January 24, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


One Way FM Supports Research at the U

Dear FM,

This week I want to share with you a story that makes me proud to be part of the University of Minnesota and appreciative of how FM employees deliver on our mission to provide a safe, welcoming and reliable campus.

Last week, our North Campus District team received alarms that CO2 levels in two research buildings were dangerously low. CO2 is used to control specific atmospheric mixtures in research incubators, and therefore plays a critical role supporting research in many of our labs. Over the course of 20 hours from Friday evening into early Saturday afternoon, the team determined that the CO2 had frozen into dry ice, caused by rapidly dropping outside air temperatures. They quickly worked to implement an effective solution.

I want to give a huge thanks to the following people who worked Friday and Saturday on this issue: Dan Borash, Tim Conlon, Chet Grabowski, Tom Hill, Cheryl Miller, Rick Swanson, Dave Wahl and Mark Weber. Thanks also to Mike Garza and Dave Hutton, who were present on Saturday to offer management support as needed. This event is a great example of how our FM teams live our values of safety, teamwork, accountability, resourcefulness and service. Whether through an emergency response like last week or by completing routine maintenance, FM helps ensure the progress and success of research across the University. If you know of an example of FM’s outstanding work, please share your story.

School is back in full swing, reminding me of the excellent opportunity U employees have to take advantage of the Regents Scholarship, which provides employees with free or significantly reduced tuition. I’ve heard of several FM employees who take advantage of this incredible benefit. If you are one of them, I invite you to send a few words about your experience. With your permission, they may be included in a future article about FM’s participation in the program.

Have a great week.


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.