Welcome to FM
Facilities Management's mission is to provide a safe, functional, clean, and welcoming campus. A department of University Services, Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the physical assets of the University to ensure a quality environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and outreach. Visit our Success Stories page for more information about how FM is working to advance President Kaler’s ... Read more
Employee Engagement Results
Earlier this month, FM Supervisors participated in a two hour workshop on employee engagement. As follow up to this workshop, your supervisor or manager will hold meetings (if they have not already done so) with staff to review the 2014 survey results that are specific to each team or work group. In those meetings, you’ll be asked to clarify issues, strengths, and concerns, and to help identify one or two areas for the team to work over the coming year to improve engagement. My goal is that feedback meetings are informative, open, and constructive for everyone.
During the workshop,... Read more
New Chief Administrative Officer
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Elizabeth Wroblewski has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer!
As many of you know, since May 2013 FM's Chief Administrative Officer position has been filled on an interim basis. Earlier this spring we started a competitive search for someone to fill that role on an ongoing basis. The search committee was fortunate to receive responses from many well qualified applicants from across the country. Elizabeth was selected as a result of a thorough review and interview process.
Many of you may know Elizabeth or may... Read more
New Sustainability Director and Team Manager
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Shane Stennes has accepted the position of Sustainability Director for Campus Operations.
Shane has served as the University Services Sustainability Coordinator since 2010 and added to this - serving as the Interim Chief Administrative Officer for FM since 2013. He was advanced by a search committee as a finalist from a large and qualified applicant list.
Shane will be the first person to serve in this newly re-organized role. Amy Short served until 2014 as the University... Read more
Finals May 9 - 16
I just want to remind everyone that we will be working with our partners from the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) over the next week to provide students and faculty with a great finals experience.
The final exam period runs from Saturday, May 9 through Saturday, May 16. Study days will take place on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. During these study days, all weekend buildings will be open from 7 am to 10 pm. Final exams are scheduled for May 11 - 16. During this time please have all classroom buildings prepared and ready to go by 7:00 am.
University access hours for... Read more
Pleasant Street Reconstruction
With the start of summer break, the University will begin a major street reconstruction of Pleasant Street from University Avenue to Arlington Street. The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 18 and will significantly impact the U of M campus throughout the summer months.
As part of the Pleasant Street reconstruction, 52 trees – primarily ash trees – will be removed. While the tree removal is regrettable and will certainly be noticeable, those trees will ultimately be replaced by 54 trees and will allow for the installation of cutting-edge boulevard tree plantings, utilizing... Read more
Preparing Buildings for Summer
FM Website Changes
This year, the University is replacing the software used to manage content on University websites. In anticipation of this change Facilities Management staff have been in the process of moving our website from the current software, UM Content, to the new software system, Drupal. I am pleased to announce the move is complete and the FM website - facm.umn.edu - is now being manged with the new Drupal software. Web content managers linking to facm.umn.edu resources should review links as URLs may have changed with the... Read more
Minor Changes to FM Employees' Pay and Vacation Entry from Upgrade
As you may have heard, the University is implementing a major upgrade of PeopleSoft software on April 10. PeopleSoft is used by the University to manage human resource, financial, and student information. As part of this upgrade, you recently received a message from Kathy Brown, Vice President of Human Resources, stating that payroll timekeeping is moving to PeopleSoft, except for University Services. Facilities Management falls under the University Services group and you will continue to use Compass for time entry, so you can disregard emails from OHR or the PeopleSoft upgrade project... Read more
March 2015 FM Employee Service Anniversaries
The dedication of FM's long-standing employees is clear when you look at the many years of service that they have provided the University of Minnesota. It is with great appreciation that we recognize the following employees for reaching their respective milestones of service. Thank you all and keep up the good work!
30 Years... Read more