegiance at Rowan’s 9/11 Memorial Dedication on Sept. 11, 2012.

"My design somewhat mirrors the World Trade Center memorial in New York," said Lynch. "And I wanted it to include some kind of overall symbol. That’s why the pavers are laid out as a unity ribbon."

Lynch not only worked to develop the concept and design, he also worked with the Division of University Advancement to raise funds.

"It was good for people to hear a student’s voice," Lynch said. "I was able to explain the project and they could hear my passion for it."

The 9/11 Memorial was funded through senior class gifts from the Classes of 2009 and 2012, as well as 154 gifts and pledges to the Rowan University Foundation from friends and family of the Class of 2012. The project also received major in-kind donations from several South Jersey companies.  

"This project is an example of what a motivated, hard-working, dedicated Rowan student can achieve," said Ed Thompson, director of Facilities Landscape Management, who assisted Lynch in the development of the memorial.  

The new monument is the second Sept. 11 memorial on campus. In 2002, the University planted and dedicated an oak tree in remembrance of Rowan alumni Daphne Pouletsos, Class of 1976, and Lance Tumulty, Class of 1992, who both lost their lives in the attacks. 
9/11 Memorial - PatrickPatrick Lynch, a Rowan junior civil engineering student, explains the history and meaning of the new 9/11 Memorial to Rowan faculty, staff and students, local emergency responders and representatives from area businesses at the monument’s dedication ceremony on Sept. 11. Lynch, with the help of Rowan students and staff members, designed, raised funds and installed the monument located on Memorial Circle.
Energy Curtailment - A Successful Test

Rowan participates in a Demand Response program that pays Rowan for our ability to shed electric load when called upon.  In fiscal year 2013, Rowan has guaranteed the ability to reduce our incoming power supply by 500 kW (kilo-Watts) at critical power demand times in exchange for $20,000 per year.

The money received through this initiative is reinvested in energy saving measures that allow the University to increase our participation in the future.  Last week, on August 2, Rowan was put to the test and we decreased our load by more than 700 kW during a one hour event (12:00 noon thru 1:00 pm).  The Division of Facilities & Operations would like the thank the University community for their cooperation in this initiative.

To learn more about the curtailment program, contact Kyle Gandy at

Team House Update: Steel starts to take shape…

Team House Update: Steel starts to take shape…

Some pictures from our work with Atlantic City Electic…

University departments aid in power restoration efforts…

In the overnight hours of June 30, 2012 southern New Jersey was ravaged by destructive wind and thunderstorms that resulted in at least two deaths, hundreds of downed trees and thousands of Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem County residents without power.  As Atlantic City Electric was beginning restoration efforts, the University was contacted as a potential host site for visiting line crews and tree trimmers brought in from around the country to clean up and restore power after the storm.

With less than an hour of notice, the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Conference & Event Services mobilized to provide housing for over 250 people in the University’s Triad and Rowan Blvd. apartment complexes.  The CES staff worked with Atlantic City electric to deliver linens and other supplies to the workers and to make Rowan a home away from him for them throughout their stay.  The crews stayed through Monday, July 9.

Facilities & Operations Welcomes a New Vice President

On June 25, 2012 Donald Moore joined the Rowan University family. He will serve as the Vice President of Facilities & Operations.

In his most recent position, Associate Vice President for Operations at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Donald was responsible for navigating the school through the implementation of its $1.4 billion master plan and the largest building campaign in its history while simultaneously overseeing plant operations and procurement activities.

Donald holds a B.S. in construction, with a focus on real estate development and business management, from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and an M.B.A. from Stockton.  He has close to three decades of experience working in the public and private sectors, and he is a member of the Society for College and University Planners and the Association of Physical Plant Administrators. 

Donald has a stellar track record, and we look forward to working with him as he joins us during these exciting times.