EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Snow and Severe Weather ProceduresThe following is the procedure to cancel classes and close the administrative offices of the University. Certain functions (e.g.,research and clinical activities, residential housing facilities) require that the University never entirely close. On rare occasions,severe winter storms may necessitate that the University cancel classes and close many of its administrative offices. The closing ofthe Laboratory Schools will be authorized by the Director of the Laboratory Schools or designee.Procedure for Canceling Classes and Closing Offices1. The Executive Director of the University Police Department and the Associate Vice-President for Facilities Services (or designee of either) will confer with the EC if they believe that weather conditions make travel to or around the campus unsafe.2. If they believe taking action is appropriate, the Associate Vice-President for Facilities Services (or designee) will confer with the IC for authorization. If the IC is unavailable, the Associate Vice-President for Facilities Services will confer with other available members of the Policy Group (If no member of the Policy Group is available, the alternate EC may act using his/her best judgment3. Upon receipt of authorization, the Associate Vice-President for Facilities Services will in turn notify the following departments: 1. University Police Department; 2. Emergency Manager; 3. Provost’s Office; 4. Information Technology Services (to provide information on Web site); 5. Emergency Closing Center (to provide information to local media); 6. University Housing (to notify residents); 7. University Human Resources Management (to notify academic divisions and administrative offices); and 8. Residential Services.
ContactsFacilities Services Work Center 4-1414 24 hour per day, 7 days a weekLandscape Services Office 4-5218 Regular Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 6:30am – 3:00pmTransportation & Parking Office 2-8969 Regular Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pmFacilities Services Office 2-1700 Regular Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pmBuilding Services Office 4-1310 Regular Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pmCustodial (contractor) 2-0196 Regular Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm Supervisor - Home: (708) 672-2040 Cell: (773) 263-0531 Pager: (312) 933-7756
IntroductionBecause of the potential hazards to University students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the Snow and IceManagement Plan is part of The University of Chicago Emergency Management Plan. The goal of theSnow & Ice Management Plan is to ensure that the core functions of the University continue asscheduled, despite the occurrence of winter weather. In order to achieve this goal, management mustidentify essential personnel to ensure that snow and ice events are addressed as quickly as possible.Essential personnel are any employees who are vital to the operation of critical services and researchand whose presence is required regardless of the existence of an emergency condition.The responsibility of snow and ice control for the University of Chicago campus, including parking lots,passages in the main quad, sidewalks, loading docks, entryways and steps rests upon the FacilitiesServices Landscape Services Department, Residential Properties and Transportation & Parking Servicesand will be coordinated by Landscape Services Supervision. Therefore, all Landscape Services andcertain Residential Properties and Transportation & Parking Services employees are considered essentialpersonnel, and may be required to work as needed for snow and ice removal during the winter months.Currently, Landscape Services is made up of 2 Supervisors and 20 Grounds personnel. There arepresently 12 Building Maintenance Workers and 2 Parking Monitors involved in the general snow plan.Some limited snow removal responsibility will be performed by custodial staff at specified buildings.They will be contacted by Facilities Services in anticipation of a snow event that may require shovelingof steps and entryways. Residential Properties employees handle their building entrances and walkwaysand currently employ a contractor for their parking areas. The University of Chicago Medical Center isresponsible for snow and ice management for their properties.
Goal It is the goal Facilities Services to make all campus facilities safe and accessible as soon aspossible following a winter storm. Facilities Services will attempt to clear primary walkways,entrances, loading docks, parking lots and University streets of snow and ice within 24 hoursfollowing the completion of a snow or ice event. Secondary locations may take longer tocomplete.Snow and ice removal will be conducted in a systematic manner giving priority, whenpossible, to buildings where operations have been identified as essential.No two storms are identical, and such things as the rate and accumulation interval of snowfall,moisture content, temperature, time of day or night, wind direction and velocity, and durationof the event are all factors that interact to create unique aspects of each storm. For that reasonit may be necessary for the crews to reevaluate their approach and alter their specific responseto meet the needs of each storm as needed. This may include alterations to the order in whichthings are done, or changes in the number and/or assignment of employees.* NOTE: LANDSCAPE SERVICES EMPOYEES DO NOT PUSH, TOW, JUMP START OR OTHERWISE ASSIST VEHICLES THAT ARE STUCK IN THE SNOW.
