FAQ: Why do I sometimes see exterior lights on during the day?

In some instances, it is due to the Building Automation System work related to on-going Energy Projects and in other cases it may be a specific electrical issue.  Each case reported is investigated and resolved as quickly as possible as there are a number of reasons that could cause failure. The campus community is encouraged to report energy or water waste through submitting a service request at SMU Facilities or (214)768-7000.


SMU to Adopt New Management Plan for Facilities Services Operations

The below message is sent on behalf of Chris Regis, Vice President for Business and Finance. 

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Facilities Initiative

What is the goal of the Facilities Initiative’s inquiries on space utilization and energy consumption?

The goal is to create an accurate representation of spaces on campus, determine how they are being used, and consider if there are opportunities to relocate some functions to SMU’s main campus. These relocations could create rental revenues that would be reinvested back into the academic mission of the University.

What opportunities are being explored through this process?

Opportunities could be identified across a variety of different areas, such as making scheduling processes more efficient and making better use of current spaces, including the possible reconfiguration of existing spaces to improve overall efficiency, while also maximizing revenues for the University.

What is the process for arriving at recommendations?

Members from the Facilities Initiative will be collecting data from all critical stakeholders. This data will be analyzed and recommendations will be made to the Steering Committee; after they give approval, recommendations are sent to the Executive Committee, led by President Turner.

How can I provide input on this Initiative?

You are welcome to reach out to the group via the OE2C website online comment form to ask a specific question or provide any feedback or information you think would be beneficial to this process.