Spotlight Service

Painters, FIR Honored by UI Army ROTC

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F&S painters and Facilities Information Resources (FIR) assisted the University of Illinois Army ROTC by creating socially distanced circles in Lot 31, the football tailgating area used for cadet physical training just west of Memorial Stadium. edit_DSC0117

Acting on behalf of Lieutenant Colonel Dan Johnson, professor of Military Science, Master Sergeant Timothy Collier and Major Jennifer Soderlind presented the Fighting Illini Battalion Commander’s Coin to F&S leaders in recognition of this effort.

“We appreciate all the military does for this country and what our ROTC does for us on campus,” said Jim Sims, director of Engineering & Construction Services. “We hold our relationship with all branches of the military in high esteem, and we were thrilled to assist them with this project.”

Painters marked 140 circles and 10 running lanes to provide proper social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the more than 100 student cadets. Using Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, F&S staff were able to identify the precise locations of the circles. RTK is a technique used to enhance the accuracy of position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems.

 

Fraternity thankful for BSWs

A special delivery came to F&S last week, and it’s something Randy Kornegay, associate director of Operations, Maintenance & Alterations, Building Services, will never forget.

Kornegay oversees hundreds of Building Service Workers that operate in shifts around the clock to maintain university facilities, ensuring they are clean. Their hard work was recently recognized when the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega delivered a basket of nearly 100 thank-you cards, each handwritten and drawn and accompanied by miniature chocolates. "This is historic. It’s something that nobody has ever done for our BSWs,” said Kornegay. “These are handwritten, and APO put a lot of thought and care into that. That really deepened my appreciation for what they did."

Touched by the kind action of the fraternity, Kornegay immediately read and enjoyed every card.

"This is so important to me, and we’re so appreciative" said Kornegay.


Complete Flooring Services

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Campus units considering new flooring options can now get expert assistance from the F&S carpenters. Bob Weeks, carpenters foreman, works directly with customers to help meet the needs of their space. He helps them meet their budgets, too. It’s a process that starts with material selection.

“There are a lot of new commercial flooring products today, like modular carpet tile and planks, which gives the customer options,” said Weeks. “When we meet, we listen to what they’re trying to accomplish, evaluate the area and any existing issues, and then either direct them to a website so they can look at online samples to narrow their choices, or order full-size samples for them, so they can see it in their space and see how it matches the current environment or décor. Price estimates are then sent based on their choices.

“When you are looking to change flooring, itcan also be a perfect time to examine any other changes you might want to make to the space,” said Weeks. “Maybe the customer will want to consider moving a wall to make things more open, for instance. F&S carpenters can help them with those decisions.”

Andy Sestak, assistant director for the University Office of Planning and Budgeting, has used F&S to complete several flooring projects in the Henry Administration Building and has been pleased with both the quality of the product and the installation. “One of the biggest advantages is the ability of the carpenters to purchase carpet directly from manufacturers, thereby allowing them to provide competitive pricing to the campus customers,” said Sestak. “Plus, they are obviously fully integrated with the rest of the F&S shops that may be needed to complete each job, whether that’s the laborers, mill workers, painters, building service workers, or movers.