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Yearly lighting walk unveils problems

Submitted by Jacob Ellerbee on November 20, 2013 – 11:37 amNo Comment

The annual campus lighting walk, which includes students, faculty members and staff who volunteer their time to walk around campus and identify exterior lighting deficiencies, was conducted Nov. 12, with volunteers reporting 4 percent of the exterior lights on campus needing attention.

There are 1,681 exterior lights on campus and this year 68 lights have been reported as requiring attention.

In the inspection reports, several areas were noted as having low visibility due to tree limbs and shrubbery covering the light(s). In other areas, the lighting fixtures simply need a bulb replacement. Volunteers also identified locations in which additional lighting fixtures should be placed.

The Facilities Management Department, which hosts the event each year, is responsible for ensuring the lights are illuminated properly and free of obstructions.

According to the press release provided by the Facilities Management Department, the goal of the annual lighting walk is to “identify exterior lighting deficiencies such as burned out light bulbs, lighted areas where trees and shrubs need to be pruned and areas where additional light fixtures should be installed.”

This year, the walkers included Dr. Logan Hampton, dean of students, two campus police officers, staff members from Residence Life and 25 students.

The annual lighting walk helps the Facilities Management Department and the Department of Public Safety maintain high levels of campus safety and comfort, according to the press release.


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