Facilities Services Realignment
Why Facilities Services Is Reorganizing
In response to budgetary challenges over the past two years, Facilities Services has implemented strategies to serve our clients while reducing our annual operating expenditures and aligning services more closely with the university mission. The department also has a university mandate to self-fund a 2% contingency reserve. Although Facilities Services has adjusted some operations on both the Main Campus and PRC, more strategic shifts are necessary to meet the challenge of accomplishing the department mission with fewer resources.
Seeking opportunities to reduce costs, conserve resources, and strengthen the organization, Facilities Services identified several efficiencies that can be achieved by realignment.
Changes in Reporting
These changes will be phased in beginning in May 2012:
- PRC's Architectural & Engineering Services/Project Planning & Management branch will transfer from Facilities Services to the Project Management & Construction Services department.
- PRC's chilling stations and other utilities such as high voltage electrical and outside piping will report to Facilities Maintenance before transfering to the Utilities & Energy Management department in the future.
- Cleaning services at PRC and Dell Pediatric Institute (DPI) will be provided through partnership with a contractor. Main Campus Custodial Services will manage the contract and absorb PRC and DPI custodial employees.
- Main Campus Landscape Services will assume management of landscaping at PRC.
- Main Campus Facilities Maintenance will assume management of maintenance at PRC. PRC Maintenance will become a Facilities Maintenance zone.
These changes enable increased sharing of best practices between Main Campus and PRC and enhance technical support to PRC. They also allow Facilities Services to focus more on its core mission.
With this realignment, some PRC positions are no longer needed and will be eliminated. These include three management-level positions: Associate Director (vacant), Support Services Manager, and Maintenance Manager. Six supervisory positions are also being eliminated (five filled).
Employees whose positions are eliminated may remain in those positions through August 31, 2012, and they will receive special consideration in hiring.
All employees whose positions are being eliminated have been notified; no other filled positions will be eliminated at this time.
This realignment is expected to reduce annual costs for Facilities Services by approximately $500,000. In addition, the changes will save the university close to $190,000 in centrally-funded fringe benefits.
Facilities Services will continue to seek ways to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. As changes occur, updates will be posted on this Web site.
Additional Information: Open Forums
Employees were invited to attend one of these forums on May 8th if they had questions or concerns. Select the links below to read minutes of those meeting.
- 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., TCC Auditorium 1.110 (Spanish translator was available)
- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., TCC Auditorium 1.110 (Spanish translator and Sign Language interpreters were available)