About

Mission Statement

The fundamental mission of the Physical Facilities Department is to serve the University’s Strategic mission and its various constituents in a proactive, responsible, and accountable manner. Integral to this mission, Physical Facilities shall maintain, operate, and protect the University facilities and environs in such a way as to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning, safe for the University community, attractive for University visitors and prospective students while preserving the University’s physical heritage for future generations.

Background

The Binghamton campus is spread over 930 acres including a 190-acre nature preserve and wetland area with a six-acre pond. In addition to caring for these grounds, Physical Facilities provides maintenance, renovation and a wide array of other services to nearly 118 buildings.

Repair and maintenance of a building’s infrastructure is generally not chargeable to the requesting state supported department.

Remodeling, changes, alterations, upgrades, additions to building infrastructure, special painting, and repair of departmental equipment and furnishings are generally chargeable to the requesting department. Also, modifications to utility systems to accommodate new or relocated equipment is chargeable.

Rules and Regulations

All modifications to Binghamton University facilities, regardless of complexity, must meet Title 9, "Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR)"- the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Any modification, alteration or addition to Binghamton University physical facilities, environs or grounds (regardless of funding source), must be performed by the Physical Facilities department, under its direct supervision or with review and approval of Physical Facilities if performed by a licensed contractor (who must pay prevailing wage). Inspection by the campus building inspector will be required depending on the scope of the project.

Physical Facilities Organization

Physical Facilities has more than 400 full time and part-time staff. The department consists of the following sub-units: Operations and Construction, Construction and Long Term Planning, Design, Operational and Capital Finances, Assest Management, Communications.

Operations & Construction

Operations is responsible for the day-to-day functioning and routine maintenance of buildings, building systems, grounds and utilities.

The Operations team consists of the following:

  • Campus Services
    • Custodial including Event Support
    • Customer Service Center
    • Central Receiving/Warehouse
    • Environmental Resource Management
    • Grounds & Mechanical Services
    • Expediting Services
  • Maintenance & Operations
    • Trades (carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing,painting, masonry)
    • Sign Shop
    • Lock Shop
    • Asbestos & Safety
    • Preventive Maintenance
    • Fire Alarms
  • Utilities & Mechanical Systems
    • Field HVAC
    • Zone HVAC
    • Refrigeration
    • Central Heating Plant
    • Utility/Energy Management
    • Electronics & Controls
  • Human Resources & Campus Mail Services

Design

The Design team is responsible for the designing projects that are funded by the Campus, Research Foundation, State of New York and residential resources. Campus maps and drawings are maintained and updated by the Design group.
Staff includes: 

  • Architectural Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Capital Construction Management
  • Space Management

Construction & Long Term Planning

Construction & Long Term Planning manages capital projects through concept, design and construction working in concert with campus constituents, consultants and contractors.

  • Project/Construction Management

Finances

Manages budget and procurement,  capital project finance and chargeback/project estimating/reconciliation.

Operational and Capital Finances also facilitates interface with the campus Business Office and campus wide business system.

Asset Management

The campus Asset Management administers the Property Control System (PCS) ensuring that the campus abides by all State and Research Foundation requirements. 

Communications

Coordinates information and announcements regarding departmental and capital construction activities through a variety of communication tools including a listserv, Inside, Dateline, B-line and Binghamton University and Physical Facilities websites. The Communications Specialist manages media requests regarding the department, oversees content of the departmental website and assists in the development of documents and presentations describing department operations and capital planning efforts.

There is perhaps no other department at Binghamton University that plays such a comprehensive role in the life of the University. The current Capital Plan, growth in enrollment and research continues to provide a challenging and quickly changing work environment for the more than 400 Physical Facilities employees. Physical Facilities endeavors to meet these challenges with creativity, professionalism and excellence.

Physical Facilities strives to be proactive in sharing information about all the construction and renovation now under way and planned. If you have a question about the department or about any of the construction and renovation activity, please call 777-2692.