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Haunted Hospital
Plant Exchange: Volume 22 / No. 2 / March-April 2011
Boo! Midnight shift workers at North Ingalls Building are closely monitored by an unlikely manager: apparitions are said to haunt the first, second and third floors. Over a three to four week period in late January and early February, John Darr plumbers, working for Construction Services, have seen and heard ghosts...
Ruthven Museum Gift Shop Relocation
Plant Exchange: Volume 22 / No. 2 / March-April 2011
Desired changes for handicap accessibility led to the relocation of the Ruthven Museum Gift Shop. A former mollusk specimen room was relocated to free up more room for expansion of the gift shop. The new gift shop is twice the size and the project also included a new docent locker room to serve as a staging area for the student helpers...
Ruthven Museum Gift Shop Relocation
Plant Exchange: Volume 22 / No. 2 / March-April 2011
Desired changes for handicap accessibility led to the relocation of the Ruthven Museum Gift Shop. A former mollusk specimen room was relocated to free up more room for expansion of the gift shop. The new gift shop is twice the size and the project also included a new docent locker room to serve as a staging area for the student helpers...
Boeing Auditorium Upgrade A Huge Success
Plant Exchange: Volume 21 / No. 1 / January-February 2011
Consistent with the College of Engineering’s tradition of excellence, the Aerospace Engineering department decided to upgrade the Boeing Auditorium located in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud facility. Despite having only a two-week window for the renovations, the Boeing Auditorium was successfully upgraded thanks to the Construction Services team. New carpet, new seating, and a new epoxy floor were the key components of the renovation...
Helping Transform the NCRC Campus
Plant Exchange: Volume 21 / No. 1 / January-February 2011
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) enlisted Construction Services to convert some of the former Pfizer facilities into a welcoming area with a “warmer” feel. In preparation for a special event with President Mary Sue Coleman, the NCRC staff initiated a series of transformation projects with the help of Construction Services. Rick Eathorne (Construction Engineering Manager) Alan Swan (Project Foreman) and Taylor Jackson (Project Assistant) have been busy managing one exciting project after another. Most of these projects began mid-December and were completed by mid-January...
Partnering with Hospital Facilities
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 6 / November-December 2010
Clients in our U-M Hospital System buildings, who need help with small improvements, usually make their requests through the support services link on the Hospital’s online home page. Those requests eventually make their way to Jim Hadden’s team at the rate of 20 to 60 per month. These requests can vary greatly in complexity; from the very simple, like hang a diploma, to the very complicated, like add infrastructure to support re-location of data servers...
Chemistry Building Conference Room
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 6 / November-December 2010
Construction Services was given the task of remodeling an area to be a state-of-the-art conference room utilizing the newest technology and products. While working with Susan Monroe (construction engineering manager) and Terry Johnson (construction services engineer), we were able to come up with a design that encompasses functionality and aesthetics...
North Campus Improvement Work
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 5 / September-October 2010
Construction Services has taken an active role in the new North Campus Region Re-organization. We are now doing all of the minor improvements which were formerly handled by the designated zone. This work is mainly comprised of electrical but includes some carpentry and mechanical. Construction Services met with the zone supervisors and tradesmen who were performing the work in order to identify the customers and get a feel for the volume and complexity of the work...
Tool Management
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 4 / July-August 2010
Construction Services has used the ToolWatch tool tracking system for several years to manage a tool inventory valued at over $500,000. This software is able track both the assignment of tools and the status and transfer of centrally assigned tools and equipment...
“Giving Back” to the Community at the “Just Build It!” Career Expo
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 1 / January-February 2010
On November 10, 2009 Construction Services participated in the 10th annual “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo held at Eastern Michigan University. Over 1,000 students, grades 8 to 12, from across the southern Michigan region attended this year’s expo. Thirty-five construction companies, including the local construction unions, were on hand to give demonstrations and provide opportunities for students to participate in hands-on activities...
Cabinet Shop Creates an “Inviting Feel”
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 1 / January-February 2010
The Tea Room is the staff lounge at the Legal Research Library. Previous to our contract, the room was very drab, out of date, and in need of a renovation. The customers worked with Interior Design to come up with a vibrant and transformed lounge...
