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Facilities and University Apartments Accomplishments

Chronological Project History

  1. Discontinued supplying toilet tissue and cleaning private and connecting bathrooms, which resulted in a savings of four FTE positions.
  2. Reorganized Facilities Maintenance to create Zone Shops, created 2nd Shift, started hiring trades staff as Multicrafted Technicians, hired Project Manager, Safety Specialist and Construction Coordinator.
  3. Consolidated University Apartments under one Manager, shifted all reservation and contracting to that office, started contracting apartment cleaning and grounds maintenance, which created a more self-supporting operation and resulted in a savings of six FTE positions.
  4. Developed long-term Deferred Maintenance Master Plan, with capital project funding of approximately $100 million over 15 years.
  5. Created and installed numerous art-related projects, including the Longhorn Art Series, the Gallery of Great Texas Women, the Gallery of Texas Cultures and the Gallery of Texas Rivers.
  6. Managed $30 million in capital projects related to fire safety, including installation of fire sprinklers in all residence halls and new addressable fire alarm systems.
  7. Partnered with Facilities Services to implement a new automated work order and maintenance inventory system (FAMIS), which includes a preventative maintenance module and an interface to allow residents and staff to enter service requests on line.
  8. Constructed two new residence halls, San Jacinto Residence Hall and Almetris Duren Residence Hall.
  9. Upgraded security in the residence halls by creating a video surveillance program, instituting a Floor Master initiative to restrict access to building master keys, and expanded and renamed the Security Services shop.
  10. Began implementing the New Jester Master Plan by renovating residential floors, including student rooms, study spaces, and community and connecting bathrooms.
  11. Implemented and subsequently expanded a recycling program in the residence halls and offices for students and staff.
  12. Implemented numerous energy conservation initiatives, including lighting and plumbing retrofits, steam trap repairs and incorporating sustainability efforts into all construction projects.
  13. Began replacement of air handling units in Jester Center to replace old inefficient units (22 total units) with state-of-the-art highly efficient units that utilize energy recovery and include digital controls.
  14. Implemented an in-house bedbug response program. Trained and certified staff for Non-Commercial Pest Control licensing. Purchased a trailer and heaters for bed bug treatment.
  15. Created a Student Development Specialist position at the University Apartments for increased programs for residents and families.
  16. Implemented single-stream recycling for paper, aluminum and plastics.
  17. Installed compressor rack systems for Food Service operations to provide backup systems and to prevent outages and lost product.
  18. Created an online process for issuing keys, including acknowledgment of key use procedure.
  19. Adding digital controls to our heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as we renovate for energy control/efficiency and resident comfort.
  20. Created a bicycle program to reduce the use of motorized vehicles.

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