Here is a quick snapshot update of the many operations initiatives currently underway on campus. Below is the information I shared at the August 30th, All Staff Meeting.
I will continue to strive to update you regularly. As always, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
New Allied Health: New allied health building construction postponed one biennium resulting in further tightening of space on campus and lack of state of the art training areas for our health care students. Planned funding has been postponed to 2011-13 biennium.
Hospitality: New hospitality institute replacement construction project (includes demolition of 18 and 22) is postponed, construction timeframe unknown. The postponement of the construction of this facility translates into the college being unable to replace two 1940-era facilities with a state of the art institute to house our outstanding culinary, computer and information systems security, as well as electronic fire and security programs.
Campus investments: Because we were able to secure $1.7 million last year in emergency appropriations to repair Building 14 we are now playing catch up and implementing nearly four years of much needed repairs on campus, totaling $2.260.000 of state capital funding investment on the Lakewood Campus. These contracts will be finalized before the end of November so that they will not be in jeopardy of being returned to the State.
Facilities Director, Mike Anderson and I are keeping these projects and others which I will discuss in a moment. These projects include:
- Upgrading original electrical and heating elements in Building 5
- Making mechanical upgrades to Buildings 10, 11, 22, 31
- Replacing the exterior of Building 19 and upgrading the second floor HVAC system in 19
- Replacing the HVAC system in Building 14
Building 15/ Roofers: The Cabinet has at this time set aside local (excess tuition revenues) funds to transform the former kitchen in Building 15 into a general purpose science lab for high school and college students. In addition, we are partnering with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Council of the Roofers to renovate Building 6 to house the Roofers Apprenticeship program next year.
Looking to the future: Since being asked to step into this role over a year ago, I have been working with the president and facilities team to find energy savings and efficiencies in all of our projects. We have made small steps toward doing so, including adding insulation on Building 14 when the roof was replaced a few months ago, placing recycling bins throughout campus, etc.
On a much larger scale, we will be auditing the energy usage for the 1980 – era buildings at the core of our campus including Buildings 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19. We are in need of an energy efficiency make over which will begin this fall with comprehensive energy usage auditing through the State’s Energy Services Performance Contracting program by hiring an Energy Services Company (or ESCO), offered through the state General Administration office.
Our goal is to identify significant energy savings through targeted facilities improvements and then borrow against the quoted savings to make energy efficiency upgrades. We will also apply next month for matching energy efficiency funds through a Department of Commerce grant. The bottom line is that we are anticipating making important energy efficiency upgrades to our aging facilities without impacting the College’s bottom line.
Vice President for Operations & College Relations