ProceduresWeather forecasts will be reviewed on a daily basis during the winter season by the Director ofBuilding & Residential Services and Landscape Services Supervision. To the best of theirability and, given the information available at the time, a determination will be made as to theneed to schedule employees for snow and/or ice removal operations. A tentative plan will beapproved, when possible, prior to the end of the shift each day so that the affected personnelcan be notified of any changes to their schedule prior to leaving for the day. Regardless of theoutcome of this meeting, there is always the possibility that some or all personnel may becalled in to address the needs of the University.Weather conditions are unpredictable, and may change at any time so it is imperative, and theresponsibility of each individual employee, to provide Landscape Services Supervision with allcurrent and available contact information so that they may be notified in the event of a snow orice emergency. In the event of a lack in staffing or significant snowfall, Supervision and, insome cases additional Facilities Services employees, will be required to work in order tocomplete snow removal on a timely basis. Supervision will review the most current version ofthe snow plan with the members of the Service Crew each year prior to the anticipated start tothe winter season.Throughout the winter season it is the responsibility of each individual employee to update thisinformation or to provide Supervision with an alternative mode of contact should thoseavailable be invalid for any reason. This includes instances in which an employee may beaway from home for the evening, or will be otherwise unreachable with any of the modes ofcontact on file.In order to ensure that the university functions as normal, snow of 4” or more may require thatall available vehicles be employed to address the volume of snow to be moved. This willinclude the possibility of Supervisors working with the crew, expanded use of Transportation &Parking Services employees, and additional Facilities Services employees from other units.
Special Needs and Events CoverageAs a rule, Landscape Services will schedule snow and ice removal operations around the knownneeds of the University according to normal operating hours. Clients in buildings that arescheduling special events, or have specific needs will need to coordinate with Facilities Servicesfor after-hours or special needs coverage. This can be done by contacting the Facilities ServicesWork Center at 4-1414 during normal hours of operation, or on an emergency basis by calling theUniversity Police. Facilities Services will attempt to answer all calls to the best of their ability, butonly those events where specific parameters are established before-hand can be guaranteedcoverage. Other InformationAll known entrances, walkways, etc. have been included in specific snow removal routes, howeverplease be aware that during the course of a storm it takes the crews some time to cover the entirecampus. Customers who have special requests or wish to report difficulties should contact theFacilities Services Work Center at 4-1414. The Work Center will create a work order and contactLandscape Services Supervision with areas of concern. Please do not attempt to contact theLandscape Services Crew directly during the course of a storm, or during the clean-up thatimmediately follows. We are busy trying to address the needs of the campus as a whole, and areunable to take individual calls.