Another Busy Year for Plant's Cabinet Shop
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 1 / January-February 2010
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Cabinet Shop Creates an “Inviting Feel”
Plant Exchange: Volume 20 / No. 1 / January-February 2010
The Tea Room is the staff lounge at the Legal Research Library. Previous to our contract, the room was very drab, out of date, and in need of a renovation. The customers worked with Interior Design to come up with a vibrant and transformed lounge...
New Football Practice Facility with “Showcase” Lockers
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 6 / November_December 2009
Construction Services was once again contracted by the Athletic Department to fabricate and install 125 new lockers in the new Glick Indoor Practice Facility...
CS Integrates Energy/Cost Saving Measures
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 5 / September-October 2009
Curt Smitka, Office of the Vice President for Research, submitted a request last spring for Construction Services to remodel the fourth floor of the Victor Vaughan building. This remodel would include a new kitchen, painting of the entire floor as well as carpet cleaning. Curt was very happy with the budget estimate for the project, however, he did express some concerns regarding the performance of the existing lightingFreshly Painted Rooms...
Eight New Management Initiatives for Construction Services
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 4 / July-August 2009
In 2008 Construction Services underwent an extensive examination by U-M Internal Audits. The audit report included the development of eight management initiatives for the department. Significant progress has been made on these eight initiatives...
Art Museum Grand Re-Opening
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 3 / May-June 2009
The U-M Museum of Art recently re-opened. The Museum was closed for construction purposes; a new addition which more than doubled the former exhibit space. Construction Services, working in collaboration with Plant’s sheet metal and welding shops, were able to put their signature on numerous visible projects...
Fireside Chats at U-M Chrysler Center
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 2 / March-April 2009
Pierpont Commons called for Construction Services’ staff to makeover a vacated area. The intended purpose of the space was to house the North Campus Computer Show Case for computer retail sales, including a student computer work area...
Keeping the Tradition: Ten Employees Honored!
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 1 / January-February 2009
In early November an awards banquet was held in honor of graduates of the U-M Skilled Trades Apprenticeship program. The dinner was held to celebrate and publicly recognize, in the presence of family members, friends, fellow graduates, and managers, the achievements of the ten Plant Operations employees who completed an apprenticeship program and became journeypersons during the three year period of time from 2006 through 2008...
Rotunda Restoration Project
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 1 / January-February 2009
Construction Services is in the third year of an ongoing restoration project in the Ruthven Museum of Natural History. We are being supported by the College of LS&A and the College of Architecture & Engineering...
10 RANDOM Questions: Geting to know each other
Plant Exchange: Volume 19 / No. 1 / January-February 2009
If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
God, because he is important to me...
Construction Services Invited to Appreciation Day
Plant Exchange: Volume 18 / No. 5 / November - December 2008
On September 9th, the University of Michigan Health System celebrated their employees by hosting an Employee Appreciation Day. This was the first combined event in which the Medical School and Hospital joined together for employee appreciation!...
Repairs to Burton Tower
Plant Exchange: Volume 18 / No. 4 / September - October 2008
When pieces of broken limestone were noticed gathering at the base of Burton Tower, the Construction Services department was asked to investigate. By looking through binoculars we were able to determine where this limestone had fallen from. It came from high atop the tower, above the face of the clock...
Architectural Trade Shops Showcase Talent
Plant Exchange: Volume 18 / No. 3 / July - August 2008
Plant’s Architectural Trade shops were recently under the scrutiny of several guests from U-M’s Hospital Facilities Services. The purpose of the tour was to observe and assess our shop’s operations and capabilities. The tour included the Cabinet Shop, Sign Shop, Spray Shop, and Upholstery Shop...
LSI NMR Lab Project
Plant Exchange: Volume 18 / No. 1 & 2 / January - April 2008
The Life Science Institute facilities group approached the Architecture and Engineering Department to design the conversion of room 3214A into a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Instrument (NMR) lab. The room was originally design to be a server room when the building was first constructed, however, recently the room was being used as the IT workshop...
PET/CT Replacement - Part 2
Plant Exchange: Volume 18 / No. 1 & 2 / January - April 2008
The completion of the PET/CT Replacement project took the efforts of some very dedicated Construction Services employees; carpenters, laborers, painters, masons, sheet metal workers, and electricians. The outstanding commitment of this team of trades’ personnel made it possible to meet the requirements and scheduled target dates...
