University of Michigan Utilities and Plant Engineering (UPE), Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and Risk Management have reviewed the current operations and equipment for the cooling towers on the 1600 campus and are developing a long term plan to mitigate the cooling tower over spray issues. The permanent solution will require the cooling towers to be taken off-line for inspection and modification as necessary, thus this must be performed after the cooling season is over, or at least when the cooling loads are much lower than what they are now.
In the interim, UPE staff are reviewing the operation of towers daily for any over spray issues and the operations of the building cooling systems have been adjusted to utilize more of the cooling capacity from the 2800 campus, thus reducing the demand on the 1600 cooling towers. This plan will continue to be reviewed based on the daily cooling demand, which currently is very high due to the high heat indexes.
Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26th, lot NC86 will be closed until October 1st. During the closure lot NC85 will convert back to yellow permit parking.