Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Facilities preparation for the Thanksgiving weekend

Various U-M services will be modified through the Thanksgiving weekend, and faculty and staff are asked to take measures to save energy and promote safety.

Phone numbers

• 763-1131 (or 911 from a campus phone) to reach the University Police for crimes, safety concerns or other emergency situations.

• 647-2059 to reach the Plant Operations Call Center for maintenance requests (including custodial, grounds and parking maintenance).

Staff parking

Parking enforcement will be suspended on Thursday and Friday for permits and meter fees in all parking areas except the Taubman Parking Structure (P3), Simpson Circle Structure (Mott) and North Entrance Structure (Cancer Center). Regular parking enforcement will resume at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Patient and visitor parking

Patient and visitor parking at the Taubman Parking Structure (P2), the North Entrance Structure (P1), Simpson Circle Structure (P4) and the Cardiovascular Center (P5) will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. only on Thursday and Friday. The visitor area at the Fletcher Street Parking Structure will be closed from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 6:30 a.m. Monday.


There will be no university transit or shuttle bus services on Thursday and Friday. Regular weekend transit service will resume on Saturday.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will not operate regular, fixed-route bus services or the A-Ride Para transit on Thursday. Passengers may use AATA's Holiday Ride shared-ride taxi service on Thanksgiving Day. Please note the service only operates within the Ann Arbor city limits. Go to for more information.

On Thursday, a special Thanksgiving Day shuttle will operate beginning at 11 a.m. to transport students to the Thanksgiving Meal being hosted at the Hill Dining Center. Shuttle service will be provided from various locations near campus residence areas. Go to for more information.

Energy reduction

Faculty and staff are asked to help reduce energy consumption and make a positive impact on the environment and budgets.

• Turn off all unused office equipment such as computers, monitors, printers, fans, coffee pots and task lighting. Also unplug chargers for cell phones and PDAs.

• Close windows to save energy and to prevent water pipes and sprinkler heads from freezing.

• Close fume hoods and, where available, switch them to “low” or “unoccupied.”

Facility managers are asked to contact Building Automation Services via email at, or by phone at 734-763-4013, if they need facility ventilation turned on due to special events or circumstances in offices, classrooms, or other areas that will be used over the Thanksgiving weekend. Ventilation service for animal rooms and research areas with fume hoods or special ventilation requirements will operate as normal.


Staff, faculty and student colleagues are asked to complete the following before they leave their work, research or living areas for the weekend:

• Close and lock all windows and doors.

• Secure valuables and lock desks and closets.

• Ensure the safe shut down of labs that will not be operational over the holiday weekend. Cap chemicals, shut down equipment, etc.