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An example of a request sheet for plexiglass that includes custom sizes. These sheets of plexiglass might be used for the split mail room doors or as the top of longer greeting desks in residence halls.
Maintenance assistant Alex Frase uses a template to create a 36-by-24 inch, standard-size plexiglass barrier with a small pass-through window at the bottom. The template helped workers quickly make about 80% of the shields requested, said David Tolnay, maintenance supervisor.
Making the barriers required several steps and different tools. Frase uses a jigsaw to cut the space for the stands required to hold the barrier in place.
Carpenter Scott Walczak uses a torch to finish the edges of the barrier. Workers also use sanders and files to soften the edges.
Scott Walczak (left) and Alex Frase look at a finished barrier. “This is a start and a reminder to students and employees that we need to be worried about each other,” Frase said. “We need to be aware of the people we are talking to on the other side of the glass.”
Maintenance supervisor David Tolnay carries a standard-size barrier through the main hallway of Greiner Hall. Tolnay told UBNow he was proud of his team. “They made it really efficient to make these in a timely manner,” he said.
Tolnay positions the barriers in place on a desk in Greiner Hall. He's happy with the project results. “Everyone and their mother wants one right now, and we were able to get the raw material and make them at a discount for everyone,” he said.
Published August 25, 2020