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
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 the U.S. construction industry was made up of only 9% women. In the future, this will not be the case if Kristia Davern has anything to do with it. Kristia is committed to bringing more women into the construction field and retaining them. As the Minneapolis - St. Paul President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Kristia leads a group of about 20 women from all areas of the construction industry and oversees professional, educational and business opportunities. “I like getting to know lots of different people... Read more
Energy Management Receives CenterPoint Innovation Award
On June 3, CenterPoint Energy presented the University of Minnesota’s Energy Management department with the Most Innovative Project of the Year award for the Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP), which is currently under construction on the East Bank campus. Through the CHP, the University will generate electricity for use in University buildings and then use the heat from electricity generation to create steam for heating campus facilities. Typically these processes, electricity and steam generation, are done in separate facilities many miles apart, which results in energy waste.... 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
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
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
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