College Planning & Management

FEB 2013

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CaseHistories RE AL-WORLD SOLU T IONS Tulane Identifies Key to Security T ULANE UNIVERSITY in New Orleans is one of the preeminent research institutions in the nation. So it should come as no surprise that Tulane would be one of the first universities to research and find alternatives to traditional residence hall security systems. It was in the mid-'90s that Tulane first sought an alternative to its traditional residence hall keys and locks with a multipurpose ID card system. Doug Olson, Tulane's director of Card Services, recalls, "Students had meal plan cards, copier machine cards, library cards, and regular photo IDs. Students were also carrying traditional metal keys for their dorm rooms. Around 1995, in a newly renovated residence hall, we began testing a variety of alternative card-based security systems and offline locks. The manager of our key shop had a standing relationship with PERSONA Campus software, so we decided to go with his recommendation." Today, the PERSONA Campus software is used to manage Passport 1000 PG locks manufactured by Sargent Manufacturing Company. These ADA-compliant, batteryoperated, standalone locks can be found throughout the University in about 1,200 locks in eight different residence halls. These locks interface with the school's student ID system, sending Track 3 encoded data to the students' magnetic strip ID cards ("Splash" cards). For maximum security, the SARGENT offline system provides fourdigit, pin code-protected access to dorm rooms and delivers an audit trail. The SARGENT offline system with PERSONA is a natural fit for Tulane's multifunctional "Splash" cards, which feature "tap 'n' go" microchip technology to allow secure access to residences as well as din- The students at Tulane love the fast and simple operation of the system, and the pin-protected security. But they also enjoy the minimal hassle and low cost of replacing the cards. School administrators and the public safety office appreciate the system's audit trail capability. ing, libraries, computer labs, copiers, and printers. The Splash cards even allow use of student debit accounts. Distribution Efficiency at Missouri State M ISSOURI STATE University is an urban campus in Springfield covering 235 acres, with 62 buildings comprising some 5.5M sq. ft. Maintaining a campus of this size falls upon Patrick Zacha, assistant director of Facilities Management for Maintenance and his staff of 75. Ben Boslaugh, Utilities manager, is tasked with keeping the diverse customers comfortable in the sometimes hot and humid climate of southwest Missouri. In 2006 a study of the 5,500-ton capacity chilled water loop throughout campus showed the absence of any air elimination or dirt separation equipment. The water being circulated showed to be the consistency of molasses and included a mixture of clay, microbiological particles, and outdated glycol. Thermal conductivity was poor, resulting in inefficient distribu- tion. At a higher-education conference, Zacha and Boslaugh were exposed to the Spirovent high-efficiency separators manufactured by Spirotherm, Inc. The first Spirovent separator was installed later that year and had an immediate impact. The chiller evaporator tubes, which had previously needed to be cleaned three times a year, stayed clean for 18 months and beyond. Work orders for venting and gurgling noises in the pipes have all but been eliminated. Bob Eckels, director of Facilities Management at Missouri State states, "The installation of a chilled water loop at Missouri State University has transformed the delivery of cooling to our buildings. The introduction of Spirotherm dirt and air separators into this system has greatly enhanced the heat transfer, which in turn is creating more energy savings through re- Since that initial installation, 25 more Spirovents have been installed at Missouri State University with four more in the shop waiting to be added. Several more buildings have been identified and will be included in future maintenance projects on campus. duced run time of our chillers. We are very pleased with the Spirotherm product." Look for more Case Histories online at 56 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / FEBRUARY 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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