November 2019 Newsletter
Motor Pool    •    Sustainability    •    Projects    •    EH&S    •    Grounds    •    Around Campus

The Motor Pool team, headed up by Wayne Bouchard, includes Rich Dauley, Mark Granger, Jim Kilroy, Richard McGrath, John Mulhall and Jim Ralli. This busy group of employees maintain 100+ official college vehicles on campus. They service 120 pieces of Grounds and Golf equipment that keeps our landscape so beautiful. Plus, they work on 17 pieces of snow equipment to clear the campus when it snows or gets icy.  Motor pool also delivers college supplies from the Distribution Center (DC) to campus on a weekly basis.  The same crew picks up all the recycling on campus – comingled plastics/glass/aluminum, paper and baled cardboard. The transport division of Motor Pool serves the transportation needs of the College for the President, Trustees, PERA, academic field trips and more.  If you need support from Motor Pool, put in a work order at

The Wellesley College Motor Pool Team


Geo-thermal (GeoX) Test Bore
As part of its developing strategy for future energy options (the E2040 Initiative), Wellesley College is evaluating the use of Geo-Exchange (GeoX), or geo-thermal heat pump systems to heat and cool its buildings. A GeoX test-bore is currently being developed at the north end of the driving range, at Nehoiden Golf Course. Over the past several days, drilling has commenced for a 1500 foot deep test-bore into which a heat exchange medium will be inserted and then tested for heat exchange properties. Skillings and Sons out of Amherst, NH was chosen to drill and develop the bore, and to insert, grout and test the heating exchange properties of the well.  If feasible, it is estimated the College would need between 400 and 500 of these wells to provide the heat-sink for a campus-wide system.

There has been interest in the drilling from the Geo-Science faculty as well, as several have visited the site with their students to observe the proceedings, and to collect samples of the cuttings. The test bore has revealed a granular overburden of approximately 95-100 ft over bedrock which appears to consist of shale-like layers down to the depth of the bore at 1500 ft. This finding is different than what was expected at the site, and provides new information about the geology of the area.

As of this writing, the 1500 ft deep test-bore diameter is being expanded from 6-1/4” to 8” in order to insert the spiral heat exchange medium which will then need to be grouted in-place prior to testing of the system. Testing of the heat-exchange effectiveness of the well is expected to take place by the end of November.  The results will be used to extrapolate the final number of wells required to provide the campus with a viable system for future heating.


Test bore on near Nehoiden Gold Course driving range.



The Fall is a special time of year as our team is wrapping up the busy summer construction season and making plans for the winter and upcoming summer projects. It’s a time of reflection and looking forward.

One of our notable planning studies is a campus-wide masonry and roof assessment. This will provide us with a prioritized list of needs to help with the important work of tightening our building envelopes and stopping them from leaking!  Some of the most urgent envelope repair work will be implemented this summer at multiple residence halls.

We are also continuing work on some small but impactful projects.  Check out the new handicapped accessible ramp entry at Stone Center in the photo below.  We were careful to blend it into the landscape to look natural, and to respect the historic architecture of the building.  Thanks to Alvin Hung for his careful attention to design excellence on this important access project.


Stone Center Accessibility Ramp

We'd also like to thank the residents of Claflin Hall as we continue our elevator modernization project.  They have lived through some very noisy construction work as we make much-needed upgrades. Chris Ridge gets high praise for managing this complicated project.



Emergency Evacuation Drills
Several departments practiced emergency evacuation procedures this fall.  Fire Safety Officers Ken Tremblay and Bob Cunha worked with representatives from Campus Police, Residential Life and Operations. Drills were held at Jewett, Pendleton, Waban House, Cheever House, and all 21 residence halls.

Practicing evacuation drills is an important part of emergency planning and response.  It familiarizes occupants with evacuation procedures and to the sound of the alarm. The goal is to react quickly and evacuate within three minutes. Students were briefed after the drill on the importance of evacuating each and every time, where to muster once outside and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear as you never know how long you may be outside!

Sgt. Bruce Whitney, WCPD coordinates a Student Fire Chief program where at least two students per residence hall are trained and asked to perform fire and life safety inspections of their residence halls every two weeks. They look for missing or out of inspection fire extinguishers, blocked exit door, storage in hallways, etc. These peer mentors also provide assistance during the evacuation drills and are an important part of fire prevention model on campus. A special thanks to all involved! 

This Spring, emergency evacuation drills will be held at all residence halls, Green and Founders, the Science Center and Modulars, Clapp Library and Davis Museum. 

Emergency evacuation drills will be held in spring 2020 at the following academic buildings:  Green and Founders Hall, Science and Modulars, Clapp Library and Davis Museum.  All residence halls will again have drills in the spring.


Occupants of Jewett Art Center respond to emergency evacuation drill alarm.


Roth Schmidgall received the 2019 New England Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award. This award recognizes a Sports Turf Manager currently working in New England who has made a significant contribution (local, regional and/or national) to the sports turf industry. Criteria for contribution is multi-faceted and includes successful management or maintenance practices, creative staffing or budgeting strategies, successful partnerships, technical improvements, improvements in safety and/or environmental stewardship. Roth has been managing the athletic fields since 2012.

Roth Schmigall receives the
New England Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award.


Also of note, the Grounds Department was able to recycle all of our organic yard waste into 7,000 cubic yards of mulch that will be used throughout the campus landscape.

The impressive Morbark mulching machine.

Around Campus

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Who are Facilities Management & Planning?

We are Capital Projects, Custodial, Environmental Health & Safety, Landscaping, Motor Pool, Trades, Operations, Planning & Construction, Power Plant, and Sustainability.

Our staff are located throughout campus with offices in the Distribution Center, the Trade Shop Building, Physical Plant, and on Service Drive at Nehoiden Golf Course.

Our services include custodial, grounds, motor pool, equipment maintenance, event support, environmental health and safety, sustainability, renovation, modernization, and new construction projects using environmentally responsible practices.
Newsletter Contributors

Wayne Bouchard
Bob Cunha
Gerard Euell
Suzanne Howard
Rob Lamppa
Newsletter Contributors

Michelle Maheu
John Olmsted
Olivia Shehan
Ken Tremblay
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