The University of Iowa

Coronavirus

FM's COVID-19 Operational Response

Current Status of FM's COVID-19 Response

Information on for spring 2022 semester and the latest campus updates can be found here: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/spring-2022

Facilities Management responds to updated university guidelines and will reflect those changes here when/if they occur. For emergency service, 24/7, call 319-335-5071For all other requests, use the FM@YourService portal.

 To browse a number of Questions and Answers regarding FM and COVID-19 guidelines, visit the "Ask a COVID-19 Question" button at FM@YourService.

All building practices are subject to change in response to CDC and IDPH guidelines.

Facilities Management Spring 2022 Building Practices still in place:

  • FM building attendant program and health stations will remain in place through the spring 2022 semester. To provide students, faculty, and staff an additional mask option, KN95 masks have been added to the health stations at the entrances of all campus buildings.  These are in addition to the Level-1 medical-grade masks and hand sanitizer currently supplied at these health stations.
  • Custodial cleaning schedules and protocols will remain the same through the 2022 spring semester
  • Enhanced air filtration (MERV-13) will remain in place
  • Daily air purge by activating HVAC systems at least two hours prior to occupancy, where capable
  • Water usage will continue to be monitored and action taken as necessary to ensure appropriate water services are in place
  • Continued weekly monitoring of wastewater for all residence halls is in place
  • Ask a COVID-19 FM Operations question remains available through the FM@YourService portal

Information on the Spring 2022 semester can be found here: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/spring-2022.  This information is subject to change based on recommendations from CDC, IDPH, Executive Orders, or further direction from the Board of Regents.

FM Fall Practices Explained presentations and videos can be found in the archived section below.

 

FAQs

Are we able to hold in-person meetings in spaces without forced ventilation? 

Yes.


For the classes that have been relocated to prioritize in-person instruction for areas that have systems capable of the CDC recommendations, are we able to move back to the original location?

Yes.


Can we return to standard use of spaces without enhanced filtration? 

Yes.


What about aerosol-generating activities...can those return to pre-pandemic operations?

Yes.


Will classrooms return to pre-COVID occupancy?

Yes.​

March 2022 update: The university is removing current campus signage regarding face masks in most buildings. Masks remain welcome and the signage will return if transmission rates rise.

Note: UI Health Care has separate face covering guidelines due to patient care, see The Loop. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Research has posted guidance for the research enterprise on its website.

Signage may still exist in the following buildings as they may be impacted by the exception rules of the policy, related to health care, patient care, and research:

Carver College of Medicine 

Dental Science Building

State Hygienic Laboratory

MTF( part of UIHC)

Student Health Services (WL)

Bright Horizon Daycare Center (WL)

Hospital Call Center (UCC)

Thank you for your help and understanding as we navigate this transition together.  If you have any questions please use the COVID button on the FM@YourService portal.

The Building Attendant Program and health stations are planned to continue through the 2022 spring semester. The health stations will be stocked with Level-1 medical-grade masks and hand sanitizers, and KN95 masks are being added to health stations at the entrances of all campus buildings. These programs will be reevaluated as needed.

Facilities Management Custodial Services support more than 200 health stations, and 300 hand sanitizer stands in university classrooms and buildings across campus.

Custodial cleaning schedules and protocols will remain the same through the 2022 spring semester.  Routine office cleanings remain suspended, but all offices will be cleaned over winter break.  Routine office cleanings will be reevaluated for the fall 2022 semester.

Custodial Services is focusing on critical areas and frequently used pathways and touch points while maintaining regular cleaning schedules.

University Housing & Dining and UI Health Care have their own cleaning protocols and processes.

For any special cleaning services, please contact FM@YourService.

 

Spring 2022 operations in campus buildings will remain the same as fall 2021, without the need for reduced occupancies. 

Enhanced air filtration (MERV-13) remains in place.

Daily air purge by activating HVAC systems at least two hours prior to occupancy, where capable

Water usage will continue to be monitored and action taken as necessary to ensure appropriate water services are in place

For more information on campus buildings and building practices, go to: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/returning-campus/buildings 

 

Building Access resumed a normal schedule for the 2021 spring semester and onward.  

For more information on campus buildings and building practices, go to: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/returning-campus/buildings 

The Oakdale Maintenance and Landscape team continues to be staffed and responding to calls while keeping up with the regular maintenance and landscaping work schedules.

Landscape services will continue to function as usual: snow and ice removal, tree work, road and sidewalk maintenance, and winter projects will all be carried out normally.

Design & Construction continues to work in partnership with administration, customers, and vendors to advance capital projects by utilizing video conferencing and other technology as needed.

Bid openings are currently being held virtually and may be attended using the zoom app.  For more information visit https://buildui.facilities.uiowa.edu/buildui/bids

Contact FM@Your Service 24/7 for emergencies by calling 319-335-5071; for non-emergencies use the FM@YourService Portal; or email at facilities-wcc@uiowa.edu. If you have a facilities-specific COVID question, use the new Ask a COVID-19 question button on FM@YourService.

 

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