College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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CaseHistories REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS Athletic Facility Reaps Roof Benefi ts T HE UNIVERSITY OF WIS- consin has begun construction on a new $76.8M "Athletic Village" at and around Camp Randall stadium, and part of the new work will soon feature a Tensotherm with Lumira aerogel insu- lated translucent membrane roof at the McClain Athletic Facility in Madison, WI. This summer, the new 41,920-sq.-ft. Tensotherm roofi ng system will replace the facility's original non-insulated Birdair roof constructed from PTFE, a Tefl on- coated woven fi berglass membrane that was installed in 1988. Birdair, Inc. will serve as roofi ng contractor for the retrofi t of the training facility for the Wisconsin Badgers, who won their fi rst-ever Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State in 2011 and then went on to play at the Rose Bowl. Birdair will design-build an updated tensile membrane roof for the indoor sports training facility while the roof's existing structural support steel will be cleaned for reuse. Tensotherm with Lumira aerogel, formerly Nanogel aerogel, is an insulated translucent membrane roofi ng system developed by Birdair, Cabot Corporation, and Geiger Engineers. For this project, the material consists of three layers (25mm) of Lumira aerogel sandwiched between two layers of structural PTFE fabric, an insulated composite that is less than 2-in. thick (40mm), yet delivers an insulation value of R9. This innovative feather-light insulation layer traps air to prevent heat loss and solar heat gain. By maintaining translucency, Tensotherm provides glare-free daylighting and contributes to a high level of energy effi ciency by reducing the need for artifi cial lighting. Addition- ally, the material offers high moisture control and superior acoustic attenuation capabilities. "The new Tensotherm roof will main- tain the current look of the building while offering translucency for the artifi cial turf fi eld and other spaces at the practice facil- ity," explains David Capezzuto, director of Business Development, Birdair. "The facility will also benefi t from the thermal capabilities, remarkable acoustics, low- maintenance requirements, and long life- span of the new roof." Other members of the project team include owner University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; architect VOA Associates, Chicago, IL; engineer Berners Schober Associates, Green Bay, WI; and construc- tion manager J.P. Cullen and Sons, Janesville, WI. University Re-engineers Cleaning Program I N 2009, THE UNIVERSITY OF Michigan in Ann Arbor started a fi ve-year rollout of a comprehensive, high-performance cleaning management system, Operating System 1 or (OS1). John Lawter, associate director of Plant Building and Ground Services, chose (OS1) to improve productivity in light of ongoing budget cuts. With 200 facilities to clean covering a total of 15M sq. ft., Lawter's staff has gone from cleaning 36,000 sq. ft. per custodian to 40,000 sq. ft. per custodian, while improving the health of the environment. One of the biggest tenets of (OS1) is to clean for health fi rst, aesthetics second. It was this, and the simpli- fi ed workfl ow that appealed to Lawter, who wanted more consistency and fewer products. "We knew we were facing multiple years of reductions so we offered up 10 percent over fi ve years with an understanding we would have a couple of years reprieve to protect our new program." says Lawter. And since implementing (OS1), "We've have met that 10 percent goal of $2.1M and man- aged to improve services at the same time." In addition to changing the cleaning to a systematic approach, University of Michigan modernized their cleaning tool inventory. Lawter swapped a ramshackle collection of uprights of different ages and models for ProTeam's 11-lb. powerhouse, the Super CoachVac. In addition to the timesaving backpack vacuums, (OS1) reduced Lawter's chemical inventory from 50 products to less than 10. Individual use portions ensure that cus- todians get what they need and only what they need to clean every day. For Lawter, this hugely simplifi es the process. "We used to have a committee of 30 people that would meet once a month and re- view the latest and greatest new products that In (OS1), custodians specialize in specifi c tasks, and they do all tasks of a single function at one time. This reduces wasted time switching tools and backtracking. Vacuum specialists may vacuum for an entire eight-hour shift using a light- weight backpack vacuum that reduces strain to the user. came down the line," says Lawter. "(OS1) has a research and development arm that does that, so I don't directly deal with salesmen. I love that." Look for more Case Histories online at JUNE 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 75

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