(Approved by the Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration by authority of Executive Order No. 1 and the Executive Vice President by authority of Executive Order No. 5)
The diversity of University programs and activities frequently requires coordination of building operations by various departments. Building coordination often involves the services provided by support units such as, the Physical Plant Department, University Police, the Environmental Health and Safety Department, and Communication Technologies. Building coordination is most efficiently accomplished through the assignment of building coordinators.
It is recommended that the Building Coordinator (BC) be a full-time administrative employee with more than six months experience in that position at the time of designation. The BC should have a broad understanding of the activities of the department(s) housed within the building. It is also recommended that the employee's work station be located within the principal building being served, and that the BC be on duty during regular business hours. Recognition should be given to the impact upon the selected individual's specified duties. Also, while it is recommended that only a single individual be designated BC for each building, an alternate should be identified to perform in the absence of the designated BC.
The deans, directors, or chairs of the departments occupying each University building should designate one BC for that building. For buildings occupied by several departments, the BC should be designated to assist in overall building management and coordination. Departments which occupy a number of small buildings may wish to designate a BC to represent all of their buildings.
Once a BC and any alternate have been designated, departments should advise the Physical Plant Department of each individual's name and campus mail box. The Physical Plant Department maintains a list of current BCs and can provide departments with a copy of this list.
The BC is responsible for:
Whenever unsanitary conditions or hazards to health and safety are identified, they should be reported to the appropriate office within the Environmental Health and Safety Department. In addition, the BC may function or serve as the building's fire safety representative and maintain building evacuation plans.
Occasionally, the Physical Plant Department may interrupt steam, electricity, water, central cooling water, compressed air, natural gas, or other utility services for maintenance or emergency reasons. The BC can assist Physical Plant staff by:
During construction periods the BC can assist in disseminating information to building occupants regarding project activities and progress, and serve as the contact for forwarding questions or comments to the responsible party in the Physical Plant Department, Engineering Services Office, Environmental Health and Safety Department, or Capital and Space Planning Office.
Building hours are usually established by the department's senior administrator(s). Criteria for determining building hours are:
In buildings housing more than one department, access requirements of all departments need to be considered. The BC should help determine those needs, make recommendations to the senior administrator(s), and report the designated building hours (and any subsequent revisions) to the University Police and Custodial Services. See also Administrative Policy Statement 13.3.
The BC should also be responsible for having building hours posted at all building entrances.
In general, coordination of building keys and locks should be assigned to the BC. The BC should manage keys in accordance with the requirements of Administrative Policy Statement 13.3. Coordination of keys and locks includes:
The BC is responsible for issuing a Building Use Permit form to authorized persons, and for maintaining a permit register. Permit holders include eligible faculty, staff, and students. Permits should be issued in accordance with University Police guidelines (see Administrative Policy Statement 13.3).