May 30, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


Summertime and FM is busy

Dear FM,

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable long weekend. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and while University academic activities downshift until most students return, in FM we are busier than ever. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of the ways our various teams capitalize on the “slow” season to accomplish our goals.

It’s probably no surprise that Landcare is very busy during the summer; this year they’ve hired more than 80 students to help. Projects include repairing winter damage by replacing thousands of square yards of turf, and adding 50 + trees and  hundreds of shrubs. And, over the next two weeks, Landcare crews will be planting roughly the equivalent of 1 acre of annual flowers in beds and planters across campus. In addition, the team is working to beautify the Pleasant Street entrance with the installation of an “M” planter, which will welcome campus visitors with a botanical ode to the U.

Landcare’s work also involves the careful stewardship of campus hardscaping and grounds. To that end, the team will be adding permeable bike parking in front of Akerman Hall, sweeping streets, and partnering with U construction to improve the planters on the West Bank Bridgehead Plaza. As part of their commitment to sustainability, they recently completed an urban meadow installation at the entrance to Fleet Services.  

Here are some of the larger summer efforts across the districts:

  • Skok Hall Ash Removal Restoration (St. Paul)
  • West Bank Bridgehead Planters
  • Territorial Hall East Side Foundation Plantings
  • Physics Nano Desire Line Repairs
  • Tate Lab Renovation Landscaping
  • Scott Hall Service Drive   

These projects and many others are scheduled to be completed before school starts. It’s an ambitious list; if you notice the landcare team out and about, stop and give them a ‘thank you’ for their hard work.

Have a great week,


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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.