The Ohio State University is using technology to assess and plan for landscaping that keeps campus beautiful year-round. Certified drone pilots from Planning, Architecture and Real Estate (PARE) partnered with Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) to take aerial images of The Oval this week.
“Advancements in technology allow us to quickly take a birds-eye view to assess where turf repairs are needed on a broader scale,” said Mike Koeritzer, FOD Landscape Services Superintendent. “Having this service available within the university is valuable for operational efficiency when reviewing landscaping, rooftops and other maintenance needs.”
It’s a chance for qualified staff to take their work skills to the next level with the university's Facilities Maintenance Associate Trainee Program. FOD's Senior Business Operations Analyst Desiree Weber oversees the project.
“The program creates a pipeline of talent from service titles into skilled trades,” Weber said. “We want to develop talent within. It’s a highly competitive market, and we realize we have a great resource if we tap into it.”
Participants go through classroom instruction, assessment, certifications, learning interventions, mentorship, and on-the-job training.
Nine Facilities Operations and Development participants and three Student Life participants, from...
Ohio State aims to reduce potable water consumption by 5 percent, per person, every five years as part of its university-wide sustainability goals . Read more about how Facilities Operations and Development and the College of Pharmacy have teamed up to conserve water by changing lab equipment for annual water savings of 16 million gallons.
As a resident in Morrill Tower, Maria Le noticed students were throwing a lot of food in the trash while dining in Morrill Traditions. It was then that she came up with the idea of composting the dining hall’s uneaten food.
Le, a member of the Undergraduate Student Government’s Sustainability Committee, proposed her idea to Deputy Director Animesh Bapat, a third-year in food, agriculture and biological engineering, who helped Le bring her idea to life. Bapat and Le’s mini-committee contacted administrators in Facilities Operations and Development and in the Office of Student Life to push forward their...
Getting around campus just got a lot easier thanks to completion of a multi-million dollar campus wayfinding project, led by Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) to add and improve signs on campus roadways and garages and on Interstates 70 and 71 and State Route 315.
“In today’s day and age, wayfinding signs can be an afterthought,” said Steve Malone, university signage coordinator. “But on a college campus that is home to more than 100,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors, this initiative was designed to help folks navigate a campus that continues to change and grow.”
Alexandria, Virginia – APPA is pleased to announce that The Ohio State University has been selected for the 2018 APPA Effective & Innovative Practices Award for its submission Employee Video Archive .
“The Effective & Innovative Practices Award recognizes new programs or significant restructuring to existing programs that will enhance service delivery, lower costs, increase productivity, improve customer service, generate revenue, or otherwise benefit the educational institution,” said Dan Bollman, APPA’s vice president for Professional Affairs. “The 2018 selections demonstrate the breadth of projects that can be considered, ranging from smart restroom technologies for fast...
Energy conservation measures will improve lighting at dozens of campus buildings and create a more efficient heating and cooling system for a campus laboratory building through capital projects to be launched in spring 2018.
These energy efficiency projects and four other capital improvement projects related to the Comprehensive Energy Management Project were approved by the Board of Trustees on Feb 2.
In July, Ohio State entered a 50-year partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners to manage the university’s energy system and improve the sustainability of the Columbus campus. The $1.165 billion agreement represents the largest investment in the...
In alignment with the university’s sustainability goals , FOD continues to support Zero Waste efforts at Ohio Stadium. Working with “I Am Change Outreach,” a non-profit mentorship program of area high school and college students and volunteers assist fans at the Zero Waste stations on Ohio State football game days. The students help Buckeye fans recycle and compost correctly and, in return, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics contributes to student scholarships supporting access and affordability.