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Author: Robyn Pierce, Director of Facilities & Planning
Posted: December 15, 2007
Words of Wisdom
“Change is one thing, progress is another. ‘Change’ is scientific, ‘progress’ is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.”

by Bertrand Russell

The Facilities & Planning department is a service organization made up of skilled technicians, craftsmen, operators and support staff charged with the responsibility for operating, maintaining and improving University buildings, grounds, utilities, and related services. We also manage the construction of new buildings and major renovations.

I am Robyn Pierce, the Director of Facilities & Planning (FAP). I have worked at Portland State for six years and been part of the growth that added 1.5 million square feet of space to the campus footprint through the construction of Stephen E. Epler Hall, The Native American Student and Community Center, The Broadway, The Engineering Building, and purchase of the University Place Hotel and Conference Center.

PSU is a big place and we need your help to manage it. Please let us know if you see something broken or not working well. You can contact our Workorder Center on the web at or by telephone at 5-4925. We also appreciate your stewardship in reducing waste and conserving resources. PSU through FAP spends over $6 million annually for energy.

It's an exciting time for us having been authorized $178 million in capital projects, some long-awaited, for the 2007-09 Biennium. Of this, $10 million is dedicated to capital repair, including several roof replacement projects you will see in the summer. Below are the major capital projects we are working on from the 2007-09 and 2005-07 State capital allocations for our campus.

The Academic and Student Recreation Center is coming up out of the ground at the sight of the former PCAT building. This new Center is a collaborative partnership with the Students of Portland State University, the Graduate School of Social Work, the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission, the Oregon University System, and future retail tenants. This six story facility will provide much needed student recreation space in addition to a new home for the Graduate School of Social Work. New instructional auditoriums will be located in the lower level. The Center will also house the City Archives, the Chancellor's Office and a variety of retail service providers. Completion is planned for Fall 2009.

Campus Loop - We are managing the design and construction of the extension of chilled water and steam distribution systems to the new ASRC, Shattuck Hall and connection to the West Heating Plant. We are also installing a new 750 ton chiller in the Cramer Hall central plant to increase our campus cooling capacity. Total project cost is $7 million and SJO Consulting Engineers is providing design services.

Science Building 2 Renovation and Upgrades - We are managing the design and construction of a $46 million renovation of the Science 2 building. The State funded $26 million in deferred maintenance funds for stabilization and other infrastructure improvements in the building. Gifts and bond funds make up the balance of the funding package. In addition to upgrading the seismic and HVAC infrastructure of the building, we also plan on constructing a new hazardous waste processing and storage facility and improving instructional space and increased research capacity in the building. We are interviewing Architects for this project.

Shattuck Hall - Construction started in September, and work is scheduled to be complete prior to fall term 2008. The total project budget is $13.9 million. This project is primarily a seismic and systems renovation. Projects funded independently for Shattuck include build-out of spaces for Architecture Department spaces, CPSO, and for the relocation of the art kiln from Neuberger Hall.

Lincoln Hall - PSU received $29.2 million in State deferred maintenance funding. An Architect has been selected and contract negotiations are underway. We are working with FADM staff to locate temporary space for all Lincoln Hall occupants. Lincoln Hall will be vacated after summer term 2008, and hazardous materials abatement will follow. The Project is primarily a seismic and systems renovation, with additional programmatic elements added as fund-raising permits by the Fine & Performing Arts Department. Project completion is scheduled for fall 2010.

The Walk of the Heroines project is funded mostly by donations and a 2003 contribution from the students through the Student Building Fee fund. With funding finally in place, the final design is nearly complete, and a contractor has been selected. Construction is scheduled to start later in January 2008, and the project completion is anticipated to be May 2008. This project will create an urban park honoring women on the vacated portion of Harrison Street, between 10th and 11th adjacent to Hoffman Hall and the Millar Library.

FAP is organized around two main functional areas: Maintenance and Administrative/Project Management. Our maintenance division provides repair and preventive maintenance services, and is comprised of four departments: Building Maintenance and Signage, Electrical, Systems and the Work Order Center. We also have an in-house construction workgroup for small remodels generally under $1 million in value.

Our administrative and project management functions include Construction Management; Contracts; Finance; Info Technology; Custodial; Environmental Health & Safety; Sustainability; Landscape & Grounds; Mail/Shipping/Surplus; Reception/Key Issuance; and Stores.

The staff in FAP staff are dedicated to the University community and to student success. We recognize the impact our facilities and campus environment has on our students and campus visitors. The students on campus today represent our future; it is our responsibility to ensure we reduce barriers and provide a safe and healthy environment as they strive to reach their goals and expand their knowledge. You can find more information about us at our website. We are physically located in the University Services Building at 6th and Montgomery, 2nd Floor.