August 7, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


August 7 roundup

Dear FM,

As we enter the second week of August, you can already feel autumn starting to sneak in with some crisp morning temperatures. I hope you can get out and still enjoy some more summertime activities in your time outside of work. This is also a time to recall that Welcome Week is only three weeks away, and students return to campus in four weeks. If your projects need to be completed before students return, please make those activities a priority; if you are concerned about having time and materials to complete those tasks, discuss with your supervisor now so we can adjust as needed.

Below are a few updates on some of our priorities.

Safety Nine teams recently reached 540 days without a lost time claim - the highest level of the safety incentive program. Congratulations to all, and THANK YOU for continuing to make safety a priority in your work.

Main Energy Plant update The month of July marks the first full month the Main Energy Plant’s combustion turbine has run continuously and during the month it chalked up savings of approximately $955,000 for the University. I’d like to call out the exemplary partnership between the district energy engineers and the utility engineers regarding energy conservation monitoring and how equipment is operated to keep the buildings comfortable. Because of their collaboration, we saw an additional $78,000 in avoided costs for the month. Excellent work, Energy Management team!

Wellness wrap-up Are you participating in the Wellness program? If so, you have less than a month to earn your points and see a significant benefit. I completed my points earlier this year and am still participating because it’s become a habit to be mindful about my health. Remember, you’ll save $400 on your 2018 insurance premiums if you complete activities worth 400 points by the end of August (families can earn a credit of $600 for 600 points). If you haven’t already, earn 150 points when you schedule a biometric screening by the end of the month. View available dates. For those who want to participate next year, the new program period begins in September.

Organics collection  This morning you may have seen new signage and organic waste collection bins around Donhowe and 1425 University. We are launching the organics recycling program as part of our commitment to sustainability and in response to student, faculty, and staff requests. The data we gather from the rollout in these two buildings, together with the information we’ve collected at the Food Ops building and the Humphrey Center, will help us introduce organics recycling to other buildings on campus. Thanks to all who are helping to support this pilot program.

FM Waste Management and Sustainability teams hosted “Doughnuts to Dirt” in the Donhowe lobby to promote organics recycling.
Have a great week,


Weekly Notes

  • Respectful Workplace  Over the next year, University Services will focus on developing training to support and enhance a respectful work environment. To help us gather data, please complete an anonymous survey by August 16. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Ann Durushia at 612-626-0291
  • 4th St. Parking Ramp Change The 4th Street Ramp will no longer offer the Early Bird rate as of Tuesday, August 15. The program remains available at the four other locations: East River Road Garage, Oak Street Ramp, 21st Avenue Ramp and Gortner Avenue Ramp.
  • FM in the news
    • Elevator program manager Dan Anderson was interviewed in the June issue of Elevator World. You can read the article on page 92 of the digital issue of the magazine.
    • Finance and Commerce magazine interviewed Shane Stennes, Director of Sustainability, about the University’s commitment to renewable energy.
  • FM website Have you visited our site recently? This week, you can read about Goldy’s chair,  learn what three employees think about the EAM project so far, view profiles of farmers you might visit at the U Farmers Market, and peruse pictures from the FM picnic.
  • Call for photos! Take a picture of something FM-related and send to Christie Wells to be included on the FM website or in the Weekly. Whether it’s a picture of an employee or team at work, a group activity or a beautiful aspect of our campus, we’d love to share your photo with the rest of the team.

Bill Paulus the interim AVP for FM
Bill Paulus is the interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. He regularly publishes memos to communicate information and issues that affect FM staff.