Overview of facilities administration processes and contacts, including remodeling and allocating space in the College.
Chris Bruhn is responsible for issues relating to L&S facilities. He serves as a resource for faculty and staff in the areas of facility remodeling and space allocation. This includes both minor remodeling of laboratory space as well as space allocations for major new grant/research initiatives. Minor remodeling needs should be identified at the earliest possible opportunity to allow time for the definition of the scope of the needs. These proposals need to be reviewed and endorsed by the Chair and submitted to Chris Bruhn. The College submits the proposal to Physical Plant for the development of assessment and design documents. This entire process can take considerable time, so it is advisable to consult with Chris Bruhn as soon as the need to remodel a lab or offices has been identified. September and October are the best months to request assessments for remodeling.
Often new lab or office space needs to be identified to house new grant related activity. This process can begin on the research grant transmittal form when space issues are formally noted, or preferably before this step when the potential space needs/impacts are discussed between the PI and departmental chair. If new space in the College can't be found to house the grant, it is up to the department signing off on the grant to find adequate space. Chris Bruhn will work with you in clarifying the space needs, consult with the PI and Chair as needed, and work with the Space Management Office to investigate facility alternatives. It is important to note that the campus, and particularly L&S, is very tight for space, and does not have the luxury of holding space for anticipated research grant needs or scholarly journals edited by members of L&S departments. The College staff works consistently to seek creative solutions to research space needs but lead times are significant. The research community can facilitate this process by making needs known at the earliest possible time.