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FAQ - Life at ACP

If you can't find the information you're looking for, please contact the Reception desk at x3000 or Debbie Dillon (, x3105.


Bike lockers

ACP has eight bike lockers for use by employees on a first come, first serve basis.  Prior to using a locker, you will need to sign a waiver.  After you have read and signed the waiver, take it to the Reception Desk.  The Receptionist will give you the combination to the lock box.  The lock box is located near the lockers and contains the locker keys.  Bike lockers are for daily use only.  If you have any problems with the lockers, contact the Reception Desk x3002 or Debbie Dillon  x3015.


Events and art exhibits

Several times a year the ACP Events Committee arranges events (picnic, luncheon, desserts, etc.) where all employees can socialize.  Employees will be notified of events via e-mail as well as posters placed in the pantries.  In addition, the committee sponsors various drives for donations during the year to support local organizations (food, school supplies, animal shelters and families in need).

Twice a year, ACP exhibits artwork inspired by current trends in science as well as technology, medicine and mathematics.  This artwork is exhibited in the lobby level conference rooms, hallways and rotunda.  There is a gallery talk and reception whenever the artwork is changed.  ACP employees are invited and encouraged to attend.  Information about the artwork can be found on the Art@ACP page

See upcoming events.


Fitness center

The ACP Fitness Room is located on the lobby level on the east side of the building next to the ACP Technology Center.  It is available for employee use from 7:00am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday.  You will need your access card to enter the locker room or to enter the Fitness Room from the outside door.  

Men's and women's locker rooms are equipped with lockers and showers.  Please note that lockers are for daily use only.

The equipment room has a rowing machine, two treadmills, two ellipticals, one lateral elliptical, two spin bikes, a dual lat pull/mid row, a dual cable gym and a Smith-dual action.  In addition there are dumbells, plates, kettleballs, exerballs, exertubes, jump ropes and mats.  There is water in the Fitness Room for employee use as well as anti-bacterial wipes for use on the equipment. Equipment is maintained through a service agreement and is inspected for safe and proper operation on a quarterly basis.

Prior to using the Fitness Room for the first time, you will need to sign a waiver. Please read the Fitness Center Rules,  complete and sign the waiver and give it to your Human Resources department.  After receipt of the signed waiver, your access card will be changed to include the Fitness Room.

If you prefer to get exercise outside, many employees walk on the sidewalk around the ellipse.  Walking around the ellipse three times is approximately one mile.


Holiday schedule

All employees receive nine paid holidays each year.  Depending on the days of the week on which Christmas and New Years are celebrated, two additional holidays may be added.  The holiday schedule for the following year is announced in the fall.  Personal days and/or additional holidays vary by Society.  You will be notified of those dates by your Society. 


Lunch Room

The lunch room is located on the lobby level on the west side of the building about half way down the hallway on the left.  In the cafeteria area you will find plates, cutlery, salt/pepper, tea bags, hot chocolate and cups.  There is an ice machine, several microwaves and a toaster oven.  Please cover your food when using the microwaves and clean any spills.

When the weather is nice many employees eat lunch at the tables on the patio or in the courtyard.  The patio tables can be accessed through the lunch room doors.  The courtyard tables can be accessed through the hallway doors near the lunch room.  If you go outside please make sure you bring your access card with you.  You will need it to enter the building.

There may be times when the lunch room will be used for a meeting and will not be available.  On these occasions you will receive a building wide e-mail indicating the date and time the lunch room will not be available.  


Pantry service

Office Services staff stocks and maintains all pantries in the building.  ACP provides items for a beverage service to employees free of charge.  Each pantry has a Keurig machine with eight types of coffee.  In addition, there are five flavors of tea bags and three kinds of hot chocolate.  You will also find skim and whole milk, half and half, sugar, creamer, stir sticks, napkins, cups, plastic knives, forks, spoons and other items.  Pantries are stocked daily.  Extra items can be found in the labeled cupboards. 

Each of the pantries has a refrigerator, microwave(s) and toaster oven for use by employees.  The appliances are owned by the society.  As a courtesy to your coworkers please clean any spills on counters and don’t leave food in the sink.  We also ask that you cover food when using the microwaves and clean any spills.  Office Services periodically cleans the refrigerators and freezers.

Should something be missing or need to be reported, please contact Office Services:   x3002   x3105


Phone system

How to get an outside line
In order to place an outside call you must first dial 8 before dialing the 10 digit phone number.

How to make an internal call
To place calls within the building dial the four digit extension of the person you’d like to reach. 
Four digit calling also can be used to reach the APS Ridge office and the AIP Publishing Melville office.

Are there land lines in the building?
Yes.  There are several analogue phone lines and phones on each floor of the building.   These are for use in an emergency if the office digital phone lines fail.

Conference phones
All conference rooms have Polycom and Alcatel phones.  Use the Polycom phones for conference calls.  Instructions for making a conference call can be found in the conference rooms. A list of phone extensions for the conference room phones is also in each of the conference rooms.

See the Files and Forms page for Conference Call Instructions and a list of Conference Room Phones with extensions.


Property management and site engineers

Our property management company is Cushman & Wakefield.  There are two engineers on site Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:30pm. Victor Garrett or Paulino Gomez will respond to any issues related to the building (office/workstation temperature, spills, water leaks, restrooms, elevators, etc.).  They should be contacted if you see a suspicious person on the property or in the event of an emergency.

Contact Victor at 301-209-3014 or Paulino at 301-209-3377.  If you are unable to reach Victor or Paulino, contact Debbie Dillon  301-209-3105.


Snack machines

There are three  machines are located in the outer area of the lunch room -- one snack machine and two cold beverage machines.  The machines accept cash and credit cards (fee is charged). 

If you lose money or experience problems with any of the machines, contact the Reception Desk at / x3000 or Debbie Dillon at / x3105.
You will receive a refund for money lost in the machine.


University of Maryland ID Card

A UMD ID card allows you to access library services.  You can also use the card for campus recreation services at discounted rates. 

You will need to complete the Affiliate Data Collection Form.