Facilities Services: Comments from 10/20/11

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding Facilities Services. The following are their responses:

Create

•Staff and faculty only parking lot

•Improved parking - add parking garage

•New buildings/space - We need more academic buildings like Columbine Hall. Departments involved in research need more dedicated space (Psychology for example).

•Parking - more parking garages-underground parking - light rail

•Build a new building to house education with dedicated classrooms to more closely resemble K-12 classrooms

•New on campus housing - at full capacity currently

•Create a center that is focused on health sciences; health center,

•Counseling, Disability services

•Build the sport center on own campus

•Better communication with students regarding financial aid-everything is so vague

•The music program is bursting at the seams. There are not enough practice rooms, teaching classrooms, smart classrooms and NO performing space. Please - for the sake of campus and community engagement: BUILD THE ARTS BUILDING.

•More pedestrian ways to get around

•Gender neutral bathrooms- spaces for families

•Expand the Rec Center

•Take a serious look at the gondola project to transport students from 4D to campus

•More student social spaces-lounges, meeting rooms, workspace, etc.

•Academic Services bldg is a great idea! - interdisciplinary & collaborative

•Develop a Center for Excellence in sport education - build a building to house the center

•Add more emergency blue boxes and more lights along Regent Circle (many women walk home from the library very late)

•Rec Center - expand center building and offerings - great asset to campus!

•Facilities - add an arts building - includes VAPA, Gallery, Theatreworks, and community partners - flexible performance spaces/classrooms/black box theatre + smart classrooms

•We need another 300 (or larger) student lecture hall to enable growth

•Create more parking. Parking is at a crisis point and it is offensive to ask students and staff to pay such an incredible amount of moneys for such terrible parking conditions - i.e. never finding a parking space!

•Our facilities staff do a great job of maintaining the buildings and grounds but there is constant turnover of personnel. Let's try to improve the plight of those less visible to improve morale and salary of our facilities staff

•Please get a janitor for 1st floor Columbine

•Get more parking

•Make the FDC free parking for State employees or lower the cost. I'm a single mother and find it hard to pay - but need to have it for my kids if I need to leave early

•Parking - we need more or a better schedule

•More custodial supervisory positions for personnel who have worked hard on this campus

•More flat, usable, grassy outdoor spaces throughout campus to be used informally by our students

•This once a week faculty approach is insane. If you are a teacher be here for your students. How can you justify office space full time for a once a week faculty

•Don't develop/pave/flatten every possible area as the campus expands. Include greenspace, walking/biking trails & routes and undeveloped natural areas!  Utilize the existing topography and views to create a campus that is unique and works with, not against, the natural landscape.

•Significantly expand student space (scheduled; non-scheduled) in the University Center to support the continuous growth of student programming, clubs, organizations and leadership

•Articulate and energy and transportation vision in the Master Plan.

•How will emissions be addressed in new plan-reduce climate impact

•A gardening swap opportunity for faculty and staff. Can I bring you pots to use instead of recycling them, for example?

•Do you have leftover landscaping materials, like plants and mulch that you can sell to staff & faculty at low cost?

•Expand the Recreation Center and its programs

•We need more parking, preferably a parking structure. Also, I would like to see some incentives for people to carpool

•More parking spaces, dorms & campus apartments, academic building

•More parking! (I bet I'm not the only one who thinks this)

•Snow removal should be done by grounds crew & not just the trades people

•More parking facilities

•Student clubs - There is a group that works on improving a cart each year that doesn't have a safe area to work. Grinding on a dock isn't safe. The old shop in EAS may be a good location for renovation.

•Student Support - A home for the annual bonfire. This event continues to grow and it should be supported with a home"

•Parking - must keep up with enrollment! Carpool program, additional parking garages

•Facility support for research - In EAS we've been told the campus feels there is adequate space dedicated to research. As a researcher in EAS, I can say this is simply not true. If research is a valued commodity - it needs to be supported with space.

•Create a football field for informal or formal events

•Student Housing Communities - Greek life; Learning/living communities

•Think carefully about transportation and traffic issues from the perspective of realism, not idealism. Example: it may be interesting to plan for the demise of the automobile, but for now, students are late to class because they can't park - how do we realistically cope?"

•More space for admissions and records

•More parking

•Dorms

•Need to determine what colleges & departments need to reach adequate research space to support grant submissions & make us more competitive in a tight grant environment

•Parking is an obvious issue, but without even having to expand in any way. There is a way to create more parking for students:

•The fourth floor of the parking garage rarely gets used. At the same time, the third floor is completely packed on a daily basis with students who an on a waitlist for parking passes. As I understand, faculty are also allowed to park in visitors parking with their parking passes. If we designated the fourth floor for faculty parking, it would not only make it easier for faculty, but it would open up those spaces across campus for students to use.

