IPF arborists help students branch out

The south lawn of the IPF Building became the classroom on Sept. 10, as 44 students from Department of Horticulture instructor Marcus Duck’s HRT 213L Landscape Maintenance Field Laboratory classes took to the trees as part of workshops designed to help them develop an understanding and appreciation for safety and climbing techniques used in the care of large trees.

Riverbank Restoration 2019

Volunteers are needed for this important riverbank restoration initiative.

A new chapter for a Library roof

For some, the idea of a “green” roof conjures up visions of landscaping staff pushing lawn mowers over the tops of campus buildings. But in reality, installing a green roof is a low-maintenance way of replacing natural spaces that were lost as part of building construction.

Get to know IPF: Ken Londos

“I love that fact that I’m able to support the employees that make this campus run,” Londos said. “I know that by putting in my best effort and doing a good job, I’m contributing to the success of current and future Spartans.”

Facilities Focus - September 2019 - Volume 5

Volume five of the Facilities Focus e-newsletter

Streamlining processes cuts construction planning time

The MSU Board of Trustees recently revised the university's Capital Project Planning and Approval Policy. The revision, initiated by Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’ Planning, Design and Construction department staff increases the threshold for Board of Trustees’ approval of construction projects from $1 million to $5 million and effectively shortens the planning time for many projects. 

Get to know your IPF crews: Steam, Distribution and Outside Weld

This 20-man team, headed by supervisor Sam Fortino, is composed of three individual crews with almost 400 years of combined experience.

“What is…a way to make training fun?”…You are correct! 

Throughout childhood, IPF Human Resources administrator Michelle Rutkowski regularly tuned into the televised Jeopardy gameshow, often playing it at home with friends and family. In fact, 25 years ago her dad was a contestant on the TV show. These fond memories were the seed that grew into the creation of the new training tool. 

Electrical commodity contracts result in powerful savings

Last summer, IPF Materials and Logistics, working in close collaboration with University Services – Purchasing, established the first commodity purchasing contracts in IPF history. To date, these contracts have saved the university over $26,000; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Get to know IPF: Anita Eberhard

In her 25-year career at IPF, Building Services administrative assistant Anita Eberhard has experienced a lot of change;, but one thing that hasn’t changed is her positive attitude