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New automated emails part of Facilities Management's improved customer service

Western Today staff

Facilities Management at Western Washington University is beginning a new email response system for customers who submit work requests through the FAMIS self-service portal.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 15, FM will send automatic email responses to customers in three stages:


News and Views from Facilities - June 2013

Trash and recycling for most offices on campus is self-service when it comes to separating generated waste and emptying your personal office trash bin. By bringing waste to the central collection stations, employees have a more personal stake in recycling efforts, which helps Western reach its sustainability goals.

Work on the Fraser Hall renovation continues at a frantic pace with the goal of a fall reopening.

Construction of the multipurpose field on the south side of campus begins in mid-June. The project includes construction of an all-weather artificial turf field, bleachers, restroom facilities, field lighting, electrical service, utilities and associated facilities. Final completion of the field is scheduled for spring 2014.

This drawing shows the extent of the area in which repairs will be made to the roof of the Ross Engineering Technology building, starting in mid-June.

Arts Facilities Management crews have been working diligently over the past several weeks to cleanup and renew the ceramics spaces in the Arts Annex, helping the department modernize the facilities and generally sprucing up the learning environment.

Pictured here, from left to right, is the all-Western Ski-to-Sea team Managing to Maintain: Dave Andrews (kayak), Jason Sprinkle (downhill ski), Rick Nichols (mountain bike), Gary Hodge (road bike), John Furman (canoe), Greg Hough (canoe), Ty Holladay (run), and Paul Dunn (cross-country ski). The team represented Western in the Corporate Division, finishing 90th overall and 9th in the division.

John Furman / Rick Benner
Facilities Management / Facilities Development and Capital Budget

As spring quarter ends and much of campus starts thinking about their own summer plans, it’s a good time to let everyone know about what repair and construction work is planned for the summer. If you leave campus right after graduation and don’t return until fall, you might never even know some of this work happened!


News and Views from Facilities - April 2013

John Furman / Rick Benner
Facilities Management / Facilities Development and Capital Budget

As Spring Quarter begins, it’s a good time to remind students and staff about activities they may see around campus, and also remind them about cooperation we need as activities move outside onto our beautiful grounds. In the spirit of spring and things getting green, this month’s newsletter provides a lot of information on our Outdoor Maintenance Shop.

As always, if you are interested in receiving these notes personally rather than through Western Today, please email us (john.furman@wwu.edu) and we will place you on the distribution list.


News and views from Facilities: November 2012

John Furman/Rick Benner
facilities Management/Facilities Development and Capital Budget

This month’s focus is on our upcoming winter season and what you can expect during snow and icy conditions. We explain what our process is and what we consider when making recommendations and decisions, but it’s important for everyone to remember that safety is a personal choice! We have policies that accommodate personal concerns during inclement weather, and actions to keep campus open are not intended to supersede your own judgment.


Facilities Desk Notes, fall 2012

John Furman/Rick Benner
facilities Management/Facilities Development and Capital Budget

As summer winds to a close and campus construction starts to be displaced by students and faculty, it’s a good time to revive the Directors’ Desk Notes. We hope these notes provide information you find valuable, useful, and stimulate interest in what goes on behind the scenes as hundreds of support staff work to keep the campus functioning and attractive. If you have ideas for improvement or additional topics, please let us know!

John Furman, Director of Facilities Management
Rick Benner, Director of Facilities Development and Capital Budget


News and Views from Facilities, Vol. 1

John Furman and Rick Benner
Facilities Management and Facilities Development and Capital Budget

As summer winds to a close and campus construction starts to be displaced by students and faculty, it’s a good time to revive the Directors’ Desk Notes. We hope these notes provide information you find valuable and useful and stimulate interest in what goes on behind the scenes as hundreds of support staff work to keep the campus functioning and attractive. If you have ideas for improvement or additional topics, please let us know!

John Furman, Director of Facilities Management
Rick Benner, Director of Facilities Development and Capital Budget


Western working to increase energy efficiency on campus

Western Washington University students pass under the Academic Instructional Center skybridge on their ways to and from class. The AIC, along with the Environmental Studies Building and the Communications Facility (both in the background) and a number of other campus buildings, will undergo energy efficiency upgrades starting this spring. File photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

Western Today staff

Western Washington University is beginning a utility efficiency and improvement project in 21 academic buildings, the Wade King Student Recreation Center and four residence halls that will cut down on rising energy costs and lead to significant utility savings over time.

The utility improvements will include lighting controls, energy efficient lamps, insulation in attic spaces, HVAC controls, and water conservation.


WWU To Begin New Energy Efficiency Project

KGMI 790-AM
Western Washington University is looking to cut down on energy use on campus. The university is set to begin a utility efficiency and improvement project.

WWU to begin nearly $3.2 million energy-efficiency work

The Bellingham Herald
A nearly $3.2 million project to make 26 buildings at Western Washington University more energy-efficient is expected to begin in March. The university is using a state program called Energy Saving Performance Contracting to finance the work to reduce Western's annual use of electricity, gas, water and sewer. That reduction is expected to save $227,000 to $337,000 a year - the higher amount factors in inflation through 2024 - with the savings going to repay a $3.06 million bond.