The Facilities Management office is responsible for every repair, replacement and renovation across Pacific University’s four main campuses.
According to Director of Facilities Management Cindy Schuppert, summers always prove to be the busiest season.
“It’s the one time of year when we can get through every residence hall space to do repairs and deep cleans,” Schuppert said. “On another note, the new Fiscal year started July 1, so we were also working to finish up projects we had funding for, before the start of classes.”
Some of the projects Schuppert and her office were able to complete on the Forest Grove campus this summer include renovations and repairs made to learning spaces. Classrooms in Strain Hall and Jefferson Hall were refurbished with new furniture and flooring, and an updated chemical hood and ducts system were installed in Murdock Hall Room 102.
Another project Schuppert and her office have made a priority in recent years has been on renovating the Taylor Meade Performing Art Center, with sections of its roof and carpet having been replaced just last spring.
“This summer we remodeled Taylor Meade to include a new classroom, two new offices, some storage space on the second floor and a renovated practice room on the first floor,” Schuppert said. “We added ADA access buttons to a set of main doors at Taylor Meade as well.”
According to Schuppert, the University has leased some space in the Forest Grove Shopping Center, on Pacific Avenue, which will be remodeled into additional music practice rooms by outside contractors sometime this fall.
Administrative buildings and office spaces received updates and repairs this summer as well, with both Marsh Hall and the Campus Public Safety office receiving new carpeting and freshly painted walls.
Additionally, large sections of uneven and broken sidewalk on the Forest Grove campus were replaced this summer to ensure student safety in the fall.
“We went around campus and ground as many high spots in the sidewalks as possible,” Schuppert said. “The sidewalks on the west side of the Stoller Center and Vandervelden Court Apartments are being replaced due to significant damages that cause a safety hazard.”
One project Schuppert is hoping to see completed in the next few weeks is the renovation job being done the Early Learning Center’s outdoor classroom space, located on Cedar Street.
According to Schuppert the newly renovated space will ultimately include a crafted wooden bridge and gazebo.
With the fall semester fast underway, attention will soon be given to the next scheduled project, which involves the installation of a new parking lot on the corner of Cedar St. and 21 Ave., the site of the old Gospel Hall lot. According to Schuppert, contractors will complete the project.
“All of the folks here work really hard, and want to make the Pacific experience the best they can,” Schuppert said. “Not only for students but for everyone that comes onto our campuses.”