Michael Molina, AIA, NCARB, named SMU Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Management and Chief Architect

Michael Molina head shotMichael Molina, an architect and construction professional with more than 13 years of experience in university campus planning and design, has been named SMU’s Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Management and Chief Architect. He will begin his new duties on Monday, April 2, 2018.

“Michael received overwhelming positive feedback from all who met with him during his SMU visit. His approach to customer service and his transparent communication style will serve our campus well,” said Chris Casey Regis, SMU vice president for business and finance. “His technical knowledge and professional background were impressive and will allow the Facilities team to better serve the SMU community.”

“As a native of the Dallas area, I am excited to return to my roots and pursue this new adventure,” said Molina. “I am humbled and honored to be selected for this role and work alongside SMU’s progressive leadership team. I look forward to playing a part in the continuum of the campus’ aesthetically iconic Collegiate Georgian architectural heritage.”

As vice chancellor of facilities planning and construction in the Texas Tech University (TTU) System, Molina leads a 40-person multidisciplinary team and oversees an annual $385 million capital improvement portfolio that includes partnering, program development, design and construction.

During his tenure, he has established definitive guidelines for integrating Texas Tech University’s signature Spanish Renaissance architectural style into all new facility programming and planning. In addition, he administered to completion more than 70 projects at all four TTU System component universities for a total capital improvement portfolio exceeding $1.1 billion.

Molina initiated more connectivity between the TTU System and the local and national design and construction industry, which gave the system a broader pool of professional partners and a more competitive cost-avoidance strategy — resulting in more than $22 million in savings being returned to the TTU System’s component institutions: TTU, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. He also established industry feedback events with the national design and builders’ communities.

Previously, Molina served TTU and TTUHSC as an architect and project manager in their facilities planning and construction and project engineering offices. He managed Lubbock-based and statewide campus projects from design to completion and coordinated staff safety training as acting safety officer. He served on TTU’s Physical Plant Safety Committee and received the university’s Superior Achievement Award in 1996 and its Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in 1998.

“Michael Molina has served the Texas Tech University System with utmost professionalism for nearly eight years,” said TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan. “Michael’s leadership is transformative; he has moved us into a historic period of capital construction across our universities and instituted processes and plans that will ensure our long-term success. The more than 70 projects completed during his tenure are a testament to the impactful legacy he leaves behind. Michael will be missed greatly by all of us at the system, but I know he will continue to make us proud at SMU.”

From 1998 to 2009, Molina served as vice president, facilities design and development, with United Supermarkets, Ltd., in Lubbock. He managed a 25-person team as well as a statewide multi-brand facilities portfolio and a $17 million annual budget. He also coordinated a strategic, $750 million 10-year growth plan that included real estate acquisition, budget development, and project management from conceptual design through construction completion.

In addition, Molina has served as CEO/owner of JDMA Architects, Inc., and investor/partner in M3d Construct, LLC, both based in Lubbock and operating in multi-state regions. His responsibilities included cost modeling; fiscal strategy; design process and quality assurance development; client relations; and team leadership and training.

Molina earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in design and city planning from Texas Tech in 1991. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has served on the Lubbock Chapter Executive Board and as editor of the chapter’s newsletter. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Architects (TSA), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and Association of University Architects (AUA).

His community involvement includes service as a coach for Little League Baseball, Lubbock Youth Football and youth soccer. He has served as a member of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center of the Arts (LHUCA) Board, Covenant Medical Group Heart Health Board and the Lubbock Municipal Arts Committee, as well as Lubbock Habitat for Humanity. As a member of Lakeridge United Methodist Church, he served as a youth bible study leader and on the Building Committee, as well as Board of Trustees chair. He has also served as president of the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.


SMU to adopt new management plan for facilities services operations

SMU will roll out a new operational plan that will return campus facilities and groundskeeping services to the University’s Office of Facilities Planning and Management effective Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The move was announced to the campus community in an e-mail from Vice President for Business and Finance Chris Regis dated Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017:

We are pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2017, SMU will adopt a new facilities services operational plan that will return the management of campus facilities and grounds services to the Office of Facilities Planning and Management. The new plan will apply to all SMU campuses, including Plano and Taos.

