Facility Management & Project Services

The Facilities Management and Project Services (FMPS) unit coordinates with the University community in performing the following functions for Physical Plant:

FACILITY REQUIREMENTS: We develop and implement programs for regular facility assessments to identify deficiencies in facility condition, configuration, or capacity related to supporting customer mission requirements. These assessments document facility deficiencies, which become part of the University's integrated priority list (IPL) of facility projects for which we facilitate approval and funding to correct in accordance with requirements and availability of funds. All assessments are maintained in the U OF M database of facility deficiencies.

CUSTOMER LIAISON/CLIENT INTERFACE: We serve as the Physical Plant customer liaison to the campus community. To do this, we seek to understand departmental mission requirements and develop facility solutions to meet those requirements. We represent Physical Plant to external customers and advocate on behalf of the customer to internal Physical Plant work centers. We provide customers training and/or education regarding all facilities-related processes and services while coordinating with Campus Planning & Design and Space Planning & Utilization as necessary to develop projects and facilities solutions to meet customer mission requirements.

MINOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT: For projects under construction, we assure that appropriate safety regulations and procedures are implemented and that a safe work environment is maintained for employees and members of the general public who may be exposed to hazardous conditions at work sites. For customer-generated projects, we lead the pre-design phase gathering initial project requirements in concert with campus standards, developing project scope, schedule, and initial estimate, determining best methods of execution, coordinating project funding and approval, and serving as the customer's single point of contact. During construction, we inspect the work for fitness and quality, enforce safety requirements & standards, and administer project documentation.

CAPITAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT: For U OF M projects, we coordinate the review of project design packages with customers and internal staff to verify compliance with campus design standards and customer requirements. We provide oversight of the work for fitness and quality, enforce safety requirements & standards, process change orders and requests for payment, as appropriate, and administer the construction contract in accordance with U OF M standards and requirements. These professionals represent the University at U OF M construction progress meetings and other meetings as directed by U OF M.

STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION (SWPP) PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: A significant concern that we manage is the development, implementation, and enforcement of our stormwater management program. This program is consistent with the TN Construction General Permit (TN CGP) requirements to reduce pollutants in any stormwater runoff at the University due to construction activities and maintenance procedures. We ensure that post-construction stormwater quality best management practices (BMPs) are installed on campus and are in place and maintained perpetually. This program includes evaluating existing SWPP practices development and implementing an operation and maintenance program that includes a training component with the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from our campus operations. This includes public education and involvement concerning the impacts of stormwater discharges on our local bodies of water.