The Facilities Management Department of The State University of New York / Purchase College is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of all existing college facilities. The Department of Facilities Management is a service organization. Our mission is to enable the college to carry out its overall mission by continually improving the quality of our services to meet our customer’s needs. From custodial operations, repairing building systems and providing heat and air conditioning, to providing expertise on the design and construction of new buildings, the department is deeply involved in the life and mission of Purchase College.
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Steven P. Dorso
Interim Director of Facilities Management
Associate Director of Facilities Management
Assistant Director of Mechanical Systems
Assistant Director of Buildings, Grounds, & Maintenance
Senior Energy Manager
Facilities Business Manager, Quality Assurance / Quality Control Specialist
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Department Overview … .. .
The Department of Facilities Management is responsible for the overall maintenance and operation of all academic and residential facilities totaling over two (2) million square feet of building space. The Department is also responsible for over five hundred (500) acres of campus grounds.
The Custodial Department is responsible for the general cleaning of approximately 2 million square feet on a daily basis. The Custodial Department consists of 63 employees in total. Some of the routine tasks we perform daily are office, restroom, laboratory, public areas, building entrances and classroom cleaning. Other tasks such as stairwells and general floor care are part of their responsibility. Some other services provided are as follows:
The majority of Custodial services are performed during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Custodial Services Manager
Lexer Bedon, Head Custodian
Tel: (914) 251-6930
Custodial Cleaning Procedures
The campus custodial and building services department is under the direct supervision of the Head Custodian who reports to John Byrnes, Custodial and Grounds Manager.
The custodial department staff is divided into five separate groups; each group has a Supervising Janitor who reports directly to the Head Custodian. The Supervising Janitor is responsible for a group of buildings and supervises a staff of janitors and cleaners. The Supervising Janitors and their areas of responsibility are listed below:
Group 1 – Library, Phys Ed, Children’s Center, Print Shop, Mailroom, Publications,
Student Services Book Store
Group 2 – Administration, CCN, Human Resources, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
Group 3 – Visual Arts, Service Group, Butler-Student Center, Dance-LIU, PAC, Music
Group 4 – Residence Halls, Outback, Phase 1 Apts, Phase 2 Apts, Alumni Village
Fort Awesome, CCS
Maury Blige (Night Shift)
Group 5 – Humanities, Dance, Visual Arts, Natural Sciences
The Structural Department has 1 mason, 1 general mechanic, 1 roofer, 1 locksmith, and 4 maintenance assistants. Together they maintain all academic facilities for a total of 1.5 million sq/ft. Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:
The majority of the Structural shop services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
Maintenance Supervisor Structural
Tel: (914) 251-6942
In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 8am – 4:30pm
(914) 251-6928 after 4:30pm
The Electric shop is responsible for the maintenance and repair of electrical systems on Main Campus and Beechwood residence. The shop works on all electrical systems operating on 480/277 and 208/120 volts. Specific duties provided in support of the College are as follows:
The majority of the Electrical shops services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday
Lloyd Roberts, Electrical Supervisor
Tel: (914) 251-6948
In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 / 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
(914) 251-6928 / after 4:30 pm
The Grounds Department is responsible for the overall appearance and maintenance of the Campus roads and Grounds encompassing the Main Campus, and including off site properties. The college is established on 500+ acres of land with 4 miles of roads, 6 miles of walks and 100 acres in malls and plazas. There is 200 acres comprised of grass area and 200 in wooded area. It is the goal of our department to enhance the college experience for the Students Faculty and Staff by maintaining a clean and safe environment. Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:
Maintain all horticultural materials such as, turf, trees, evergreens, shrubs, vines, ground covers and flowering plants
LAWN MAINTENANCE & GRASS CUTTING SCHEDULE
Day of Week Area Maintained
Monday -- Phase-1 Apts., Phase-2 Apts., Dance, Soc Sci & Nat Sci
Tuesday -- Residence Halls, Plaza Area (Great Lawn), Beechwood
Wednesday -- Administration Complex, Butler & Visual Arts
Wednesday – Thursday -- Brigid Flanagan Drive, Front Entrance, PAC Lawn
Thursday – Friday -- Athletic Fields
Friday -- Lincoln Avenue
Note: Above schedule may need to be adjusted due to inclement weather, campus events and unforeseen emergencies.
The majority of Grounds Shop services are performed during the hours of 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
George Halliday, Grounds Supervisor
In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 8am – 4:30pm
(914) 251-6928 after 4:30pm
Plant Utilities Operations
The Plant Utilities Operations and Maintenance Department operates a 130 million BTU capacity heating plant and a 3000 ton capacity chilled water plant. They also operate and maintain various satellite boilers and air-conditioning equipment to provide all heating, hot water and cooling requirements of the campus. The department is also responsible for monitoring and operation of the Siemens energy management system.
The heating plant is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all HTHW generators and associated equipment on campus. The HTHW system provides the heating and domestic hot water requirements for all academic and residential facilities except for Outback, Alumni Village, Beechwood, and Butler Building & Administration Complex. The heating plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Outback and Alumni Village have individual gas fired boilers. The Administration Complex and Beechwood have satellite boilers and fuel storage tanks that require no. 2 fuel oil for operation. The Butler Building (student center) has electric heat only and the Children’s Center is equipped with two heat pumps that provide heating and cooling for that facility. Plant personnel are responsible for scheduling fuel oil deliveries and for the daily inspection, operation and maintenance of all HVAC equipment for these facilities.