The plan comes as part of a long-range strategy to enhance facilities services. It’s important to note that the savings realized through Operational Excellence will remain available for reallocation to SMU’s academic needs and that no additional cost will be added to the University budget to fund this transition.

Aramark, which has led the University’s facilities services operations since May 2011, will continue in its role until the end of fiscal year 2017. Moving forward, dining services will continue to be led by Aramark.

Over the next 90 days, SMU and Aramark will work closely and collaboratively to begin the transition process of services, staff and resources.

Our goal throughout the transition is to ensure services continue with limited interruptions. As always, those needing facilities services should continue to contact the Service Response Center (SRC) at 8-7000 or their District Lead.

For questions, please e-mail FacilitiesInfo@smu.edu.

> Visit the SMU Facilities homepage: smu.edu/facilities


University completes property swap with Chi Omega

SMU Chi Omega House at 3014 Daniel Avenue
The Chi Omega house at 3014 Daniel Avenue will become the property of SMU’s Division of Student Affairs in a swap for University property at 3034 Daniel. The sorority will build its new house at the northeast corner of Daniel and Durham Street. Photo from the SMU Chi Omega website.

SMU has made a property trade with one of its sorority chapters to take effect Monday, April 1, 2013. The Iota Alpha chapter of Chi Omega at SMU will build its new house at 3034 Daniel Avenue, while the current Chi Omega house at 3014 Daniel Avenue will become the property of the Division of Student Affairs.

Chi Omega will begin construction on a new house this year, and its membership wanted to locate the facility closer to the hub of SMU’s sorority activity. In 2012, sorority members began discussions about the exchange with SMU vice presidents Brad Cheves, Development and External Affairs; Chris Regis, Business and Finance, and Lori White, Student Affairs. Cheves helped negotiate the swap.

Later this spring, the sorority will begin abatement and demolition of the SMU Faculty Club building currently located at 3034 Daniel, on the northeast corner of Daniel Avenue and Durham Street. The new Chi Omega house is scheduled to open at its new address in Fall 2014.

The University plans to relocate the Faculty Club to a new visitors’ center, currently in the planning stages. Plans for the facility at 3014 Daniel will be announced at a later date.

The move may have a minimal short-term impact on Faculty Club events such as the Distinguished Luncheons, which are frequently held in larger venues due to high levels of interest. In addition, Faculty Club members will continue to gather in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room in RFoC @ Lee.

In recent years, the Faculty Club has provided office space for Alumni Relations and Engagement and the Faculty Senate. Both offices have moved to the University’s East Campus on North Central Expressway – Alumni Relations to the 6200 Building and the Faculty Senate to the 12th floor of Expressway Tower at 6116 North Central.

The month of March has been devoted to removing and storing all Faculty Club property from the 3034 Daniel house, as well as reusable fixtures ranging from faucets to door handles, says Alison Tweedy, senior director of campus services. “Facility Services will take out anything that can be reused or repurposed,” she says.

The SMU Faculty Club, which is open to both faculty and staff members, was founded in 1921 as a social club for male faculty members. A women’s club was founded in 1928, and the two merged in 1963. Both clubs held their meetings in Atkins Hall (now Clements Hall) until the male club moved to the second floor of McFarlin Auditorium in the 1940s.

As Faculty Senate president in 1972-73, Ruth P. Morgan, who would later become University provost, made it a priority to establish a new home for the Faculty Club. Provost H. Neil McFarland provided the property at 3034 Daniel Avenue, then a sorority house, in 1973. The club was officially chartered in that location on August 6, 1973.

ARAMARK to manage SMU facilities operations

Effective May 13, 2011, professional services provider ARAMARK will lead SMU’s Facilities Management and Sustainability operations.

Current FM&S employees are being offered the same or similar positions as part of the ARAMARK facilities services team. Each staff member’s salary and length of service at SMU will be transitioned to ARAMARK. There will be no salary decreases and no interruptions in pay or health benefits.

More information is included in the following statement released today:

Effective today, SMU has made a change in the leadership and management of the Facilities Management and Sustainability (FM&S) team. ARAMARK, a professional services provider well known to the SMU community and an industry leader, will now manage this component of the University’s operations.

