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NOTICE: Saturday September 9, 2017 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Closure for Crane Operations

 Please be advised there will be a crane located directly behind Croft Hall (south side of Croft Hall) on Saturday, September 9, 2017 starting at 6:00 AM and ending on or before 9:00 AM.

 The crane will lift exhaust fans to roof of Croft Hall for current lab renovations.

 Areas of Closure on Saturday September 9 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM are:

  • Walkways on south side of Croft Hall
  • Roadway directly behind Baltimore Museum of Art (JHU campus side) from South Gate Circle Drive to Power Plant.

 Flag personnel will direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic during crane operations. There will be signage indicating closures.

 Please forward notice to others as required.  

 If there are any questions, please contact Debbie Anderson, JHFRE Project Manager at or call 443-997-4833.

 Thank you for the patience and understanding.

In May, JHFRE honored four employees for their excellence during the first quarter of 2016.  Employees nominated their co-workers.  The VP and Directors selected the following honorees:

  • Tony Houston, Custodial Services
  • Randy Widomski, Grounds
  • Tameka Lemmon, Housing Operations
  • Nicole Credle, Keswick Human Resources

Congratulations to all! 

Facilities professionals from Kangwon National University in South Korea visited the Homewood Campus and Plant Operations on Wednesday, January 20. ...Click here to read more.

When the east coast was slammed with a storm called Jonah, beginning Friday, January 22, our Homewood Campus Plant Operations were there throughout the duration and well after. 

A total combined 67 staff and contractors started at 4 pm Friday, January 22 and worked straight through until 4 pm Tuesday, January 26, assuring the Homewood Campus could open again for classes and business Wednesday morning.  Approximately 120 tons of snow was either plowed or trucked off site.

And some of the challenges of such an undertaking?  Locating actual walkways to plow; driving winds covering cleared walkways, having to be cleared again; equipment stress and repairs; appropriate rest for crews; housing and feeding staff; and refreezing.

These photos are a small sampling of a few sites on campus.  The “mystery” image is the very top of a fire hydrant!

Additional Coverage: Rain, shine or blustering snow, our vital staff is here for us


As you may know, fire alarms are tested quarterly in each building on the Homewood Campus.  The schedule for these tests can always be found here. In addition to these quarterly tests, the Baltimore City fire code requires an annual unannounced fire drill with full building evacuation.  The evacuation drill has historically been scheduled separately from the other tests or recorded de facto through real fire and non-fire alarm events.  

In an attempt to eliminate disturbances throughout the year, Health, Safety and Environment has teamed up with Homewood Facilities to combine the full evacuation drill with one of the quarterly tests.  We will, as always, be contacting those of you who have special circumstances and need advance notice.  Please email Perry Cooper if you feel that you fall under this umbrella.

As a reminder, JHU’s official fire alarm response procedure is:  when the building alarm sounds, all occupants are required to evacuate. Calmly and quickly, walk to the nearest emergency exit. When leaving the building, move away from the exit doorway and away from the building to allow emergency responder access. Check with your supervisor to determine your departments established designated outdoor place of assembly.

Perry Cooper, Health Safety & Environment

Heather Michaelson, Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate

Sep 2017  
Johns Hopkins University
Facilities & Real Estate
3910 Keswick Rd. Suite N3100
Baltimore, MD 21211
443.997.5302 / 443.997.3737