We are familiar with the basic services provided by Facilities Management to support the university. We provide custodial, maintenance, energy management, waste management, project management and other functions on a daily basis. Today I want to highlight how a lesser known activity involving FM directly supports the U’s Driven to Discover: Living Lab.
Living Lab is an opportunity for students and faculty to use outdoor campus space for hands-on learning, demonstration projects, and research. The program wouldn’t be possible without our support. FM departments such as Districts, Landcare, Waste Recovery Services, the Sign Shop and Water Utilities help facilitate and provide resources to Living Lab participants. Our contributions range from procurement of construction and plant materials to adjusting irrigation systems and delivering mulch and compost. Applications are submitted each year, and a committee convenes Friday to approve a new batch of projects. It may seem odd that projects are approved in November, but we need time to complete design and planning to get started in the spring. Learn about Living Lab here.
Look for the Living Lab signs around campus to see research and education in action and be proud to know we are closely connected to these activities. Some examples:
- Community garden on west bank between Wilson Library and the 21st Avenue Ramp.
- Horticulture Department display garden in front of Alderman Hall.
- Rapson Hall rain garden.
- Low maintenance turf grass on the St. Paul Campus.
- Check out this photo of Austin Geist, Sign Shop painter, in the Office of Human Resources’ Benefits newsletter. (Also on MyU Portal for Open Enrollment)
- Star Performer nominations are due today.
- Advice on benefits updates for Open Enrollment is available for all shifts:
- Nov. 14, Landcare Building muster room, 9:30 pm
- Nov. 16, (St. Paul) FM Building, room 215, 5 pm
- Nov. 17, (West Bank) Blegen Hall, room 425 5 pm
- Nov. 28, 29, 30, Donhowe room 317, 8 am - 4:30 pm
- University All-Staff meetings continue this week:
- Nov. 15, 3-210 Keller Hall 7:30 - 8:30 am (early morning)
- Nov. 16, 2-650 Moos Tower, 1 - 2 pm
- Nov. 17, B45 Ruttan Hall, 10 - 11 pm (late evening)
Have a great week.