Current FM&S employees are being offered the same or similar positions here on campus as part of the ARAMARK facilities services team. Each staff member’s salary and length of service at SMU will be transitioned to ARAMARK. There will be no salary decreases and no interruptions in pay or health benefits. ARAMARK will make every effort to provide employees with a benefits package that is comparable to the SMU plan.

This decision was based on three important considerations, as explained by SMU Vice President for Business and Finance Chris Casey:

Core competencies/organizational effectiveness – SMU’s core mission and competency is in the areas of teaching and research. Engaging with a respected professional service provider is a sensible solution that will allow the University to remain at the forefront of industry best practices and improve services to the campus. It also affords our FM&S employees with enhanced career and staff development opportunities.

Good stewardship – The SMU Board of Trustees has entrusted the administration of the University with the careful and responsible management of all funds, especially during challenging economic times. The University has been charged with managing budgets closely and initiating cost savings wherever possible while continuing to deliver first-rate service. The contract with ARAMARK is expected to result in significant savings to the University.

Proven track record – SMU has a long track record of engaging with professional service providers. Since 1995, the University has contracted with ARAMARK for Dining Services and more recently, for Custodial. During the past 25 years, SMU employees in the SMU Bookstore, Dining Services, Custodial Services, Copy Center and Parking Enforcement have made successful transitions to outside service providers.

Keith Gardner will serve as the Director of FM&S at SMU through ARAMARK. Keith has more than 30 years with ARAMARK in facilities management, most recently in health care. We welcome him to the SMU campus. Julie Wiksten will serve as the SMU contract administrator, just as she does for Dining Services, the Bookstore and other services. Those needing FM&S services should continue to access FM&S employees through their usual channels.

For more information or to ask questions, please e-mail auxiliaryservices@smu.edu.

Environmental management peer review begins June 7

ICUT review stock imageAdvisers from seven Texas universities will visit campus June 7-10, 2010, to conduct a confidential environmental management peer review.

SMU will be the fifth Texas institution to be audited as part of a program of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) and EPA Region 6. The peer audit team will address environmental compliance criteria issues, with HRP Associates supervising the audit process.

Team members will arrive from Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, St. Edward’s University, Southwestern Christian College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Temple College and Texas Lutheran University. Inspectors will wear identification badges to ensure campus security.

A majority of buildings located on campus will be audited, including but not limited to Dawson Service Center, Dedman Life Sciences Building, Embrey Engineering Building, Fondren Science Building, Heroy Hall, Junkins Engineering Building, the Material Accumulation Center (MAC) building and Owens Arts Center. Also included are the University’s on-campus food service areas, mechanical rooms and elevator spaces.

The process will assist SMU in identifying ways to improve environmental management on campus. The review will focus on areas that use and/or store chemicals, and/or create hazardous waste.

> Find more information and a detailed schedule at the Risk Management homepage

Postage increase takes effect May 12

Forever stampPut your budget on notice: The U.S. Postal Service will increase its first-class stamp price for letters weighing 1 ounce or less from 41 cents to 42 cents on May 12, 2008. A list of new prices:

  • First-class mail letter (1 oz.) – 42 cents
  • First-class mail letter (2 oz.) – 59 cents
  • Postcard – 27 cents
  • First-class mail large envelope (2 oz.) – $1
  • Certified mail – $2.70

Forever Stamps purchased at the 41-cent rate can be used with no additional postage even after the rate hike. For more information, visit SMU’s Postal Services website.

Earth Week 2008 continues with water-saving giveaway

SMU faculty, staff and students who live off campus can receive a permanent and practical souvenir of Earth Week 2008. Stop by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk 8:30 a.m.-8 pm. April 21-25 to pick up one free low-flow showerhead, while supplies last. Each showerhead can save more than 3,600 gallons of water per year.

Installation demonstrations will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, in the Hughes-Trigg Commons. The giveaway is sponsored by SMU Campus Planning and Plant Operations. For more information, contact Michael Paul, CPPO’s director of energy management and engineering, 8-2122.