April Building Manager Update

Save the Date: Summer Building Manager Meeting

Mark your calendar! The next Building Manager Meeting will be held on June 15, 2022 from 9am – 10:30am (held virtually via Zoom; connection information to follow).

If you would like to suggest a topic for this meeting, please send a message to communications@fpm.wisc.edu with your ideas.

Transition to Cooling Systems Nearly Complete

Physical Plant will complete the process for activating cooling systems in campus buildings on April 29, 2022. This process includes filling chilled water systems, maintenance checks on air handlers, and other start-up activities. 

Very few cooling systems on campus are designed to remain active year-round. Each fall, Physical Plant staff drain more than 700 air handling units in 113 buildings across campus to prevent damage from cold temperatures.

If you have questions about the cooling system start-up in your building, contact your Facility Specialist.

Reminder: Customer Work Order Details Report Available

Authorized users of AiM (the administrative interface for AssetWorks) now have access to the Customer Work Order Details report (1007–Cust Work Ord Detl). This report provides detailed information about individual work orders, the phases that make up the work order, and any notes appended to the work order by Physical Plant staff.

To run this report: 

  1. Log into the AiM workdesk using your NetID. 
  2. In the Report Listing menu (at screen left), select 1007–Cust Work Ord Detl.
  3. Enter a complete work order number and click OK.
  4. AiM displays detailed information for the work order you have selected.

Note: The Customer Work Order Details report often contains multiple pages, but only one page is displayed at a time. You can print the report, save it as PDF, or page through the report using the forward and backward buttons in the upper right corner of the page.

Reminder: New Process for Disposal of Refrigerators and Freezers

Physical Plant has created a new process for the pickup of refrigerators/freezers directly from campus buildings for disposal. Units less than 50 pounds are picked up by Physical Plant Waste & Recycling. If the unit is greater than 50 pounds, Physical Plant contracts with an outside vendor for removal.

To dispose of a refrigerator/freezer, follow these steps:

  1. Submit a work request to Physical Plant Customer Service with the following information:
    1. Customer number (for billing purposes).
    2. Weight and approximate size of the refrigerator/freezer.
  2. Move the refrigerator/freezer to your building’s loading dock. Campus Services is available for moving units if needed (this will add a phase to the work order).
  3. Fill out the Freezer Disposal Form and attach a printed copy to the unit. 

Please note that failure to attach the Freezer Disposal Form to the unit may result in additional dock visit charges.

Reminder: Physical Plant Service and Labor Rates Set to Change

Rates for various FP&M services, including Physical Plant labor and architect/engineer design fees will change on July 1, 2022. These changes will align rates with current costs and provide the basis for ongoing, regular adjustments based on analysis of revenue and expenditures.

Additional Resources

For more information and resources for building managers, please visit the FP&M Facility/Building Manager Tools page.

Best regards, 

FP&M Communications