Loading Docks 1 Cummings Hall - west side of building. 2 Bookstore - loading dock and small lot behind building. 3 Hinds Geophysics Lab - small loading dock, west of the back steps. 4 Ingleside Hall - small loading dock for Post Office. 5 Administration Bldg. - small loading dock, off of Ellis Ave. 6 Eckhart Research Center - long drive and dock off of 57th St. (under construction) 7 Biological Science Learning Center (BSLC ) - loading dock, off of 57th St. 8 Crerar Library - loading dock, off of 57th St. 9 High Energy Physics (HEP) - in front of large overhead door on 56th St. and long drive in front of ground elevator.10 Ratner Center - loading dock, off of 56th St.11 Accelerator Bldg. - sunken loading dock, at the corner of 56th St. and Ellis Ave.12 Regenstein Library - long drive and sunken loading dock, off of 56th St.13 Court Theatre - sunken loading dock, off of Ellis Ave.14 Smart Museum - small loading dock off of 57th St.15 Crown Field House - small loading dock, off of 56th St.16 Pierce Hall - loading dock on east side, off of University Ave.17 Kent-Jones Halls - loading dock on back of building.18 Anatomy-Zoology Bldgs.- loading dock at service elevator.19 Mandel Hall - loading dock, off of University Ave.20 Oriental Institute - loading dock behind building.21 Robie House - small loading dock facing Woodward Ave.22 Lab School Belfield Hall - loading dock on northeast corner of the building.23 Booth School/Ida Noyes Hall - loading dock and parking area off of Kimbark Ave.24 Wieboldt Hall - loading dock off of 59th St.25 Burton-Judson Courts - sunken circular loading dock, off of Ellis Ave.26 Edelstone Bldg. - loading dock behind building, off of Ingleside Ave.27 Law School - dock on west side of building.28 Chapin Hall - small dock, off of the parking lot29 Orthogenics School - long dock at the east end of Chapin parking lot.30 Press Bldg. - long drive and dock, south of the building31 5720 Woodlawn - small driveway off of Woodlawn Ave.32 5710 Woodlawn - long driveway, off of Woodlawn Ave.33 5733 University - small gravel area, in back off of the alley34 5737 University - small paved area, in back off of the alley35 Logan Center - loading dock off Ingleside Ave.
Custodial AssistanceBUILDING PRIORITY SHIFT DAY TIME LOCATION 1 5am -1:30pmAdministration Bldg. 1st m-f East & West Entrances 3 11pm-7:30amBond Chapel 2nd 3 m-f 11pm -12:30am East EntranceCobb Hall 2nd 3 s - th 11pm -7:30am East & West EntrancesCulver Hall 2nd 1 m-f 10:30am-2:15pm West EntranceEckhart Hall 2nd 3 m-f 11:30pm-7:30am South EntranceErman Hall 2nd 1 m-f 10:30am-2:15pm East EntranceFoster Hall 2nd 2 m-f 4-8:30pm North EntranceGreen Hall 2nd 1 m-f 5am 1:30pm West Entrance 2nd 1 m–f 5am -1:30pmHarper Memorial Library 2 North & 1 South Entrances 3rd 3 s - th 11pm-7:30amHaskell Hall 2nd 2 m-f 6pm -12:30am East EntranceHinds Geophysics Lab. 2nd 1 m-f 5am-1:30pm East Entrance & ADA RampIngleside Hall 2nd 1 m-f 5-7am South EntranceJones Lab 2nd 1 m-f 5am -12:30pm South EntranceKent Lab 2nd 1 m-f 5am -1:30pm South EntranceKersten Physics Lab 2nd 1 m-f 5am -1:30pm North & South EntrancesLASR Bldg. 2nd 2 m-f 4- 9:30pm South EntranceLogan Center 1st 3 su-sa 11pm-7:30am South & North EntrancesMott Bldg. 2nd 2 m-f 6pm-12:30am