•Then, we could open up visitor parking to all students, and make the visitor parking in the garage more like Lot 1 (where you put the ticket in our windshield) and park anywhere in the garage. This would open up another entire floor of the garage for student parking. Use parking passes could be sold and fewer students would have to pay daily for visitor parking.

•Acknowledgement verbally for job done well consistently - Then have email sent to Director or top manager to have a memo posted for all to see

•Include long term maintenance costs for developing topography

•Special fee parking pass for FDC employees to compensate for our low wages

•Increase Parking

•Create more parking garages or lots

•Create free late night parking-why can't parking be fee from 9 to midnight?  Library is open until midnight

•Make a parking garage out of Lot 6 & the CITTI building

•Develop faculty housing, including transitional housing for new faculty to move into for their 1st year while they are learning the city & house shopping

•Build an arena (say 5,000 seating) with a student union center

•New expanded student union

•Gondola or other alternative transportation

•More student centered spaces in all buildings

•Implement electronic card access locks to increase security & reduce liability from lost keys

•Parking garages

•Upgrade/remodel Columbine Hall!!

•IT data rooms that are big enough for IT's equipment, cooled and NOT used to store other department stuff

•More parking lots close to campus

•More open/natural spaces

• Love the idea of a combined public/academic library down around

•No. Nevada area & love the idea of the public/academic bldgs down there

•Create more student housing - it will help shape the culture of the campus maybe even serve faculty/staff housing

•Can Columbine please be the next remodel!? Teaching in there is like teaching in 1995. In a dungeon.

•A new and improved FDC. This center should have automatic sinks, automatic paper towel dispensers, automatic soap dispensers, blinds inside the window panes, and all other codes & laws followed.

•Maybe have a program added for infants and school ages during the school year in addition to the summer.

•Love the new tower between the UC & Library. I think we should put a pyramid outside the front of UC and move the mountain lion to the top of the pyramid and a couple of picnic tables I feel would bring a lot of student & staff & faculty together and it would match the other side. Much nicer look

•Every new building that goes up (like the new res hall) needs to have an attached parking lot.

•Create more areas on campus where students can congregate & play

•More on campus housing

•We need to create parking garages at the periphery of campus so we can eliminate surface parking in the middle of campus

•Concrete pads for motorcycle parking

•Explore and pursue a facility to house a sports business incubator

•Create a student art gallery, visual arts studio space, learning labs-for collaborative learning (laptops & tables)

•More convenient for pay parking for outsiders-it is really nice that you have that but it's hard to find a spot often

•A beautiful building for health sciences-are we the red headed step child here?

•Growth without a plan on where to hold classes, put students or offices for staff & faculty does not make sense

•Dwire is full - there are no empty offices where are all the new faculty in Bus. SPA & Econ going to be housed?

•A volley ball sand court

•Parking - eventually close in parking should be faculty & staff parking & buses for students - at least during the day"

•Build no buildings without building supporting parking

•We lost a prime opportunity when we built Gallogly. Use is limited because there's no supporting parking. Limits value to the community

•I LOVE the "full build out" plan that is east of campus, specifically that the buildings face inwards to shared spaces instead of at parking lots. More corridor and less "stripmall" is terrific

•Create bike/skateboard lanes on walkways

•Need more parking

•Another parking garage

•A campus chapel - non-denominational

•Wider sidewalks

•Free parking for staff - incentive to work here

•I'm sure this is due to the budget, but it would sure be nice to have the Rec Center Pool be open more hours. Right now the pool hours rarely meet my open hours between classes.

•Like the idea of an event center on N. Nevada

•Larger student health center

•Support the Arts -The arts are totally neglected at UCCS - Facilities are horrible

•I'm very excited about the arts building. We need to expand & fund the arts centered initiatives

•Create separation between traffic types on campus 1) commuter traffic/parking, 2) pedestrian traffic, 3) service, shuttle vehicle traffic. Suggest moving shuttle route to north of the main campus run shuttles non-stop 10 minutes prior and after class breaks

•Create opportunity for students in the nursing & health sciences programs to participate in clinicals on campus by creating a center for community health on campus

•Create parking

•There should be more residence halls on the south side of campus (near University Hall)

•Add'l parking garage (multi-level) across the street from Mt. View to Fam Devel Ctr. Overhead walkway from this parking garage to N. side of Austin Bluffs. 