The chiller plant is located at the Lincoln avenue underpass. The plant provides the air-conditioning needs of all academic buildings. The chiller plant operates in the cooling season only from Mid April to Mid October. Plant Utilities personnel operate and monitor all chiller equipment and are responsible for scheduling annual maintenance with outside contractors. Plant engineers and assistant engineers are also responsible for annual maintenance of the cooling tower and its associated equipment. The cooling tower is located behind the Physical Education building.
Specific duties provided in support of the College are as follows:
Michael Armida, Assistant Director of Mechanical Systems Tel: (914) 251-6924/ (Mon - Fri) 8:00 am - 4:30pm
Henryk Konys, Plant Utilities Engineer 3 Tel: (914) 251-6947 / (Mon – Fri) 8:00am - 4:30pm
Jamie Caiado, Plant Utilities Engineer 2 Tel: (914) 251-5917 / (Mon-Fri) 8:00am - 4:30pm
In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 / (Mon-Fri) 8:00 am-4:30 pm
PLANT Tel: (914) 251-6928 (24hrs / day : 7days / week)
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is responsible to provide a comfortable environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors by maintaining and controlling building HVAC equipment including fan units, pumps, motors, preheat & reheat coils, mixing boxes, thermostats, control valves, dampers, piping and insulation. The HVAC department is primarily responsible for heating and cooling systems in academic buildings but do provide services to residential facilities when required.
HVAC Department Director
Maintenance Supervisor - HVAC & Plumbing
Gary Cataneo, Maintenance Supervisor - Plumbing & HVAC
In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920
Other staff include the following:
John Timpano – Refrigeration Mechanic
Miguel Arquinio – General Mechanic
Jaime E. Caiado - General Mechanic
Jose Diaz – General Mechanic
Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:
The Majority of the HVAC shop services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday.
Residential Facilities Operations
Residential Facilities Operations is responsible for coordination of all maintenance and repairs for over 500,000 square feet of residential space. This includes the Residence Halls (Big Haus, Crossroads, Farside) , Outback, Phase 1 Apts. (The Olde), Phase 2 Apts. (The Commons), and Alumni Village.
The department includes two staff assistants that report directly to the Director and are responsible for coordinating all maintenance and repair activities, including work request, resident complaints and room inspections. The department also coordinates move in and move out activities with the Office of Residence Life (ORL) at the beginning and end of each semester. Other responsibilities include room damage assessment and charge backs for repairs to student rooms.
The department also has a staff of maintenance workers which includes: 4 general mechanics, 1 carpenter, and 1 maintenance assistant. The staff is disbursed in the following manner:
Residence Halls & Outback Dormitories – 1 General Mechanic & 1 Carpenter
Phase-1 Apartments – 1 General Mechanic
Phase-2 Apartments – 1 General Mechanic
Alumni Village – 1 General Mechanic
The Plumbing shop is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all academic and residential facilities. At the departments request we will assist in the repair and installations of plumbing related departmental equipment. Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:
The majority of the Plumbing shop services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday.
OUTLINE OF AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
Corey Dawkins:Residence Facilities Management Iterim Director
Kiki Loiseau:Staff Assistant - RFM
Mike Tyler: Operations Manager - RFM
Wendell Brand: Maintenance Supervisor - RFM
Michael Lloyd: General Mechanic
Vincent Lanni: Maintenance Assistant
Angel Marrero: General Mechanic
Ozzie Mazzarri: General Mechanic
Antonio Contreras: General Mechanic
Ysidro Cespedes: General Mechanic
Corey Dawkins, Residential Facilities Operations Interim Director
Tel: (914) 251-4463
Wendell Brand, Maintenance Supervisor - RFM
Tel: (914) 251-6322
Mike Tyler, Operations Manager - RFM
Tel: (914) 251-5944
In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920
Environmental Health & Safety
The Environmental Health & Safety Division provides consultation, assistance, enforcement and compliance of all governing codes including but not limited to, DEC, OSHA, NFPA, as well as the institutional policy on Right-to-Know and handling of hazardous materials. The department also coordinates the removal of hazardous materials by outside contractors.
Edward Musal, Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Tel: (914) 251-6917 / (Mon – Fri) 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fire Safety Inspections and Investigations
The Fire Safety Officer coordinates formal campus wide annual Fire Safety inspections with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC). The Fire Safety Officer works with the OFPC, University Police, and the Purchase Fire Department to investigate campus fires. The Fire Safety Officer is responsible for subsequent remediation of all fire safety violations cited by the NYS OFPC during their annual campus wide fire safety inspections.
Campus Fire Evacuation Procedures and Drills
The Fire Safety Officer maintains evacuation procedures for all campus buildings and conducts periodic fire drills in campus academic and administrative buildings. The Fire Safety Officer also works with the Office of Residence Life to ensure that successful Fire drills are conducted in all campus residential areas.
Campus Fire Evacuation Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Why is it necessary to report to a muster area after evacuating a building? Does it really matter where we go as long as we get out of the building?
Answer: Meeting at a designated evacuation muster area is important because it enables rescue personnel to go to a single area and account for individuals who might not have made it out of the building, thereby enabling a more targeted search and rescue operation. If someone fails to muster at their assigned area, rescue personnel might receive information that someone may be inside the building, when in fact they are outside the building at another location
Click on links below to view evacuation procedures for each building.
Library / The Meserve – Kunhardt Collection