The Thompson Building's warehouse facility was expanded, creating more storage for equipment, covered parking and offices.
The building, attached to the historic Thompson Building, includes space for the wide variety of maintenance needs at the University, including grounds maintenance, central receiving, information technology technical support and telecommunications, facilities management administration, furniture moving and conference set-ups.
“We used to be in different buildings,” said John Gavin, maintenance manager, who oversees a team of 16 employees, including two supervisors. “Having everyone under one roof helps us keep things operating smoothly.”
In the carpentry shop, staff carpenters build custom furniture pieces, from podiums to bars, in a state-of-the-art wood working shop. The paint shop gives workers a central storage area for all the different paints used on campus as well as a place to clean and store tools. Separate plumbing, electrical and HVAC shops keep the many pipes, valves and fittings, light bulbs and wires, belts and refrigerants organized and give workers space to make needed repairs. The locksmith shop provides easy accessibility to students needing key repairs. There is even a closet used to store the wide variety of special items, including the signage found on campus.