Regents Meeting Room Upgrade - Fleming Building
Plant Exchange: Volume 17 / No. 6 / December 2007
Recently, the Regents’ meeting room located in the Fleming Building underwent an upgrade to improve the lighting and to remove the original sprayed on acoustical ceiling treatment of the dome...
PET/CT Replacement - Part 1
Plant Exchange: Volume 17 / No. 6 / December 2007
Construction Services took on a great deal of responsibility when they accepted the PET/CT Replacement project. The challenge of planning and coordinating construction activities to occur in accordance with on-going radiology procedures was quite the task. Taking into consideration the high volume of patient treatments performed, the expedient turnover of this area back to the customer was vital...
Coworkers Hold Benefit for the Family of Sam Rochon
Plant Exchange: Volume 17 / No. 5 / October 2007
On Saturday, August 11, 2007, several of Sam Rochon’s friends and coworkers hosted a hog roast to benefit his family and to celebrate his life...
Residential College Administration - Tyler House - East Quad
Plant Exchange: Volume 17 / No. 5 / October 2007
The facilities group within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) came to Construction Services requesting assistance with the design and implementation of the renovation of the Residential College Administration area in the Tyler House of East Quad...
Student Employee Works to Improve Conditions for Heavy Truck Drivers
Plant Exchange: Volume 16 / No. 7 / July 2007
Phil Drazewski, a student employee of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), is busy this summer improving conditions for heavy truck drivers. By taking measurements of seatbelt adjustments and ingress/egress handles, he hopes to improve both future driver safety and comfort...
New Look for Golf Pro Shop
Plant Exchange: Volume 15 / No. 6 / May 2007
In early January 2007, the manager of the University of Michigan Golf Course hired Construction Services to replace their existing main desk. The manager and the golf course staff wanted the desk positioned in the back corner of the pro shop for a more spacious feel, as well as, being more convenient...
Construction Services Presents Safety Awards To Staff
Plant Exchange: Volume 15 / No. 5 / March 2007
Jeanette Craft, Secretary Intermediate in Construction Services and Karen Diroff, a temporary employee in the Carpentry Shop, prepared the Employee Safety Awards presented to all of our full-time employees. We received a 50% reduction award in 2006 for reducing incidents by 10%...
Welcome Desks
Plant Exchange: Volume 15 / No. 4 / January 2007
The main entrances to the University Hospital and Taubman Health Center have a new look! As part of the renovation work at the main entrances of the hospital, Construction Services was hired to build and install custom welcome and valet desks....
Cabinetry Shop Gets “Lean”
Plant Exchange: Volume 15 / No. 3 / November 2006
The cabinetry shop has initiated a Lean Manufacturing team to reduce waste, including saw cut-offs, excess inventory and physical movement from machine to machine...
Med Sci I, 2nd Floor A-Wing Demolition Project
Plant Exchange: Volume 15 / No. 2 / September 2006
In response to the results of an Employee Satisfaction survey taken by Construction Services employees, members of the Labor Management Council (LMC) decided to pilot a program entitled ‘Crucial Confrontations™.’...
Construction Services and “Crucial Confrontations”
Plant Exchange: Volume 14 / No. 5 / May 2006
The Construction Services Shop recently completed a major demolition project at the Med Sci I building. The project was completed by a composite crew of skilled tradesmen from Construction Services and the Ohio Concrete Sawing and Drilling, Inc...
New Project Assistants
Plant Exchange: Volume 14 / No. 4 / February 2006
This past Fall, Construction Services welcomed three new Project Assistants: Mike Petit, Mike Folk, and Samantha Brandt...
Riser Replacement
Plant Exchange: Volume 14 / No. 4 / February 2006
On November 21, 2005, Construction Services began a very challenging project. For 47 days, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, Construction Services managed a project that replaced 22 sanitary risers effecting 82 Intensive Care Unit rooms in the UM main hospital. Due to the sensitive nature of the areas impacted, the project required a 24/7 work schedule...
Hospital Gets Help From Construction Services
Plant Exchange: Volume 14 / No. 3 / December 2005
This fall, Construction Services kicked off the implementation of the new Orders Management Project (OMP) that is expected to be completed by fall 2006. OMP is a massive clinical computing project that will improve the quality and safety of inpatient care in our Health System...
