To: All Employees
From: Karen W. Jason, Vice President for Operations
Date: August 11, 2021
Re: Together Again: Keeping our Work Spaces Clean and Safe
Dear campus community,
As more and more of us return to campus, it is important that you check your work spaces and equipment for any issues, including computer and office equipment that may not be working properly or issues with your space, including any signs of leaks, evidence of pests or general matters of cleanliness.
The Capital Planning and Facilities Management departments have been working diligently on campus throughout the 17 months of the pandemic to clean, disinfect and renovate office spaces, classrooms, residence and dining halls, and will continue to perform maintenance on mechanical equipment to ensure our buildings meet the highest required safety standards. However, the reality is that when buildings and spaces remain unoccupied for long periods of time, sometimes issues like these can arise.
One issue that we want to draw your attention to is any signs of mold or mildew in your offices and buildings. As part of our commitment to protecting the health of our campus community during COVID-19, BSU has been flushing HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems more frequently to pump stale air out and bring fresh outside air into our buildings, as well as operating our systems longer to increase air flow.
With these efforts, as we pump cooler, air-conditioned air out and bring in warm, moist air from the outside, more relative humidity can enter buildings which can spur the development of mold or mildew and generate other comfort issues for staff. Protecting the campus from COVID-19 has been our highest priority but can sometimes lead to unintended consequences.
We have had a few instances of mildew and mold in certain buildings on campus. In all cases, the Facilities Management Department has worked to address the humidity issues by deploying industrial-sized dehumidifiers, undertaking additional cleaning and disinfecting to mitigate any mold, and conducting air-quality tests.
If you see evidence of mold or mildew, please contact Facilities Management – Customer Service at 508.531.1296.
Thank you for your assistance in helping us keep our buildings and work spaces clean and safe.
Karen W. Jason, G’04, G’10, G’15
Vice President for Operations