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TO:           Deans, Directors and Department Chairs, University Business Managers
FROM:      Anna Wu, FAIA, Associate Vice Chancellor and University Architect, Facilities Services

UNC-Chapel Hill will observe a formal one-week closure of the University during Winter Break 2016. This is a reminder that during this time, Facilities Services will have limited staff resources on call. The following areas may be of interest to your department regarding service coverage during the break:

  • Housekeeping and Building Services: Staff will be available on an on-call basis to handle emergencies that should arise. Response times will be lengthened due to this status. The on-call status will begin Friday night, December 23, at 10 p.m., and end Tuesday morning, January 3.
  • Energy Management: The University will implement a Winter Holiday 2016 Energy Saving Initiative to reduce energy consumption by lowering temperatures in buildings and turning off lights and unnecessary equipment. It is asked that you turn off all lights and space heaters, and close all windows and fume hood sashes. The initiative will begin Friday night, December 23, at 10:00 p.m., and end Sunday night, January 1.
  • Exceptions to the Energy Saving Initiative: Research labs, animal facilities and designated health care facilities that are critical to the University’s mission are not included in this energy saving initiative. Other building occupants who submitted Exemption Requests by the November 30 deadline have been notified of approved exemptions. However, even in these facilities there will only be on-call Housekeeping and Building Services staff.
    We look forward to a successful Energy Saving Initiative over Winter Break 2016 and appreciate your support for this initiative. If you have any questions and concerns, please email
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