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The records department which has historically been organized under Engineering is a division-wide (really university-wide) service and should be positioned in the organization as a division/university-wide service.
Overall the campus looks great and its nice to see the progress each time I return to East Lansing. However I have a few suggestions as alum who wants our campus to measure up to some others Ive visited. Dem Hall is an eyesore. New windows and doors would dramatically clean up the exterior of the building. I would tear it down but I realize we still need it. Jenison is an example of exterior restoration. The parking garage next to the computer center could be rebuilt to match the stately brick buildings on campus. Last, the old power plant on Shaw looks awful and it occupies prime space. Im sure its filled with toxins and demo would be costly but its got to happen. Thanks and Go Green!
Why do we have to go to Campus Infrastructure Planning Work Group (CIPWG) three times for every project that goes before the Board of Trustees? CIPWG typically is most interested in new construction, renovations to buildings that change their appearance to the rest of the campus community, and roads. Rather than slow down all of the projects that may not interest CIPWG (or encroach on authority levels), why not only take major projects that meet the above criteria?
Does Facilities Planning and Space Management (FPSM) meet with all the building occupants to try to get a handle on the planned renovations to possibly be more cost effective and energy efficient? In some of the older buildings there are several departments that send in separate service requests that would be more efficient submitted together.
Has anyone looked at other universities to see who uses project managers through the whole construction process versus using design representatives and construction representatives? Ohio State University has tried both. It would be helpful to hear their thoughts on the pros and cons of both methods.
It would be nice to hear Ron Flinn and/or others talk about the history of the Physical Plant and why we are set up the way we are. For example, why are design representatives and project representatives established the way they are?
Will anyone be evaluating why some campus customers refuse to use interior design services from Residential and Hospitality Services? Or why they choose to use that service outside the university? Should it be a post-occupancy evaluation topic for Campus Planning and Administration?
In order to present a better image for the power plant, we should paint it green and white and also add a huge image of Sparty on the building itself. It would be a draw for visitors (“Get your picture taken next to the giant Sparty painting”) and combat some of the negative coverage the power plant receives in the media.
Have a building manager or complex manger for every building on campus. This person would be the primary contact for all work requested in the building(s). All departments and associated employees housed in the building would route all requests through this person.
I recommend a table on the Engineering and Architectural Services website indicating who is working on what project (estimator, design representative, consultant, and project representative.)