Florida State University Seal



FSU Facilities News

A Growing Legacy: FSU College of Medicine Chapman Garden


A Growing Legacy: FSU College of Medicine Chapman GardenThe Chapman Memorial Garden is at the Florida State University College of Medicine and is designed to be an extension of the Thrasher Building. It is named after Jules B. Chapman, M.D., and Annie Lou Chapman, whose foundation provides scholarships to the College of Medicine. The renovated courtyard serves as a welcoming space for students to relax and contemplate the humanistic aspect of practicing medicine. The garden features hardscape plazas, landscaping, irrigation, a water element, and seating to encourage individuals to sit, have lunch, or hold small group meetings.


Employee Parking Lot Closure Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 25, 2024


Employee Parking Lot Closure Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 25, 2024Please be advised that a section of the University Center A - North employee parking lot will be inaccessible from Monday, May 20, to Friday, May 25, 2024, due to the setup of a crane in the area. Please see the graphic below for details.


Building Excellence: Zale Bergozza


Building Excellence: Zale BergozzaResidence halls serve as a home away from home for many Florida State students. University Housing Maintenance Supervisor Zale Bergozza ensures that students have the best possible on-campus housing experience by overseeing repairs and improvements to the residence halls.

Zale has been celebrating a decade-long career at University Housing. He started as a General Technician, transitioned to Specialty Trades Technician, and became the West Side Maintenance Supervisor. In October 2023, he was promoted to Housing Maintenance Supervisor, where he oversees trades work in all residence halls.


May 8, 2024 - Chieftan Way Closure


May 8, 2024 - Chieftan Way ClosurePlease be advised that a section of Chieftan Way between Spirit Way and West Call Street will be closed on Wednesday, May 8, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. due to maintenance work in the area.

The eastern side of the sidewalk on Chieftan Way will be accessible. Access to the Biomedical Research Facility (BRF) and Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) parking lots will be available on the Call Street side.


Woodward Garage Temporary Closure Monday, May 13 - Friday, June 30


Woodward Garage Temporary ClosureThe Woodward Parking Garage will be undergoing maintenance from Monday, May 13 to Friday, June 30. Please remove your vehicle from Woodward Garage before Monday, May 13.

As sections are completed, levels of the garage may gradually reopen. Stayed tuned for further updates.


Building Excellence: Zone C&D Facilities Maintenance


Ceremonial Evergreen Placed at Legacy HallWelcome to Building Excellence! This feature spotlights a Facilities team recognized for going above and beyond to create, maintain, and manage Florida State University's physical environment.

The maintenance teams made up of electricians, plumbers, and maintenance technicians, were recently recognized for their diligent work this spring ahead of important events on campus for our academic partners.


Facilities Announces New Organizational Structure


Ceremonial Evergreen Placed at Legacy HallFacilities is pleased to announce that it is transitioning to a new organizational structure. This change ensures that we continue to offer the best possible physical environment to our campus community by creating, maintaining, and operating our buildings, grounds, utility systems, and infrastructure. Facilities leadership has collaborated with human resources to design an organizational structure that will enable us to provide our campus partners with the highest quality of customer service.


Ceremonial Evergreen Placed at Legacy Hall


Ceremonial Evergreen Placed at Legacy HallA pine tree was raised on the roof of Legacy Hall during its "Topping Out" ceremony, marking the completion of the building's structural phase. The pine is known as a "Topping Tree," indicating the celebratory nature of the building structure reaching its final height. For builders, the evergreen holds a profound symbolism. It is a testament to the safety and care taken and a beacon of good luck and prosperity for future occupants.


Annual Steam Outage - May 4 - 12, 2024


The campus-wide steam outage will begin on Saturday, May 4, and continue until Sunday, May 12. During this period, steam will not be available on campus as the system will be de-energized. The annual outage is necessary to maintain and upgrade the utility system. Facilities is exploring ways to minimize such outages in the future. The work will ensure the system's safety and longevity.


Facilities Opens New Operations Center


Facilities Opens New Operations CenterFacilities Information has relocated our operations center to a more modern space within Mendenhall A. The operations center is the central hub for Facilities to monitor campus systems actively. This new space provides enhanced situational awareness of campus activities, events, outages, and external factors such as weather.

The expansion will afford facilities increased operational capacity and more staffing opportunities. With our focus on customer service and transparency, we are confident that the new operations center will contribute to Facilities' culture of Building Excellence.


Building Excellence: Union+ Maintenance


Building Excellence: Union+ MaintenanceThe Union+ Maintenance Team maintains the buildings that empower and support students, such as the Student Union, Askew Student Life Center, The Globe, Student Services Building, and more!

The team brings diverse skills to the Union+ zone and is well-equipped to tackle any maintenance issue staff may present. Whether it is a routine inspection, emergency repair, system upgrades, or minor renovations, they are on the ground building excellence daily. The Student Union staff recently recognized the Union+ group for the improvements made in the Student Services Building (SSB), including door restoration, painting, and enhanced entryway aesthetics.


