Peninsula College will be one of two recipients of this year’s 2015 Energy/Facilities Connections (EFC) Innovations Award, through Washington State University’s Extension Energy Program.
The regional award was created to help encourage the sharing of innovations and best practices with regard to public facilities support, under which all Washington public, non-profit and tribal organizations are eligible to participate.
Peninsula College’s submittal concerned best practices and innovations related to custodial services and the development of the Custodial Master Plan, as well as the positive and tangible results of that effort. This work was previously recognized by inclusion in a presentation at the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) conference.
As Peninsula College replaced over 75 percent (over 160,000 square feet) of its total square footage in the past seven years, they faced the challenge of maintaining approximately 50,000 additional square feet with four fewer custodians, due to budget cuts. In response to this need and as part of its strategic planning process, the college decided to undertake development of a Custodial Master Plan that would support the Facility Master Plan and other strategic initiatives of the college. The master plan would then be used as a tool to understand and calibrate workload and customer expectations.
The data generated during the development and maintenance of this plan supported the efforts of the Administrative Services Division to help the college decide how much, and which, of its services it wanted to purchase to support teaching and learning. The plan also established a clear, equitable workload and performance expectations for the custodial crew, and created a deeper understanding within college community of the daily effort involved in maintaining high standards.
The master plan provides clarity of expectations for workers and for customers, and is used as a tool to communicate with customers, allowing for feedback and adjustments as needed.
The award will be presented at the annual Energy/Facilities Connections Conference that will be held May 5-7 in Leavenworth, Washington. Director of Support Services, Patty McCray-Roberts, and Auxiliary Services Manager JayDee Smith, will accept the award on behalf of the college and speak about the project.
JayDee Smith & Patty McCray-Roberts
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