Sustainability, security prompts locking of Reynolda Hall at night
September 17, 2008
Prompted by interests in sustainability, safety and security, Wake Forest University will begin Sept. 22 locking Reynolda Hall each night at 11 p.m.
The change takes place as Z. Smith Reynolds Library is opening newly-renovated study areas this fall for around-the-clock use by students seeking improved study space. Both study spaces, totaling nearly 6,000 square feet, are located at the front of the library.
Currently, the study space on the west side of the library is open. The space on the east side, where a new Starbucks is opening, will be available on Sept. 22.
Reynolda Hall has been a popular study place for decades, particularly for undergraduate students. The building will remain available for that purpose, but students will not be able to enter the building between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Students in the building at the time it is locked each night will be permitted to remain inside. They may also leave at any time during those hours.
University staff who work in the building will have access at all times. They will need to use their university identification cards at newly-installed card readers on the building’s east and west sides to enter between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Students will not have access with their ID cards at that time.
While the building is secured nightly, automated temperature controls can be set to consume less energy, prompting up to a 10 percent reduction in energy costs, according to Jim Alty, associate vice president for facilities and campus services. The building, which is one of the largest on campus, would be cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer in late evenings in order to reduce power use. More lights in the building can be turned off, too.
Safety for those in the building is another reason for the change, Alty said. Currently, anyone can enter Reynolda Hall late at night, which has created unease among university staff members who are in the building nightly, such as custodians and other service employees. Locking the building at night will provide a more secure environment for everyone in the building, including those studying in it, Alty explained.
In a broader sense, security for the building’s occupants and contents will be bolstered by locking the building, he said. Reynolda Hall provides space for many administrative offices, including the Registrar, Financial and Accounting Services, Financial Aid and Human Resources. Securing the building will limit opportunity for an intruder to gain access to those areas.