South Copeland Street Closure - 3/30


South Copeland Street Closure - 3/30Please be advised that S Copeland Street from W College Ave to W Jefferson St will be shut down on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Vehicular traffic will be temporarily detoured to S Macomb St.


Learning Way Lane Closure - 4/5


Learning Way Lane Closure - 4/5Please be advised that a section of Learning Way's north lane between the Askew Student Life Building and The Globe will be closed on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to utility work in the area. Learning Way will be reduced to one lane (alternating traffic), and flaggers will be present to guide traffic.


AiM Upgrade March 29 - 30


Facilities ITS is upgrading the AiM work management system. Starting Friday, March 29th at 5 p.m., ITS will turn off all Facilities web request forms that feed into AiM: Service Requests, Housing Requests, Surplus Requests, Special Event Requests, etc.


EAP Lot Closed Through 4/19


EAP Lot Closure ImagePlease be advised that the parking lot behind the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) building at 937 W. Jefferson St., will be partially closed through Friday, April 19th, due to demolition work in the area.


National Call to Artists - Interdisciplinary Research and Commercialization Building (IRCB)


National Call to Artists - Interdisciplinary Research and Commercialization Building (IRCB)Through the state of Florida's Art in State Buildings program (ASB) Program, Florida State University (FSU) seeks proposals for existing or new 2D or 3D public art to be installed permanently inside or on the grounds of the Interdisciplinary Research and Commercialization Building (IRCB) currently under construction.


Moore Auditorium Closure & Generator Work at HCB


Spring Break Graphic w/ Access RouteMoore Auditorium will be closed from March 11-17, 2024.

On March 10th, a generator will be placed on the east side of the HCB Classroom Building. On March 11th, large trucks, trailers, and a crane will be present, blocking the path between Student Union and Moore Auditorium. Alternate routes are available (see map).


The Late Winter Leaf Drop of Campus Live Oaks


Live oak leaf shedding on campusFlorida State University's campus is well known for its iconic grounds with the Southern Live Oak being one of its crown jewels. As winter turns to spring in Tallahassee, Live Oaks begin shedding their leaves. Individual Live Oak trees shed their leaves at various times- often weeks apart. However, the spring leaf shedding is currently at its peak throughout campus, resulting in a flurry of leaves dropping that the Facilities' Grounds and Landscaping team is diligently working to keep at bay. They also collect them to be composted at the plant nursery when possible.


Planning, Design, and Construction Announces New Organizational Structure and Leadership Positions


Planning, Design, and Construction will transition to a new organizational structure aimed at undertaking the most extensive capital improvement portfolio in Florida State University's history. Considering workload and campus partner satisfaction, Planning, Design, and Construction is pleased to announce three new roles.


FSU hires new Maintenance Director


Joel VanRavenswaayFlorida State University Facilities is happy to announce that Joel VanRavenswaay has been selected as the Director of Facilities Maintenance. With a trades career of over three decades and over twenty years of experience in university facilities management, he will serve as a key steward of the physical systems supporting the University's teaching, learning, research, and service goals. VanRavenswaay will begin his new role on February 26th.


Facilities and Housing Introduces New Service Level Agreement


As students returned to residence halls after Winter break to gear up for the Spring Semester, FSU Facilities Department and University Housing prepared to implement a new Service Level Agreement (SLA). This collaborative agreement, which took effect on January 5th, outlines the custodial and maintenance services provided by Facilities to Housing and sets the financial expectations for Routine and Non-routine Maintenance.


Master Craftsman Announces Flaumenhaft Family Gate


Flaumenhaft Family GateSeminole Boosters unveiled the Flaumenhaft Family Gate of Florida State University's Doak Campbell Stadium on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023. The 3'x12' sign is composed of aluminum and features cast aluminum letters bearing the family's name.

Florida State University Facilities' Master Craftsman Studio oversaw the design and installation of the Flaumenhaft Family Gate sign. It includes a powder-coated finish selected for its durability, lightness, and minimal oxidation in a humid environment.


Ragans Hall Lobby Updates


Ragans Hall Lobby UpdatesRagans Residence Hall is an apartment-style dorm on the west of campus comprised of four buildings with a shared lobby. Facilities Design recently completed updated finishes to the lobby, including flooring, carpet, and paint. The Ragan lobby experiences heavy traffic as it is occupied year-round and serves as a contact point for residents and staff.

Ragans Hall was renamed in 2006 in honor of Sherill Williams Ragans, a former residence counselor and housing director. The lobby design features a collage centered on a previously crowded wall, highlighting the hall's namesake.


