Physical Plant crews team up for summer projects

August 5, 2019

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes at Yale. Our Facilities staff members are all over the campus fixing, refurbishing, and installing all things wood, mechanical, stone, and more. This is a brief summary of three outdoor summer projects where crews, from three different trades, worked together to get the job done!

215 Park Street, replacement of a 20-ton outdoor chiller. A huge crane was hired to lower the heavy chiller into the courtyard behind 215 Park Street. Yale Refrigeration and Controls mechanics worked with electricians to installChiller crew the new unit using a drawing completed by the Yale System Engineering Group. The project was completed in the spring and led by supervisors Brian Page (Electrical), Angelo Frattasio (Controls) and Mike Lamore (Engineering). Team members included Refrigeration mechanics, Richard Murgo, Controls mechanic, Richard Tucker, and Mark Spadacente and Electricians, Al DeSimone and Dennis Dammling.

43 Hillhouse, the President’s House – Back porch stairs and railings replaced.

The millworkers and carpenters carefully restored the exterior back porch and garden gate of the President’s house at 43 Hillhouse. They took apart the detoriating stairs, threads, and railings.  These components were taken to the millwork shop and rebuilt. This included milling new spindles and posts to match the existing architecture. The painters are now putting the finishing touches painting the entire porch white.  This project which was completed in late July, was managed by Scott Neeley with millwork team members Colin Evans, Barry VanSteenbergen, Philip Vitali and Marc Lussier, and painter team members Timothy Morton and Lee Mack.

Dwight Chapel -  Stairs repointed and prepped for new safety railing.

The main stone stairs in front of Dwight Chapel needed some TLC and required a new safety railing installed. The Yale masons worked to reset the treads and repointed the entire stairwell in preparartion for a new safety railing. This project was completed in July and was managed by Marc Fanelli with team members Kevin Coleman and Nino Armellino.