North Entrance & ADA RampOriental Institute 1st 1 m-f 7am -3:30pm North Entrance & ADA RampPress Bldg 2nd 2 m-f 4pm -12:30am North & South EntrancesPick Hall 2nd 1 m-f 5am -1:30pm East & West Entrances 1st 1 m-f 7am -3:30pmRegenstein Library East Entrance 1st 3 s - th 11pm -7:30am 2nd 3 s - th 11pm -7:30amReynolds Club 2nd North Entrance 2 m-f 5-8:30pmRosenwald Hall 2nd 2 m-f 4pm -12:30am North EntranceRyerson Hall 2nd 1 m-f 5am -1:30pm South EntranceSearle Chemistry Lab. 2nd 1 m-f 5am-1:30pm West EntranceSocial Science Research Bldg. 2nd 2 m-f 4pm - 2:30am North EntranceStuart Hall 2nd 3 s- th 11pm-7:30am West EntranceSwift Hall 2nd 2 m-f 4- 11:30pm North EntranceWalker Museum 2nd 2 m-f 4pm-12:30am North EntranceYoung Bldg. 2nd 2 m-f 4 -10pm North Entrance
BUILDING PRIORITY SHIFT DAY TIME LOCATION s-w 7am-3:30pmBlackstone Hall 2nd 1 East Entrance m-f 8:30am-5pm s-w 7am-3:30pmBreckinridge Hall 2nd 1 m-f South Entrance 8:30am-5pm s-w 7am-3:30pmBroadview Hall 2nd 1 m-f East Entrance 8:30am-5pm s-w 7am-3:30pmBurton-Judson Courts 2nd 1 m-f 8:30am-5pm Northwest Entryway s-w 7am-3:30pm5700 Stony Island 2nd 1 West Entrance m-f 8:30am-5pmInternational House s-w 7am-3:30pm 1st 1 South Entrance m-f 8:30am-5pmMaclean Hall 2nd 1 m-f 8:30am-5pm Central EntrywayMax Palevsky Central 1st 1 su-sa 7am-7pm North & South EntrancesMax Palevsky East 1st 1 m-f 8:30am-7pm Southwest EntranceMax Palevsky West 1st 1 m-f 7am-7pm Southwest EntranceNew Graduate Residence Hall 1st 1 m-f 7am-3:30pm North EntrancePierce Hall 1st 1 m-f 8:30am-5pm West & East Entrances su-s 7am-3:30pmSouth Campus Residence Hall 1st 1 North Central Entrance m-f 8:30am-7pm
Routine Weekend CoverageBuildings Main WalksRatner Center Ellis AvenueBookstore 57th StreetPost Office Woodlawn Ave - Booth School to MidwayRegenstein Library University Ave.Ellis Ave. Parking Structure Main QuadCourt TheatreSmart MuseumBartlett CommonsMax Palevsky HallsAlumni HouseCrerar LibraryAdministration Bldg.Bond ChapelPresidents HouseOriental InstituteRockefeller ChapelMandel HallReynolds ClubIda Noyes HallInternational HouseSouth Campus Residence HallNew Graduate Residence HallLaw SchoolDrexel Ramp - University PoliceLogan Center
Application StrategiesAnti-icing – The Preventive StrategyThe key to safer surface conditions and more efficient use of deicers is to apply them justprior to or at the beginning of the storm for the primary purpose of preventing theformation of an ice-surface bond. Removing the snow pack after it has bonded is moredifficult than keeping it from forming in the first place. This approach has manyadvantages including the need to use less chemical de-icer.Deicing – The Reactive StrategyAlthough anti-icing is fast becoming the preferred strategy, deicing is still a necessaryapproach in snow and ice control. Deicing is a reactive response; its purpose is to breakthe bond of already bonded snow and ice. The process begins during, or after, asignificant amount of snow has already settled on the surface. Crews generally plow first,then apply deicer. Ice events are an exception. Which strategy to use is not an either/ordecision when deciding upon a strategy. Many times the circumstances of a winter stormare such that a reaction approach is the only option.