A Fresh Look
Plant Exchange: Volume 14 / No. 1 / August 2005
In February, Construction Services proceeded with a badly needed renovation in Ruthven Exhibit Museum. The under-utilized area was in need of electrical and mechanical upgrades. An overall increase of the exhibit area was also desired...
Roof Protection For Rooftop Staging Projects
Plant Exchange: Volume 13 / No. 6 / June 2005
Rooftop projects are on everyone's "to do list" now that the weather has finally warmed up in Michigan. A building's roof is the first line of defense against Mother Nature. Therefore, here are some roof Do's and Don'ts to help maintain the integrity of the facility...
Buhr Building's Electrical and Mechanical Analysis
Plant Exchange: Volume 13 / No. 5 / April 2005
In February, Construction Services conducted an electrical and mechanical evaluation of the Buhr Building. About two years ago, we provided power for 49 Digitization Workstations for The University of Michigan's libraries. These stations are used to digitize every book that the University owns for a Google project...
Project Reports
Plant Exchange: Volume 13 / No. 4 / February 2005
In the fall of 2003 the Senior Managers in Construction Services developed an outline for documenting the projects completed by our department...
Construction Services Earns UMHS Recognition
Plant Exchange: Volume 13 / No. 3 / December 2004
Construction Services has been heavily involved in the updating and restoration of the Children's playground area on the top level of Mott Hospital during the summer of 2003...
Construction Demolition Waste and Recycling Pilot Program a Success
Plant Exchange: Volume 13 / No. 3 / December 2004
Construction Services and Grounds & Waste Management have teamed up to pilot a new partnership for construction debris reuse and recycling...
Summer Upgrades at the Law Quad
Plant Exchange: Volume 13 / No. 2 / October 2004
This past summer Construction Services has worked with the Law Quad to upgrade Legal Research and Hutchins Hall by bringing the buildings into the 21st century...
Cool Solution
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 6 / June 2004
Over the winter, problems were detected in the Medical Science II Cooling Towers. The cooling tower piping had corroded and tests indicated that the Medical School could face the possibility of a catastrophic system failure during the upcoming cooling season...
Department's New Home
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 5 / April 2004
November 2003 marked the completion of the renovation of the Construction Services office in Plant. After many years of making due with offices that were cramped and inefficient the renovation has created a space for its managers that allow them to effectively complete their work assignments...
New Material Acquisition Pilot Program
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 4 / February 2004
Construction Services and MStores have partnered in the development of a program for material purchasing they hope will provide significant improvements to acquisition of materials required for construction and renovation projects...
ICU Renovations
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 3 / December 2003
Recently Construction Services completed renovations to three nursing stations in the Hospital's Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Since ICUs are a unique and sensitive environment, Construction Services faced key challenges of conducting the renovation work while the ICUs continued their operations...
Welcome to New Employees
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 3 / December 2003
Construction Services is happy to welcome two new managers to our family: Rich Gross-Foreman I Architectural Trade Shops, and Mark Bevington-Project Assistant...
Volunteer Cross-Functional Team
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 2 / October 2003
In the Winter of 2000 Plant Operations began working on a strategic plan for the department, "Vision 2005". One of the four major focus areas of this effort is "People" and the Volunteer Cross Functional team was born...
An Intern's Perspective
Plant Exchange: Volume 12 / No. 1 / Summer 2003
My name is Kevin Morgan and I am an architecture student working as a project intern under Rick Eathorne and Alan Swan. In the last few months, I have received an education in itself...
2002 In Review
Plant Exchange: Volume 11 / No. 3 / Winter 2003
Construction Services has been involved in hundreds of projects in 2002. These projects have ranged in size from the small one-to-two hour projects to very large and complex projects in many locations on campus. Nearly two years ago, Construction Services divided the campus into areas managed by our Managers of Construction Services...
Implementing Vision 2005
Plant Exchange: Volume 11 / No. 2 / Fall 2002
In the Fall of 2000, Construction Services began examining the way we provide our services. We focused on the changes we anticipated in the campus community (we did not anticipate former President Bollinger's departure) and how we needed to structure Construction Services to meet the needs of our customers...
Greetings and Farewells
Plant Exchange: Volume 11 / No. 1 / Spring 2002
Over the past year, Construction Services has made many changes in its family. Since March 2001, there have been promotions to management positions in Construction Services, as well as to management positions in other parts of the University, retirements, full-time trades positions added in place of contract temporary employees, and people promoted from within...

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