SUU Facilities Remains Best in State

Published: November 20, 2012 | Read Time: 1 minutes

SUU’s Students aren’t the only T-Birds seeking top grades each school year and, once again, the University’s Facilities Management team has earned top marks from the state of Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM). In DCFM’s annual Facilities Preventative Maintenance Audit, Southern Utah University received an outstanding 97.7 percent ranking—the product of a straight-A year.

“This illustrates that we do recognize and appreciate the money allocated to the university and also that we are a leader in the state for taking care of the taxpayer’s resources,” said Tiger Funk, director of Utility Services.

During the inspection of all SUU buildings, state employees examined everything from elevators to boilers, and even down to the paint on the walls. There was also a thorough examination of the plumbing and electrical systems in every building on campus. The university received 100 percent marks in seven areas, including boilers, plumbing, facility inspections, air quality, roofing, required documentation and custodial.

“Our staff is incredible and is very committed to finding solutions to solve problems,” said Funk. He credits that commitment and ingenuity with SUU Facilities’ continued success, leading the state’s institutions in ongoing maintenance procedures.

Surveying over 4,000 buildings in Utah, the state employees that issued this maintenance audit stated, “This campus has one of the most detailed and efficient maintenance programs witnessed to date. It is apparent that the maintenance department and managers take great pride in their maintenance program and the physical condition of their facilities."

Southern Utah University’s Facilities Management team is comprised of 29 staff members who oversee the University’s 89 buildings over the 1,587,217 square feet of campus property.

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