The University of Iowa

Coronavirus

FM's COVID-19 Operational Response

Current Status of FM's COVID-19 Response

Information on the fall 2021 semester can be found here: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/fall-2021

Official UI Coronavirus updates: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu

Facilities Management is responding to recently updated guidelines and will reflect those changes here as soon as possible. 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 fall 2021 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.

FM Fall Practices Explained, Building Coordinators Meeting, June 3, 2021 (Meeting video recoding)

FM Fall Practices Explained, Building Coordinators Meeting, June 3, 2021 (Powerpoint)

Facilities Management Fall 2021 Building Practices

  • FM building attendant program and health stations will remain in place through fall 2021 semester
  • Custodial cleaning schedules and protocols will remain the same through the 2021 fall semester
  • Enhanced air filtration (MERV-13) is already in place where possible through summer and fall
  • Drinking water monitoring is in place through summer and through the Future of Work pilots this fall, monitoring based on campus occupancy
  • Ask a COVID-19 FM Operations question remains available through the FM@YourService portal

Information on the fall 2021 semester can be found here: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/fall-2021


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.​

On May 19, FM teams worked to remove mask and social distancing signage, including the building traffic directional signage in common spaces throughout buildings. Seating signage was left for the moment. There may be some areas, especially those served by daytime custodial services, where this work will get wrapped up today.  Building Coordinators can proceed with removing signage related to masks and social distancing that they have placed in other areas of their buildings. Classroom COVID capacity size signage will be addressed at a later time.  

Please note that no signage changes were made in these areas, since 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 2021 fall semester. 

Custodial cleaning schedules and protocols will remain the same through the 2021 fall 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.

 

Fall 2021 operations in campus buildings will resume without the need of enhanced filtration or reduced occupancies. Enhanced air filtration (MERV-13) is already in place where possible through summer and fall.

Drinking water monitoring is in place through summer and through the Future of Work pilots this fall, monitoring based on campus occupancy.

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.  As of May 20, 2021, the UI revised its campus health guidelines to align with CDC recommendations. Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear face masks or physically distance in campus buildings and grounds. Facilities Management will remove signage related to mask wearing and distancing in common areas of GEF buildings. Any changes will follow the ADA and fire code requirements.

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 during the winter session and into the spring semester.

Design & Construction continues to work in partnership with administration, customers, and vendors to advance capital projects by making adjustments for COVID-19 safety measures and utilizing video conferencing and other technology.

Bid openings are also 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.

 

Ask a COVID-19 Question

 

 

 

 

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Our employees have been sending in photos weekly to demonstrate that they are doing their part to slow the spread and leading the campus by example.