(August 12, 2016) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio Office of Facilities has been hard at work this summer preparing Main, Downtown, and Hemisfair campuses for new and returning students, staff and faculty.
“A lot of hard work goes into keeping the campuses beautiful,” said Dave Riker, associate vice president for Facilities. “We want our new students to have a great experience.”
Custodians work overnight to clean the floors and walls of buildings to keep them in top shape. Several facilities go through routine maintenance and inspections. Staff members check everything from electrical panels and exhaust fans in Roadrunner Café to elevators and clocks.
One of the big projects has been the food court remodel in the John Peace Library, in partnership with Campus Services and UTSA Dining. New tables and chairs have been added to make the space more inviting. Greens to Go is a new addition this year as well as a Provisions on Demand station. Students will also get to enjoy the library’s remodeled courtyard on the fourth floor.
“It’s always been kind of hot up there. We are installing an interesting shade structure with furniture and electrical outlets for laptops and phones,” said Paul Goodman, assistant vice president for Facilities Engineering & Project Management.
In addition to library renovations, some laboratories and classrooms have been updated. Routine inspections take place in the parking garages as well to make sure they are well lit.
Landscaping projects have likewise been ongoing and crosswalks and other street markings have been repainted. A new sidewalk was added on the Main Campus at Brenan Ave. and Loop 1604, which was something students requested.
In July, UTSA’s top-tier Facilities team was recognized for its hard work year-round. UTSA received the 2016 Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA): Leadership in Educational Facilities Award for Excellence, the nation's premier honor for a higher education facilities management organization. UTSA is the first University of Texas System institution and one of only three institutions in the state of Texas ever to receive the award.
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South Texas Research Facility, 8403 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio
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Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
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Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
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Sombrilla, Main Campus and Frio Street Commons, Downtown Campus
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The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
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Arts Building, Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106),Main Campus
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