Standard Eight - Physical Resources
Our mission and goals of providing high-quality instructional programs and public service are supported with physical facilities and equipment that are designed, maintained, and operated to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment conducive to higher learning. To that end we maintain the following physical facilities:
- WSU Ogden campus which consists of 400 total acres with 48 major buildings totaling approximately 2.5 million square feet (see complete list at https://departments.weber.edu/facilities/campuskeys/campusinfo/fmbuildinginfo.asp).
- The campus is pedestrian oriented with academic buildings located in the interior of the campus and major vehicular traffic, parking, and service functions around the perimeter. As a result, relatively short walking distances separate the academic buildings, adding to the convenience of class scheduling. For an Ogden campus map, see (https://weber.edu/weberstatemap/default.html)
- WSU Davis, approximately 10 miles south of WSU Ogden, consists of 100 acres with a single building (113,581sq. ft.).
- Off-campus instructional centers. We own and maintain an additional instructional facility, the Training and Learning Center (TLC), in Layton and lease the WSU West Center approximately 14 miles southwest of WSU Ogden.
Instructional and Support Facilities and Equipment (8.A.1, 8.A.2, 8.A.3)
Classrooms, laboratory space, and support facilities on each of the campuses are designed based on assessments from user departments and state guidelines from the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) Design Criteria.
Management, Maintenance, and Operation
Facilities Management Department (8.A.4)
Facilities Management, a department within the administrative services division, (https://departments.weber.edu/facilities/default.asp) has direct responsibility for maintenance, operation, and management for all facilities except student housing areas, the student union building, and shared responsibility for the Student Services Center, which are maintained by Student Affairs.
Facilities Management is composed of five main functional groups: Operations, Services, Campus Development, Systems Support, and the Business Center. (For an organizational chart, see https://departments.weber.edu/facilities/docs/Orgchartv2.pdf.)
Facility Maintenance, Repair, and Operation (8.A.4, 8.A.7)
Maintenance and repair requests are managed through a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). This system allows receipt of work requests either verbally or electronically. The work requirement is entered into the CMMS system and electronically transmitted to the appropriate shop for execution. When the craftspeople have completed work, information relating to costs, time, and status is automatically recorded in the CMMS and available for reporting and analysis. Since the inception of CMMS in 2002, the backlog of maintenance and repair items has been substantially reduced. The system enables shop managers to maintain better visibility of the work assigned to them and the current status of those requirements. The department also uses a computerized system, the Johnson Control Metasys Building Automation system to control and monitor the HVAC systems.
Operation and maintenance at the WSU Davis campus, the West Center, and the Training and Learning Center is fully coordinated with the maintenance functions based at WSU Ogden. Working in cooperation with the DFCM, a comprehensive facilities condition analysis of all major WSU Ogden buildings and infrastructure is maintained. This serves as a valuable tool in formulating requests for capital improvement and capital development funding from the legislature (see Standard 7).
Equipment Control (8.B.2)
Property Control, a department within the administrative services division has the direct responsibility for inventory and audit of all institutional equipment. Our Policy & Procedures Manual clearly defines the scope and policy for accountability of assets. All items purchased or otherwise acquired are evaluated for life expectancy and acquisition value. When required by policy, equipment is tagged with an inventory number, placed on a master list, and audited on an annual basis.
Campus Safety and Access (8.A.5, 8.B.3, 8.C.3)
The Department of Public Safety has the direct responsibility for safety on campus and includes WSU Police, Parking Services, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), and Risk Management.
The WSU Police (https://www.wsupolice.com/) are state-certified police officers who cultivate a safe and secure atmosphere supporting the educational process and promoting academic and personal achievement and community responsibility.
Each campus building is regularly monitored by a State Fire Marshall to identify fire safety concerns. Inspections have also been conducted for each campus building to identify asbestos-containing materials.
In addition, the EH&S office ensures the proper use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials through compliance with state and federal regulations.
We have shown steady improvement in campus safety and security as evidenced in student satisfaction survey data. (see Appendix III)
Parking Services develops and maintains a safe and economical parking system that continuously adapts to the changing needs of our community. Although adequate parking at WSU Ogden has been a significant challenge, a free campus shuttle bus system that allows students to park at the Dee Events Center, approximately one mile south of the campus, has allowed considerable growth in enrollment without introducing significant numbers of additional vehicles to the center of campus.
In cooperation with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), we began an Ed Pass program in 2003. This enables students, faculty, and staff to ride transit authority busses and light rail free by showing a WSU ID card. This also helps to ease the parking and congestion problems on the Ogden campus. UTA also runs a regular route between WSU Ogden and WSU Davis.
We are committed to providing appropriate access to physical facilities for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. WSU Ogden has been designed with a peripheral road system and peripheral parking lots. In general, vehicle traffic is restricted from the central campus area, which is pedestrian oriented. WSU Davis is similarly master planned to keep vehicle and pedestrian traffic separate.
WSU Ogden is built on the side of a mountain. Adequate access for the physically challenged has been difficult but is a priority. The use of ramps, sloping sidewalks, and building elevators make central campus movement available to everyone. Services for Students with Disabilities has direct responsibility for assisting individuals with disabilities. This department works closely with Facilities Management department to ensure all new and remodeled physical facilities projects meet all applicable codes and the needs of special constituencies.
Master Planning (8.C.1, 8.C.4)
In early 2002, we undertook an extensive physical facilities planning effort that culminated in the publication of the WSU Recommended Master Plan in June 2002 for WSU Ogden. (https://departments.weber.edu/facilities/docs/2004_final_master_plan.pdf) The plan provides a framework for planning and development of additional growth as academic and university programs grow and develop requirements for additional facilities and/or infrastructure. A separate master plan has also been developed to guide the expected rapid growth of WSU Davis. The WSU Davis master plan was produced in 2001 with the assistance of HFS Architects. Like the WSU Ogden plan, it involved the most senior members of administration in the planning and concept development.
The two master plans complement each other in addressing the growth opportunities and limitations in the physical plant for the foreseeable future.
Physical Facilities Development and Improvement (8.C.2, 8.C.4)
Like all other state institutions of higher learning in Utah, we identify facilities development (over $1.5 million) and facilities improvement (under $1.5 million) projects through the State Division of Facilities Construction & Management’s (DFCM) facility condition assessment program that is conducted approximately every five years. Each deficiency is described and prioritized as to urgency of need, impact, and cost. This information is aggregated and evaluated for all campus facilities to establish an operations and maintenance program for the next five or more years.
Each year we follow a process to identify capital development and capital improvement projects. We submit those projects to the State Building Board for approval. Our development and improvement projects compete with similar projects submitted by state agencies and other institutions of higher education each year.
II. Significant Changes Since 2004
Capital Development Projects
Since 2004 Weber has replaced two antiquated instructional buildings with a new 94,000 sq. ft. general instruction building. It has also restructured the central corridor of campus making it both more attractive and more functional. The main, west entrance to campus has been restructured with new traffic flow and redesigned parking.
Capital Improvement Projects
Recent capital improvement projects have replaced aging roofs, resurfaced parking lots and continued to improve access for the physically disabled.
III. Strengths and Challenges
- The addition of significant new and/or remodeled physical facilities
- Strong community support and resource base through donations, gifts, and other services
- Securing funding at the required levels to provide and maintain the facilities consistent with our mission