Spring Fire Drills


Please be advised FSU Environmental Health & Safety staff will conduct Spring 2024 Annual Fire Evacuation Drills in the buildings listed below starting on January 17th and ending on February 9th. These drills are required by the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Florida Fire Prevention Code and serve as an important training exercise for faculty, staff, and students should a real fire emergency occur. These exercises are to be conducted at times representing “normal” occupancy and a complete building evacuation by all building occupants is required by state law. Information on the University’s Fire Evacuation Drill Program can be found at https://www.safety.fsu.edu/safety_manual/Fire%20Drills.pdf.


Winter Break Outages and Closuress


Multiple outages and closures are planned for the Winter break, please read more for specifics.


Track and Beach Volleyball Facilities Upgrades


Track and Beach Volleyball Facilities UpgradesThe success of Florida State University Athletics highly depends on having reliable structures and systems in place. Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction is excited to announce the addition of two new storage facilities that will offer additional storage for the Track and Beach Volleyball teams.


Landis Furniture Improvements


Landis Furniture ImprovementsBordering Landis Green to the south and sharing the same name, Landis Hall is an essential figure in the heart of Florida State's campus. Home to 400 honors students, University Housing requested a furniture replacement for Landis Hall's common areas, such as study rooms, kitchens, and lounges. The Facilities Design group collaborated with University Housing to foster an environment of collaboration, socialization, and community that recalls the Hall's character while upgrading existing, outdated furniture.


Honors Way Closure 11/22


Honors Way Closure 11/22On Wednesday, November 22, 2023, Honors Way will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for crane setup to load materials onto the rooftop of Strozier Library. The south entrance to Honors Way will remain open.


Bio Unit One and Student Union Honored at North Florida Excellence in Construction Awards


Bio Unit OneThe Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of North Florida Excellence in Construction Awards recognized two Florida State University projects at their awards ceremony on November 9, 2023. Bio Unit One (Childers Construction) received an Eagle Award in the Education: Postsecondary/Higher Education category for projects worth $10 - $25 million. The project transformed the 50-year-old laboratory building's third floor with ten new 660-square-foot state-of-the-art biomedical labs and complementary collaborative spaces, including core labs, support labs, offices, conference rooms, and communal areas.


Master Craftsman Studio Completes First Federally Approved Project


Master Craftsman Studio Completes First Federally Approved ProjectMaster Craftsman Studio, an auxiliary unit of Florida State University Facilities, is renowned for its unique art installations and fabrications on Florida State’s campus and public commissions throughout Tallahassee and beyond. The studio achieved a landmark in its 20+ year history, completing its first federally approved monument. The Department of Veterans Affairs was the governing body responsible for the approval. On November 2, the Air Force Association (AFA) Chapter 419 revealed the United States Air Force (USAF) Memorial at the Tallahassee National Cemetery at a ceremony with members of Chapter 419 and their families, representatives from the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, and various community members. The towering Memorial measures 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide, comprises four panels adorned with USAF insignia, and serves as a tribute to the remarkable service and sacrifice of USAF personnel.


Central Utilities Plant Firing Boilers On Fuel Oil (10/24 - 10/27)


FSU’s Central Utilities Plant (CUP), located at 990 Learning Way, will be firing the boilers at CUP on fuel oil starting on Tuesday, October 24, at 11 a.m. This routine process aims to ensure that the boilers are in good working condition in case the city enforces curtailments during winter. CUP will continue this process on Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27. During this time, black smoke may be visible for a few minutes.


EOAS Construction 10/23 - 10/30


EOAS Construction 10/23 - 10/30On Monday, 10/23, contractors will begin warranty work on the EOAS Building roof. A crane will be positioned in the loading dock area to lift exhaust fans from the roof to a staging area on grade. Academic way and proximate walkways will remain open but may experience short delays during brief material lifts. Flagmen will be positioned to assist with travel through the area; it is advised to avoid the area during peak travel times. Work is expected to last through Monday, 10/30.


Clery Act Drill at Health and Wellness


Multiple university and community partners collaborated to ensure the success of the Clery Act drillFacilities’ Environmental Health & Safety Department conducted a successful drill on Thursday, October 5, at the Health and Wellness Center. A joint exercise between Environmental Health & Safety, the Health and Wellness Center, FSU Emergency Management, FSU Police Department, Tallahassee Fire Department, and Assa-Abloy (door control contractor), the drill served as a test of the FSU Alert System, an evacuation and fire drill, as well as an inspection of all fire alarm system components.


Sadie Greiner Named Chief Construction Officer


Sadie GreinerSenior VP Kyle Clark announced the advancement of Sadie Greiner as Florida State University's first-ever Chief Construction Officer. Well-known as a proactive leader who guided us through multiple transitions, Sadie joined Facilities in 2021, serving as Chief of Staff and, most recently, Interim AVP. She excels at leveraging existing strengths, acquiring new talent, and identifying areas for improvement.