•No add'l parking - few out of state dorm students because there is no parking

•Expanded space!  Unique space for career center

•School of nursing facility & equipment outdated - new building with updated equipment needed for teaching would be great

•Fine Arts building so people can move out of U-Hall

•Arena - Track stadium

•More mid-size event space - Spaces a little larger UC303 +/- 116 more the size of upper lodge

•An improved and expanded child care facility

•The architectural design of Main Hall is very unique and more buildings should be built to match the style and give the campus a very unique, cultural feel

•Create better connectivity on campus that is pedestrian and bike friendly. Limit cars/vehicles to periphery of campus"

•Parking Parking Parking

•Create a facilities hotline so auxiliaries can contact someone about a building emergency

•Fitness Center - Free membership for faculty?

•Free parking for faculty's family (with paid membership)

•Old Engineering Building needs renovation - air handling systems are always breaking and cannot keep up with demand. Every time it rains it also rains inside.  We've had several serious water flooding issues in past years. If we ever flood an equipment lab, the cost will be catastrophic

•Provide Greek Chapter room space which would be rented from the university; 200+ Greeks currently participate as registered and recognized clubs at UCCS

•Here's a suggestion; Please create a drop-off point at FDC - we employ over 60 students and have approx. 80-90 families who are students (+faculty)

•Facilities - Increase availability of parking

•Facilities & Parking - Put a bus stop at FDC

•Beth-EL has out grown current space

•We need much more student space - both informal & formal

•Create faculty & staff housing for all but maybe more for young professionals

•Create net-zero waste buildings

•Improve hiking/biking trails

•Gardens for food services on campus

•Renewable energy initiative expansions

•Place for a bon fire every year

•Separate parking for faculty and staff

•More Parking

•A concerted effort to have the campus really show off the Brand (Black & Gold instead of Brown & Green, wherever possible)

•Fun places on campus (bowling alley, laser tag)

•More room for performing arts an Arts/VAPA Center in Uhall

•The theater & music department are out growing the space we have.

•We have students taking tests in the hallways - Ryan Neely

•Theatreworks

•Campus - more bus service

•Creation of separate "Student Health" facility. It should combine health center, counseling, disability services, etc.

•Facilities Parking - We need more parking! We need more parking!

•We need more parking! Students should not be parking in the neighboring communities

•Excellent planners for Master Plan

•More priority should be placed on parking for students. Buildings are built without adding parking

•Community stadium

•Add classroom space - classrooms that create a good learning environment (good space, able to move)

•Facilities - update all directory boards across campus with CURRENT items; Example Dwire 2nd floor top of the stairs - those names are two years out of date"

•Hire an energy manager for our $2M utility budget

•New health sciences and nursing building

•Increase availability of parking

•Parking - need to keep pace with student growth offices space- need to keep pace with student growth

•Remodel or create a new FDC - More enrollment could mean more children

•More student involvement

•Extend the idea of a campus green house to feed the students and staff at the FDC

•Expansion of the Rec Center

•Another parking garage

•Work with the City to move forward with the "Trolley Project" from downtown to UCCS. Trolley with bike racks

•Work with the City to make more bicycle routes to the campus

•Move FDC to main campus expansion

•Build North Nevada complex - all athletes in one spot-add a track

•Light rail system to replace shuttles

•Columbine needs a facelift. The building is dirty and dated.

•Classes are often scheduled in rooms too small

•Stacked parking garages take up less land resources than regular parking lot. Also - possibly consider turning a few parking lots into stacked parking structures w/skyways into buildings on campus.

•Secure. Lit. and less land

•More parking for students

•More open/recreation/green spaces with shade spots

•Usage - sitting/eating/reading; ultimate frisbee, football, soccer basketball; outdoor events

Keep

•Green space - the grounds have improved so much in the last 3 years. The green space such as the west lawn is wonderful

•Facilities - keep doing a great job around the campus

•Keep pushing for LEED building status

•Fantastic staff - thank you for all that you do

•Keep small campus view

•Keep spine idea

•Keep innovation on ideas & buildings

•Keep consistent look on campus

•Keep planning

•Keep working on parking

•Keep the look of the university central look

•Development of facilities has been great

•Columbine Hall could use some revamping

•Keep updating the old buildings- the campus should new and refreshed

•Excellent master plan ideas around the N. Nevada development

•I think you are all doing a good job of expanding the campus

•Signage on campus has dramatically improved but still needs a lot of work

•Keep the scenery as that is what makes the campus beautiful

•Keep up the great landscape design

•Keep the lawn in front of the engineering building-it's great to have an area like this where the students can play

•Keep renovating research/classroom spaces

•Keep student centered spaces (ROAR, MOSAIC)

