M IAINTENANC E
BY; JAY REEVES
Plumbing- Electrical- Mechanical
The original plumbing systems of Floyd Hall, built in 1912,. have
been altered many times during its history. The water supply to Floyd
was,and is,provided by the city of Gainesville, but presently is shut
off. The original waste water systems are unknown, but are now part
of the University system and assumed operable. Also part of the
University system is a rainwater collection system which disposes of
of rainwater from gutter downspouts. (see detail A.). Original waste
water systems in Floyd consisted of cast iron waste lines servicing
the following; (as derived from original plans and field investigation.)
First Floor : Rooms 101& 102, originally a single room, the dairy
laboratory, contained floor drains as indicated, 4 outlets for cold &
hot water were also provided at locations unknown. Hot water was
provided by means of a boiler in room 103 which also provided water
to the heat radiators. Rooms 103A contained 6 wash tubs and a floor
drain at the center. Both hot and cold were sunnlied also. Roomsl05
and 109, (originally 2 rooms), all contained corner wash basins, drain
and supply piping. The South end of room 104, originally contained
the animal stand, and within a central floor drain and hose connections.
At the front entry located in the exterior wall behind the left
pillaster is a soil stack indication at the first level, the pipe
appears in the restroom at the second level.
Second Floor : Located to the South of the stair hall, rooms 205/207
(originally one room) is the location of the original mens room.
Located along the stair wall were; a single lav., two toilets, and a
urinal. Located in the North-East corner the before mentioned soil-
stack rises within the room. No other plumbing fixtures are believed
to have occurred at the second floor as shown on original plans.
Third Floor : Located above the second floor restroom is the original
women restroom, which is believed to have contained a single lav.,
and two toilets. In room 302 at the East wall is indicated a single
sink, in room 304 a single sink on the South wall,(originally the
end wall of the laboratory.), also in 312 the original opposite end.
In room 313 on the West wall a small single lav. was shown on the
The existing water supply entrance and shutoff valves are located
in a hatch covered pit at the South-East corner of the buildin-.
University steam supply lines are present, but no chilled water
lines are apparent. The existing internal plumbing is greatly altered
in a haphazard fashion. Materials include cast iron waste lines,(both
original and recent), also P.V.C. lines for the most recent work.
Water lines are combination galv. steel and copper.
First Floor : In room 101, two photographic type traugh sinks exist,
with both hot and cold supply and waste. A similar type sink exists
in room 102A. In room 103A a ceramic sink on a stand exist,(possibly
one of the original wash basins),located beneath the exterior window.
All other original piping locations have been capped or removed.
Second Floor : At the second floor within rooms 205& 207 exist each;
two toilets, One lav. and a urinal in room 207. All other plumbing
at this level is dissconected.
Third Floor : At room 305, the original ladies room, occurs two toilets, a
lav., and a means urinal. In room 302 a single sink occurs at the
North wall and in room 314 a sink occurs also, at the South wall.
Within room 306 occurs a darkroom type sink.
At all three floors within the main corridor occures a drinking
fountain and fire hose connection outside the restrooms.
Original electrical lighting fixtures and wiring have long been
removed, due to ceiling replacements,are no longer obvious as to
original locations. Derived from the original drawings the lighting
fixtures were of the incandescent type, typically located; one in the
center of smaller rooms, 2 semmetrically located in the offices, 4
in the larger rooms, and 6 in the larger labs, machinery rooms, and
auditorium. Only 3 fixtures are indicated in the hallways and 1 per
stair hall and in the front vestibule., One spot type light is indicated
in the 1st floor stock judging room and a ceiling plug for a snot in
the auditorium is indicated. All lighting is switched at the wall
beside entry points to the individual rooms, one switch per room.
Two wall mount fixtures are indicated in the two administration offices
at the first floor. ITo electrical outlets are indicated by the
original drawings, and it is unknown if any were in place in 1912.
Original wiring, through investigation appears to have been 2 bare
copper wires suspended through porcelan insulaters traveling through
floor and ceiling joists, originally canceled. This wiring is still
apparent above failing ceilings and ir the attic spaces.
The building is currently not serviced and wiring is in various
stages of dissconnect, not in servicable condition.
The service entry point is within a fenced electrical yard con-
taining 3 large transformers, located at the rear door on the West
yard. Service is supplied by the University by means of a buried
electrical cable systems that emerges at the electrical yard. From
this service yard cables climb the West walls of the building and enter
at each floor level with several electrical breaker panels per floor.
Within the building earlier wires are concealed while later wiring
travels the surface of walls and ceilings.
Lighting fixtures are mostly suspended 4' florescent units dating
from the 1930's to present. Auxilary emergency lighting and exit
signage have been placed at stair halls and fire exits. Many electrical
and telephone outlets have been added in a random fashion throughout
the building, most are 110 volt service. Located beside exterior
windows within the building are 240 volt outlets which served former
window airconditioning units.
Located within the attic are incandescent bulbs strung around
the perimeter also within this attic space exists a simple fire
sprinkler system streching the length of the building.
From the original drawings, in room 103 at the first floor
originally existed a boiler room and chimney flu that rises through
the building and terminates in a brick chimney. The boiler
supplied heating systems (hot water or steam), and provided the
building with hot water. This hot water was piped throughout the
building to individual cast iron radiators located beneath windows
at exterior walls. Radiator piping is exposed at the third level
and runs below the ceiling around the perimeter. The radiators are
of varying sizes and while many at the lower levels appear to have
been removed many still exist and appear to be original.
The following is an excerpt from the original blueprints that
mentions the heating system as follows;
"Cut into present risers and make supply connection to radiators
through type W Webster modulation valves, using 3/4" valves on
radiators up to SO and a 1,1/4" valve on the 200 radiator."
All supply laterals must be one size larger than valves; extend
present return risers 3/4" up from floor beneath and make return
connection to each radiator through Webster Syphon Trap, using the
All return branches will be uniformly 3/4",bronze all radiators
and exposed piping in finished rooms."
In the third floor laboratory exists 4'x4' openings in the ceiling
up to housings in the attic which contain 3 large electric fans that
vent through the roof.(Now closed off). Though installed early, it is
not known if these are original. These fans served as a central
exhaust and cooling system.
As mentioned radiators still exist though converted to the
University's steam supply. In the first floor corridor at the South
end,on the ceiling is mounted a fan type radiator, unique to this
location. Until recently the building had electric window mount
air conditioning heat/cool units appearing to date back to the 1950's.
The former farm machinery room,contains a central heat/air system with
dropped ceiling and canceled duct work. Several flues existed throughout
the building to vent machinery, all are long since abandoned.
In the adaptive use renovation of Floyd Hall, it is recommended
that all existing wiring and electrical components should be removed.
All plumbing fixtures and water supply piping should be removed as well.
It is recommended that complete new water, waste, electrical, HVAC,
and fire protection systems be installed suited to the particular
new intended use.
The following inscription appears on all cast iron rain gutter
leaders aprox. 3'-0" above grade.
DECATUR CORNICE & ROOFING CO. INC.
NEW DECATUR ALA.
Located within roonl02 along the West wall occurs natural gas
outlets. The service meter is located on the outside wall of the
South- West end of Floyd Hall. The meter is supplied by the Gainesville
Gas Co. and is currently shut off.
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