Repairs to the concrete behind the David O. McKay Library are expected to be complete by July 2.
Rulon Nielsen, director of the facility planning and construction, said that BYU-Idaho shares a maintenance and repair budget, with all other CES schools.
He said that the school repairs concrete every summer.
“Concrete is not a perfect product. If you pour concrete when it’s warm, it sets too quick. It’s called ‘flash.’ It goes from being something workable to hard as a rock. When you do that, it doesn’t last as long,” Nielsen said. “[During the winter] when it freezes and thaws, it’ll push one piece [of concrete] and if it doesn’t settle all the way down, we have to cut it down.”
Nielsen said the school uses the budget for everything that needs replacing and repair, including concrete, tables, chairs and building exteriors.
“In the same fund, we’re going to replace the central building fan in the Romney, because it’s original construction is from the 60s. We anticipate that it has outlived its life expectancy,” Nielsen said.
Nielsen said that necessary repairs are determined from an inventory list of everything on campus including every outlet, tile and doorknob on campus.
He also said that each item on the list is given an allotted amount of time it was expected to last.
“Every year we’re given so much money to replace things that are worn out or dangerous or have the potential of failing. If it’s starting to pose a safety hazard, we have it replaced,” Nielsen said.
Nielsen said that the facility planning and construction department determines which items are near their expected term of use from this list and then they inspect those items.
From there, members of the department determine which items will need attention.