Facilities Management

coronavirus

Facilities Management Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Facilities Management's Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Healthy Huskies Site, here

 

Facilities Management will be providing the following supplies to Campus Departments:

  • Plexiglass Shields

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Disinfecting Wipes 

To submit an order please use the Facilities Management Maintenance Request Form found, here.

*Please note that we have limited supplies and quantities may be adjusted based on the overall campus need and department operation plans.

 

General Information Regarding Return to Campus:

 Face CoveringsThe University Store will be selling USM-branded cloth face coverings at cost. Student Affairs will distribute cloth face coverings to students, and cloth face coverings for employees have been delivered to Public Safety. Any faculty or staff member seeking to obtain a cloth face covering should contact Chief Ron Saindon (saindon@maine.edu) and Captain Tim Farwell (timothy.farwell@maine.edu) to arrange for pick up or delivery. In addition, Public Safety will have disposable masks available for any student, faculty or staff member. These can be obtained on a walk-in basis, and disposable masks will also be available in each classroom as well as in other common spaces on campus. The Disabilities Services Center will have clear face coverings available for distribution upon request. Please contact Director Joanne Benica (joanne.benica@maine.edu) to arrange for pick up of a clear face covering. 

 

Classrooms 

Turning first to the classroom experience, the Facilities Management Team is working closely with the Provost and Registrar's Offices to ensure that furniture in classrooms and other teaching spaces (i.e., larger spaces converted for fall academic instruction) are appropriately arranged for social distancing. Additionally, each classroom will be equipped with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and disposable face coverings as well as plexiglass barriers that faculty members may request to teach behind. The Custodial team will be cleaning classrooms and teaching spaces at least once per day with an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant. 

 

Classroom Buildings 

Facilities Management will be installing ample signage indicating maximum occupancy for classrooms, meeting spaces, study lounges and elevators. Floor decals will indicate directional flow for hallway foot-traffic; and, wherever possible, buildings will have separate entrances and exits. Restrooms will be cleaned at least twice per day, with the Custodial team cleaning high-usage restrooms on a more frequent basis.

 

Residence Halls

Residence halls, likewise, will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis with a particular emphasis on cleaning and sanitizing restrooms and high-frequency touch areas, such as doorknobs, railings and the like. While students will be expected to maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of their individual rooms, the Custodial team will ensure that sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer are also available in common areas.

 

Campus Buildings

Campus buildings containing faculty and staff offices will be cleaned on a frequent basis. Shared spaces, such as lounges, will be cleaned daily, and faculty and staff offices will be cleaned weekly. For office spaces, Facilities Management will provide sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, plexiglass shields upon request to ensure that individuals are able to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. 

 

Ventilation 

Over the course of the summer, Facilities Management has been testing ventilation systems in each of USM's buildings. All HVAC systems located in campus buildings are being inspected to ensure proper functioning. Facilities Management will replace all air filters prior to the beginning of the fall semester. In addition, we will be extending HVAC schedules to run later into the evening to increase air turnover in campus buildings. Further, outside air dampers will be opened in buildings that have the capability of introducing outside air. Facilities Management encourages faculty and staff to open windows in occupied space and close windows upon leaving the space.