•Keep pedestrian/bike friendly access

•Keep the investment in grounds maintenance a priority - student recruitment

•Keep Jeff Davis - he makes sure things get done

•Keep doing an excellent job on the green grass, these grounds-are by far the greenest at the peak of spring in Co. Springs -Great job keep doing it

•We should keep and maintain landscape & open areas for students

•Continue to focus on remodeling our current buildings and building new buildings making use of the current land - out buildings and facilities are very impressive

•Keep open communications about upcoming changes

•Keep the great accommodating staff & the beautiful open spaces

•Continue support of student activities with personnel, equipment and facilities - west lawn, bonfire location, banner placement, move requests - you do a great job

•Keep the Science Center and the Language Center

•Keep the Excel Centers

•Keep good walk and bikeways

•FDC-Correct (?) facility and teachers

•Develop a discount program for faculty and staff

•The current facilities is doing a great job!

•Kudos to Gary Reynolds, Stan Rovira, Carolyn Fox and Rob Dougherty

•Keeping making the campus look amazing

•Shuttle bus service are very good to park off campus - please do no eliminate

•Your amazing landscaping efforts & the campus has never looked as good

•Your greenhouse efforts to grow your own plants

•We need to keep the natural beauty of our North Campus - integrate buildings & parking into the native vegetation & topography

•Do not pave the site into a parking lot! It is our most unique attraction, a source of our source

•We need to keep the Heller Center as a special place.Do not overdevelop it. (i.e. pave it)

•We need to discard our current values that privilege economic savings over long term, lasting landscapes that create a sense of place. Too often we settle for cheap design & buildings other statements about lasting & enduring dedication to education and beautiful spaces. Build a campus we can showcase to the world

•The spine walkway links the campus together - as we move north this concept should continue

•Great work and beautiful campus do we own the land with boarded up houses - can they be removed, soon?

•Things look great on campus - KEEP IT UP!

•Keep the shuttle buses - the students really like the option to park free when they on have 1 class per week

•Keep plans for transportation spine

•Retain spectacular natural environment to a large an extent as possible - especially along bluffs and north campus on Heller and Trembly property

•Keep doing - Growth of facilities and renovation. Students are excited about the new project and look of the campus. Academic strengthening of program additions have added to the rep of the University.

Discard

•I don't need my garbage & my recyclables emptied everyday. 

•I am perfectly capable of emptying my own in a central location.

•You eliminate the daily office-to-office trash route, you can redeploy those employees to  focus on cleaning and maintenance of common areas or Save $'s. Besides most faculty are not in every day.

•Stop putting buildings on parking lots without adding parking to compensate

•Stop charging departments to use on campus services

•The median on Austin Bluffs that prevents turning into FDC

•As much as possible, stop renaming of buildings/spaces - at least insure signage (including information on the web site) is updated to coincide with the timing of changes

•Awkward spaces (Columbine)

•Waste! Grass on hills is nearly impossible to keep watered! The hill north of the parking garage where you cross the street, water runs by the gallons down the sidewalk. So much that moss can be seen growing in the gutter during summer months.

•Discard any old furniture - offices need updating in some areas

•Manage the campus more effectively. Quit what do you want to teach and when. Determine what needs to be taught when and assign it.

•Fully utilize existing space

•Stop building too many buildings

•Recent increase in developers voice in campus development.

•University Village is not a model UCCS should follow as we develop our campus along Nevada Ave.

•As much as possible, get rid of surface level parking in the center of the campus and replace with a more beautiful community-developing, academic environment, more shared spaces and learning spaces and less "strip mall" communterism

•Less concrete & more shade & grass at library plaza

•Parking-the whole issue of parking be addressed again - charge more for larger vehicles-Develop a discount program for families that are buying more than one permit - visitor parking is too expensive and not very accessible

•We should eliminate the surface parking in the center of campus (o.e. lots in front of Centennial Hall & Library). These are ugly & unsafe for bikes and pedestrians, yet remain the visual focus for people arriving. They are prime spots for new buildings & pedestrian spaces. More parking away to the edges

•Statements made about proposed pay raises with no finality to the event

•Discard parking fines late at night. Why not free parking at 11 pm?

•Discard abuse of campus vehicles for transporting employees from parking sites to facilities sites

•Tear down University Hall & rebuild it to create a building that is actually functional as a university building

•Current parking fee structure for visitors is not very welcoming to visitors

•For large event at Berger or Gallogly Events Centers, work with staff to make parking free for the event to encourage more use of campus, and also highlighting UCCS to community

•Discard the ridiculous amount of $ staff have to pay to park at UCCS.

•Parking conditions are terrible and it is obscene to have to pay for it!!

•Stop charging individual departments and areas for use of empty conference rooms that sit empty a lot of the times