The Continuing Adventures of Facilities Management
Although Facilities Management (FMD) did not do any huge projects this summer like they have for the past two summers with the library and Dining Commons, the department has been working non-stop on other smaller projects. Many of these projects were not that noticeable, but people would definitely have noticed if they had not been completed.
In order to comply with fire marshal regulations, FMD tackled two large projects. The fire alarm system in all of Newton Hall was replaced. It was a big project which could have left Newton Hall uninhabitable by students this year, but the FMD electricians were able to get the job done after working 6 days a week for many weeks. FMD also replaced all the doors in Fisher Hall to meet fire codes.
They replaced over 23,000 square feet of roofs this summer on the Flight Center and Fisher, Nichol, McReynolds, and Winning Halls. With nearly 600,000 square feet of roof and a life expectancy of 25 to 35 years, all of our roofs must be replaced every once in a while to prevent leaks and other damage.
As they do most summers, FMD had a lot of painting to do. One of our most noticeable projects was the repainting of the east side of Winning Hall, which really made a difference on the building's appearance. They also repainted the entire Public Safety building, the back of the TLC building, and the front entry exterior of West Hall. Parking spots, curbs, lanes, and handrails were also touched up or repainted this summer.
Theatergoers and performers will be glad to hear that the entire top floor of Stauffer Hall now has air conditioning. Be sure to catch the next theater performance in the Alice Holst Theater so you can experience the new, cooler environment!
Many of the old chalkboards in Irwin Hall were replaced with whiteboards, and three of the history department offices were painted, re-carpeted, and now have both heating and air conditioning.
Our most exciting project this summer was done in the enrollment department in Graf Hall. The entire lobby area has been remodeled with new paint, new carpet, and all new furniture including a beautiful reception desk.
FMD also tackled another electrical project this summer that involved switching out an old 12,000 volt transformer at McReynolds Hall with a new one. They were blessed with an easy switch over that resulted in very few power interruptions to the campus.
The FMD team hopes you enjoy their work over the coming school year! In the meantime, they'll keep working on projects both big and small to ensure that PUC continues to be the most beautiful, comfortable, and functional campus it can be.