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  • Facilities Management: Safe. Reliable. Welcoming.

    Mike Berthelsen with custodians

    Facilities Management is responsible for managing the physical assets such as the grounds, buildings and the energy needs of the Twin Cities campus at the University of Minnesota. It’s a big job for a campus that sprawls out over 900 acres and contains a diverse mix of historically significant buildings as well as new, state-of-the-art, high-tech facilities. We work behind the scenes to make sure our campus is welcoming, reliable, and safe for all who study, work and visit here.

  • Mike's Memo: EAM

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM,

    All of us in FM on the Twin Cities campus use the software tool Compass in some way. It is our primary way to track and schedule our work. Originally installed in the early 90’s, it is quite old (think of what cell phones were like in 1993!) and ready to be replaced with something much better. For the last several years we have been preparing, researching and planning through our Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) program.

    Last month we reviewed bids by 10 different companies to install a new system for us and asked 4 of them to come to campus in July to demonstrate... Read more

  • Do It Yourself Wellness

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM,

    The August 31 deadline for the wellness health incentive is fast approaching. Please login to your Stay Well portal to ensure that all of your points have been accounted for over the last year. If you are missing anything, please write before August 19.

    If you need an extra 50 points, there is an option to report an activity of your own. Anything health/wellness related that you... Read more

  • 4th of July and Ramadan

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM,

    I have been reflecting on several traditions lately.

    Fourth of July

    We live in a time where the world is more inter-connected than ever. Communication and technology enable us to know about what is happening across the country and across the world. The world also has people on the move in unprecedented patterns of immigration – some seeking opportunity and others seeking safety. For the United States – this is not new. We are a mixture of legacies and most of us are descendants of people from all over the globe. Next week is the Fourth of... Read more