Facilities Management Summer Projects: Business As Usual

Summer 2013 is underway and it is business as usual with Facilities Management working the summer months to ensure university facilities and grounds are made ready for the fall semester.

Starting in late spring, Facilities Management began the process of summer project development and implementation in preparation for the return of the students in the fall. This comprehensive process began with a campus project all-call, pre-planning, budgeting, project meetings, contract preparation and execution, and strategic coordination by the facilities project management teams. By the end of the summer, every area of campus will have been impacted.

This year, summer FM projects cover the gamut from:  general classroom refresh and painting; wayfinding and signage refresh and replacement; repairing water leaks and damage; ceiling tile replacement; installing sustainable waste and recycling receptacles; asbestos abatement; and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and fire and life safety compliance requirements.  The project highlights list provided below is a small sampling of the many campus projects that are planned throughout the summer and is intended to help provide an overview of activities that will occur as Facilities Management continues to make the campus ready. 

FM Summer Project Data
Total Projects Completed To Date 5
Total Projects Ongoing 90
Total Projects During Summer Months      95
Total Budget Expenditure $16.6 million


Project Highlights for summer 2013

Interior Projects

  • Replacement of ceiling tiles, Technology Annex
  • Remodeling and renovations of restrooms, Technology Annex
  • Restroom renovation, MD Anderson Library
  • General life safety upgrades, CRWC
  • Roof membrane replacement, CRWC
  • Locker replacement, CRWC
  • Commons area renovations, Bauer Honors College
  • General refresh of restrooms, elevators, and lobby areas, S&R1
  • Lab conversion, refresh, HVAC and code compliance, S&R1 and S&R2
  • Classrooms renovation, Lamar Fleming, Jr.
  • Asbestos abatement and floor repair, S&R1, PGH, Health Center
  • ADA doors and sinks replacement, Bates Law, Cullen College of Engineering
  • Renovations, general renewal and upgrades, Bayou Oaks Complex
  • Stage preparation, rigging, seating renovation and repair, Alley Theater
  • Office and conference room addition, including furnishings, Melcher Hall
  • HVAC repair and installation, Moody Towers
  • Elevator modernization and refurbish, Moody Towers
  • Fire and life safety to include --
    • Stairwells and means of egress, E. Cullen, S&R2, Roy Cullen
    • Replace chiller and calibrate breaker, Computing Center
    • Flow and hydrostatic testing, campus-wide
    • Fire hydrant testing, campus-wide
  • Installation of recording booth, MD Anderson Library
  • Replacement of chalk boards, Cullen College of Engineering
  • Classroom refresh and project cleaning, campus-wide
  • Painting project, campus-wide
  • Light bulb and light fixture replacement and cleaning, campus-wide

Exterior Projects

  • Parking lot maintenance and repair, resurface and seal coating, campus-wide
  • Cullen fields renovations
  • ADA pool compliance, CRWC
  • Volleyball court repair, Athletics
  • Installation of BigBelly© solar-powered waste and recycling receptacles, campus-wide
  • Structural repair and brick replacement, Optometry
  • Wayfinding and facility sign replacement and repair, campus-wide
  • General grounds and landscaping repairs to bare spots and walkways, campus-wide

As stewards of the university’s buildings and grounds, it is the continued goal of Facilities Management to ensure a quality environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and community service.

If you would like to know more about the FM projects planned for summer 2013, please contact Shannon Jones, Director, sejones3@Central.UH.EDU, or Sameer Kapileshwari, Interim Executive Director, 713-743-5797, SAKapileshwari@Central.UH.EDU.

To learn more about the programs and services of Facilities Management, please visit the Plant Operations website at http://uh.edu/plantops/departments/fm/ or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UniversityOfHoustonPlantOperations.

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