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Kansas State University takes on extensive maintenance projects

Kansas State University takes on extensive maintenance projects
Kansas State University takes on extensive maintenance projects

The Campus Planning and Facilities Department at Kansas State University has its hands full with new campus maintenance projects and facility management plans designed to improve buildings and facilities all over the school.

According to the Kansas State Collegian, Abe Fattaey, director for campus planning and facility management, said the school is currently juggling 230 different renovation and construction projects all over the campus. These improvements range from small fixes to renovations costing more than $750,000, which are classified as "capital improvements."

These projects include the work being done to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Bramlage Coliseum and the Jardine Apartments. All of the funding for such maintenance is derived from a number of different sources, such as private donations, athletic revenue bonds, housing revenue bonds and others.

The media outlet stated that projects of this magnitude are typically awarded to outside contractors, but campus facility staff still have a strong say in the construction process, such as the building materials that are used.

"We have specific things we like to see in buildings, such as flush valves, toilets and things like that," said Ed Heptig, director of facility maintenance.

Heptig added that his department also gives contractors input in order to keep consistency among the components used. Instead of a variety of valves, for example, the school can narrow it down to just one type. Contractors also speak with the school's maintenance department before working on any utilities, the news source stated.

"They will come to us about where power is coming from and what is feeding what," Heptig said.

K-State's Division of Facilities also performs all smaller work, such as one-room remodeling projects, painting and carpet replacements. Anything larger is contracted through Campus Planning and Facilities Management. Samuel Aistrup, a student at the school, said the improvements do more than just spruce up buildings.

"They make learning more achievable with these improvements with classrooms and other buildings, and they are more eye-appealing," he said.

Any of the school's projects that require construction, renovation or repair are subject to regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which include protection from hazards like falls, unguarded machinery and struck-by incidents. 

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