Gregory Tip Sheet

Below you'll find information on the facilities in your suite. 

Your building's Information Center is located in the lobby of Van Pelt which you can reach via 215-898-5202. The Information Center provides: 

  • Assistance and follow-up with maintenance and housekeeping issues  
  • The monitoring and maintenance of systems and controls for safety, security, key control and resident privacy  
  • Loan of lock out and special use keys  
  • Guest access, guest passes and resident sign-in  
  • Loan of moving carts 

For assistance with a facilities emergency that occurs during the weekend or after 5 pm Monday through Friday, please contact 215-898-7208.

Tips for


Pull the shower curtain inside the tub while you are showering to prevent leaks and flooding. In some of the showers, you may need to switch the spray from the faucet to the showerhead. To do so, pull or turn the small lever attached to the tub spout or pull the temperature control knob.

If your toilet overflows, turn the oval-shaped handle attached to the pipe in the back of the toilet. This can help prevent flooding until maintenance arrives.

Tips For

Food Disposal & Storage

Food waste should go in the trash. If you are cooking with oil or grease, put it in a container and let it harden, then dispose of it in the trash instead of pouring it down the sink, as it will cause a clog.

Use the trash chutes located on the east side of both Class of 1925 and Van Pelt to dispose of your trash bags. Please do not place the bags in the corridors on the floor. If the trash bag does not fit down the chute, please take it to the dumpsters located on the east exterior of Class of 1925 and Van Pelt.

Use plastic containers to store food and dispose of leftovers quickly to discourage pests.

Tips For

Electrical Outlets

The “tamper” resistant electrical receptacles have plastic shutters behind them. In order to get past the plastic shutters, wiggle the prongs of the item you are trying to plug in and insert the item at an angle with additional pressure.

Tips For


A dumbwaiter is a small freight elevator or lift designed to carry objects rather than people. They are located on the east side of both Class of 1925 and Van Pelt.  Instructions are found on the outside of the unit. If the dumbwaiter does not respond to a call to the floor, check each floor to make sure the doors to the dumbwaiter are closed before reporting the problem.

Tips For

Sprinklers & Smoke Detectors

Do not cover or hang anything from either the sprinkler or smoke detector – this could cause flooding and damage to your room.

Tips For


To open the window, you will need to open the access panel screen (some windows have handles on the access panel that need to be turned and others just need to be slid to the side), unlatch the window, and push the window open. Make sure the access panel in the screen is closed and secured at all times when your window is open. When your window is secured shut, be sure that the locking mechanism located next to the screen is facing downward, in the locked position.

Tips For

Heating & Cooling

Find the on/off and temperature buttons on your heating and cooling unit. Adjust the amount of air being blown with the Fan Speed icon by pressing it to show different parts of the fan blade and circle encasing it lit up. Use the up and down arrows to make it warmer or cooler in your room. It may take up to three minutes for the unit to kick in when the temperature is adjusted – please do not keep it maxed out.

When you raise the temperature set point in heating mode, the unit will run until the room reaches the desired temperature. If the temperature set point is lowered, the system will shut off until the room cools down naturally. It works the opposite in air conditioning mode.  Note that the unit will not activate unless the new temperature is greater than 3 degrees warmer or cooler than the current room temperature.  Please keep the set mode to half snowflake and half sun, which is the “Auto” position.  That setting will provide heating when the campus system is in the heat mode and cooling when the campus system is in the cool mode.

Please keep your windows closed while the air conditioning is running to prevent moisture in your room.

For best air circulation, it is recommended that furniture is not placed against the FCU.

Seasonal Heating + Air Conditioning
The FCU is a dual temperature system and will provide heat or air conditioning seasonally. Facilities and Residential Services controls when the system transitions from one to the other.