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FAQsWho is responsible for snow removal at the University?Facilities Services’ Landscape Services Crew is charged with ice and snow removal for the University. The scope includes: Building entrances, sidewalks,footpaths, loading docks, parking lots (with Transportation & Parking Services) and the vacated streets that are considered University property such as the MainQuadrangle and Kimbark Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. At the Medical Center, the UCMC Physical Plant accomplishes similar tasks. ResidentialProperties manages snow removal for the University-owned residential properties, both on and off campus.Who is responsible for removing snow from the city streets?In Chicago, snow removal is the responsibility of the city and property owners. The City of Chicago has responsibility for the public right-of-way. This includes thetravel lanes of the streets. The City of Chicago requires property owners to remove snow from sidewalks and walkways that adjoin their property. Off-street parkingfacilities are also the responsibility of the operator.Who removes snow from the Midway?Paths throughout the Midway Plaisance are the responsibility of the Chicago Park District. Although within the purview of the Chicago Park District, in an effort to aidpedestrian traffic from the south campus, Facilities Services clears the Ellis ,Woodlawn and Dorchester Avenue sidewalks that bisect the Midway Plaisance from 59thto 60th Streets. At the Laboratory Schools, Facilities Services will clear the path across the northern panel from 59th to the westbound lane of the Plaisance.Who removes the snow from the University parking lots and garage? How soon can we expect snow to be removed by the University?Facilities Services Landscape Services Crew handles snow removal for the University. They are assisted by Transportation & Parking. Depending on the time of day asnow event occurs, snow removal may occur periodically during an event. However, it can be difficult to get ahead of a snow event. Complete removal may not occuruntil the snow event ends.Parking lots are best plowed when as few vehicles are parked in them as possible. Plowing in lots therefore is ideally done during overnight or early morning hours toensure as many spaces as possible are clear. Until the snow event ends, vacant spaces, drive lanes and entry/exit points will be plowed. Drivers can assist the effort byclustering vehicles together to facilitate plowing,When can the secondary streets be expected to be plowed?The city has a protocol they follow to keep the city safe and functioning during snow events. Primary routes are plowed first and are continually plowed until a snowevent ends. Once a snow event ends, hospital routes, streets near emergency services and schools are cleared. Then secondary roads are cleared, but only the travellanes.Does snow get removed from the curb lane?Unless a road has a winter parking ban (such as the Midway Plaisance and S. Hyde Park Blvd.), snow is not removed from the curb lane where cars park.
Why do the main roads get cleared, but the secondary roads remain unplowed hours or days after a snow fall? It is the city’s priority to have the primary roads cleared and safe before proceeding to plow secondary roads and side streets. Depending on the amount of snowthat falls and how long a snow event lasts, it could take several days before the city plows all secondary streets.The following is according to the City of Chicago’s website: “Whenever the arterial streets are deemed safe for travel during or after a snowfall, the citys salttrucks are dispatched to the secondary, residential streets for salting and plowing operations. This work continues until all city streets have been treated.”Who removes snow from bus stops/shelters?The city has a contract with a vendor to maintain and clear snow from the bus shelters in the city. CTA will clear snow from bus stops if necessary.Who can I call about removing snow?On University property, you can call the Facilities Services Work Center at 4-1414 or submit the online Service Request Form.For Residential Properties buildings, contact them at 3-2200.For the UC Medical Center, contact their security department at 2-6262For city streets and the Park District, you can call 311 to report snow removal. You can also report this on the city’s website at www.cityofchicago.org.I can’t park on the street after it snows. Where can I park?The University has parking permits available at the parking garages. Some lots on south campus may also be available. You can contact the parking office at 2-8969 or stop by the parking office to sign-up for parking. Employees may use payroll deduction to pay for their parking, which saves up to 20%. The Universityalso has a free lot at 60th & Stony Island, available on a first come, first served basis. Free CTA routes 171 and 172 provide bus service from the Ellis Garage topoints south.I don’t want to drive during the winter. What are my options?The University has a number of programs to help you get to campus without having to drive. We offer discounted and free parking for carpools, free local busroutes and routes to connect to CTA, Ls and Metra. We also offer programs, such as guaranteed ride home, occasional parking and car-sharing to help with leavingyour car at home. Visit the Transportation and Parking website for more information.Why doesn’t the University plow the city streets?The University must devote its limited snow removal resources to the walkways, sidewalks and parking facilities for which it is responsible. Redirecting theseresources to city streets would make it difficult to adequately clear snow on University property. In addition, the University would be liable for any damage causedby plowing the city streets.