College Planning & Management

AUG 2012

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Campus Scene IN THE SPOTLIGHT AsktheExpert Award-Winning Library at San Francisco State This Month Custodial Tools How does ergonomic equipment improve productivity? ERGONOMIC DESIGN IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY in at least three ways. First, ergonomic equipment can replace THE DESIGN-BUILD TEAM OF HMC ARCHITECTS AND BALFOUR Beatty Construction recently received the 2012 Project of the Year award from the Design-Build Institute of America–Western Pacifi c Region for the J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library at San Francisco State University (SFSU). The Library was originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959, and 1971). The 362,500-sq.-ft., $103.8M library renovation and expansion, completed in March 2011, addressed the need to accommodate a growing student population and restored structural inadequacies while concurrently updating the building's electrical and telecommunication systems. In total, the project adds 34 percent more space; 50 percent more seating; 50 percent more group study areas; 50 percent more collection capacity, both in open stacks and a high-density automated retrieval system; and 100 percent more computers; all while providing a fl exible and congenial learning environment in the heart of campus. "San Francisco State University is very proud of the new facility and we are grate- ful to the HMC/Balfour Beatty design-build team for its success," says Simon Y. Lam, associate vice president of Capital Planning, Design, and Construction for SFSU. New Residence Hall for the University of Puget Sound A contemporary new residence and event hall, with sweeping modern spaces and a traditional Tudor Gothic exterior, will open on the campus of Univer- sity of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, in autumn 2013. Preliminary work for the 55,000-sq.-ft. building began in May. The 135-single-bedroom residence features innovative spaces and ameni- ties that encourage students to connect academically and socially with their peers, while providing them with privacy and independent living. While the total number of students attending Puget Sound will remain constant at 2,600 undergraduates, the new hall will allow more upper-level students to live on campus, close to friends, services, and social and intellectual activities. The hall also gives the Puget Sound { CONT. ON PAGE 8 } AUGUST 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 3 more than one tool. Not only does a backpack vacuum clean carpet, but also hard floors, stairs, and upholstery, in addition to high and low dusting. It eliminates the need for up to five less effective tools: a broom, dustpan, dust mop, duster, and upright vacuum. Fewer tools mean fewer stops to take a trip to the custodial closet. A minute saved here and there can add up to huge labor savings for facility managers. Second, ergonomic equipment can improve productivity by managing challenges specific to the work environment. In a classroom full of desks, an upright vacuum can be unwieldy and difficult to navigate. The wand of a backpack vacuum maneuvers quickly around obstacles. A facility with few outlets might need a cordless vacuum. A cleaning professional who is equipped with a utility belt that keeps the necessary vacuum attachments at hand is less likely to have to backtrack later to clean missed areas. All of these details save time. Third, and perhaps most important, ergo- nomic design makes workers more comfortable, allowing them to clean longer with less effort. Excessive heat, noise, or vibration disrupts worker comfort and concentration on the task at hand. Ineffective vacuum filtration can irritate worker allergies or asthma. Ergonomic equipment should be quiet, lightweight, and act like an extension of the body, rather than re- sisting the body's natural movements. Backpack vacuums reduce repetitive motion, fatigue, and body strain, requiring less than half the energy to clean the same space as an upright vacuum. Any design feature that improves worker com- fort can also improve a facility's bottom line. Jacalyn High is the marketing manager for ProTeam The Vacuum Company (www.Pro-Team. com). Contact her at or 800/541-1456.

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