As part of the effort to reduce both traffic flow and delivery service presence at Homewood, a central receiving station is beginning operation. The new facility, which opens today, will serve as the primary receiving and distribution point for commonly ordered materials--such as lab and instructional supplies, books and computer equipment--bound for departments and offices located in the center of campus.
Buildings affected are Ames, Barton, Clark, Dunning, Garland, Gilman, Hodson, Jenkins, Krieger, Latrobe, Levering, Maryland, Mattin Center, Mergenthaler, Merrick Barn, Macaulay, MSE Library, Mudd, New Engineering, Remsen, Shaffer, Shriver and Whitehead.
Paul Beyer, director of the university's Purchasing Office, said the new facility is intended both to improve receiving services and to support the Homewood master plan, which calls for a safer, more pedestrian-friendly campus core. A principal tenet of the master plan is to divert car and truck traffic to the perimeter of campus roads. To that end, brick and marble walkways have replaced bands of asphalt, main arteries into campus have been closed off, and a service road west of Hodson Hall was recently completed to support continued vehicular access and deliveries along Homewood's western perimeter.
Beyer said the new receiving station will make a significant dent in the remaining traffic.
"The goal is to eliminate as many delivery trucks as possible," Beyer said. "We are trying to get the majority of common supplies to come through this single point."
The receiving station sits on the western fringe of campus at 3001 Remington Ave. Items ordered should be sent to this address (see below).
The facility's hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Station personnel will deliver goods twice daily; all items received by 3 p.m. will be delivered the same day.
Receiving points that serve other parts of campus, including the Bloomberg and AMR II loading docks, will remain in operation. U.S. mail will still be received in the mail room in the Gilman Hall tunnel.
Departments and offices located in the Alumni Memorial Residences, Athletic Center and O'Connor Recreation Center, Bloomberg, Olin, ROTC building, Wyman Park and all university buildings on the east side of Charles Street will continue to receive deliveries directly from vendors and use current delivery addresses.
Items that will continue to be delivered directly to campus by vendors include supplies from Office Depot, laboratory gases, dry ice, animals, bottled water, food and beverages, large equipment, rental furniture and facilities management supplies. In addition, express shipping services can deliver packages before 10:30 a.m.
Deliveries of heavy and oversized items, such as laboratory equipment and furniture, need to be scheduled and coordinated in advance by contacting Purchasing Services, at 410-516-8383, and/or the Security Office at 410-516-4600.
For the pickup of outbound materials, other than those being shipped for overnight express delivery via campus pickup boxes, contact the Central Receiving Station at 410-516-5575.