Kansas State University


Division of Facilities News

Author: Lori Hayden


KUDOS!…to our very own ADDISON NIEHAUS (Student Worker, Central Mail) for her role in organizing the successful “No Drive Book Drive” event for Ogden Elementary School!

Addison Niehaus, a senior in Elementary Education, was event coordinator for the first-ever “No Drive Book Drive”. Addison and fellow members of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for Education Majors, hosted the fundraising event. Their goal was to provide each Ogden Elementary student with a book as well as donate several books to their school library.

Not only did they achieve their goal, they surpassed it by leaps and bounds! Enough donations were generated to provide each Ogden Elementary student with five books as well as donate more than $300 to their school library!



KUDOS!…to K-State Recycling for winning the 2018 Big 12 recycling competition in Recyclemania 2018!

Congratulations! K-State won the 2018 Big 12 recycling competition in Recyclemania 2018. During the eight weeks of the competition, K-Staters recycled 486,286 pounds of recyclable material! K-State has won this competition four of the last five years due to your commitment to making Kansas State University a greener place. The recyclable material includes paper, plastics, aluminum and tin cans, food compost, and cooking oil. Winning would not be possible without teamwork. So! A big “thank-you” to the students, faculty, and custodians who pick up the material in the buildings. A job greatly appreciated by all!

Bill Spiegel, Manager, Refuse & Recycling



KUDOS!…to those recognized at the 2018 USS Recognition Ceremony!



Matthew Smith, Electronic Technologist, Energy & Controls

Matt Smith is a dedicated employee who has a strong work ethic and passion for what he does. He was instrumental in the recently completed campus chilled water expansion project as well as the Seaton renovation and College of Business Building construction. He is goal-oriented, admired and respected by his peers for his leadership and his ability to assess and remedy complex problems and issues. His interpersonal abilities, experience, attention to detail and understanding of HVAC and control principles allows him to mentor and train team members on a broad array of topics.  (Submitted by Gary Weishaar, Energy Engineer)



Cynthia McNulty,  Human Capital Representative, A.S.C.






Deena Barger                         Marvin Heck                      Gerardo Negron

Thomas Bartlett                     Roy Joosten                      Darrell Nelson

Velder Booth                          Patrick Lancaster             Tammy Powers

Judy Fiegener                         Derek Macy                      Janet Weeks

Clinton Grubbs                       Evelyn Negron



Erik Bergstrom           Josh Ricker     

Susan Kent                 James Schooler



Roger Hageman



Galen Hageman

Hulan Jack III

Kirk Norris



Bernard Brehmer                     Linda Pfaff              Rene Smalldridge

Carol Wendland                       Ute Cruz                  Araminta Washington

John Hoffman                          Janice Rood            Jacqueline Toburen


KUDOS!…to our GROUNDS CREW for all the great work they did around the K-State Rec Center!

Grounds Crew,

Thanks for all your hard work around the K-State Rec Center. I really appreciate the effort. The area looks awesome!

-Clint Hafliger, Associate Director of K-State Recreational Services


KUDOS!…to Zone 3 Team members JEFF SIMMS (Zone 3 Electrician), JEREMY FILBY (Zone 3 MR Tech) for going the extra mile to help get K-State’s Dairy Plant back up and running!

“A few weeks ago, when our Dairy Plant lost a tower fan, I called in a work order to facilities. Within a few minutes, Jeff Simms  was at my office, ready to help. He quickly tracked down the problem, which required replacing the motor. A motor was ordered and scheduled to arrive at 11:30 am in the morning so I asked Jeff Simms and Jeremy Filby to start working on it as soon as they got back from lunch. I got the 120 lb. motor off the truck and, to my surprise; Jeff and Jeremy were there with the crane! They had skipped lunch to get me back on line. I cannot express how much that meant to my team and me. The dedication of your Zone 3 Building Maintenance Team is amazing. Please give them and their supervisor, Shelly Hauck, a “that-a-boy” from all of us here at the Dairy Plant. Thanks for all you do!”

Jared Parsons, KSU Dairy Plant Manager



What’s New?

…Division of Facility Employees, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!



…from the Office of the Vice President of Finance & Administration

Kansas State University is committed to providing a safe, respectful and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. When the Cats for Clean Air policy was implemented on June 1, K-State reinstated a policy that dates back to the university’s founding. When the Kansas State Agricultural College was established in 1863 the Kansas Board of Regents issued a directive that stated “No Smoking On Campus.” During World War I, a request was made by students in the Student Army Training Corps for a concession to the no smoking on campus rule. Both President Jardine, college president at the time, and Captain Sturges, the commander of the corps, relented. Corps members were initially allowed to smoke in the barracks and, over time smoking became accepted on campus. In past decades, the health-driven movement to restrict smoking in public became more prevalent. History repeats itself as K-State now joins the other public universities in the state with a no-smoking ban. Smoking is already prohibited in university buildings and university-owned vehicles. A variety of cessation resources are available to current tobacco users interested in quitting. Lafene Health Center offers free quit kits and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy. Please join the K-State family in creating a clean-air environment on our campus.

Happy Retirement!



Henry “Ed” Billings has worked for K-State a total of 23 years, 4 months, and 10 days! He has worked in Facilities Services as a Custodial Specialist. His last day of work was on April 1, 2018.


Cherry Rosenberry has been a K-State employee for more than 29 years! During that time, she has worked in Grounds & Landscaping, Custodial, and the Recycling Department. Her last day of work was on May 31, 2018.


Mike Stoddard has spent 19 years working at K-State and in Facilities Services. He began as a Custodial Specialist, and then was promoted to Custodial Supervisor, and finally, promoted to Custodial Manager. Mike’s last day of work was on June 1, 2018.



By Gary Weishaar, Energy Engineer – Energy & Controls

Building automation is the centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting, and other systems through a Building Management System or Building Automation System (BAS). A building controlled by a BAS is often referred to as an intelligent building, or a “smart building”.

While there are many vendors that provide Building Automation Systems, K-State uses Honeywell’s Enterprise Buildings Integrator, or EBI.  Honeywell Inc. has been a presence at KSU since the mid 1980’s and is now installed in virtually every building on our main campus. Because of the size and complexity of this modern system, K-State’s Division of Facilities has a team of full-time technicians that manage this system in addition to the support provided by Honeywell.


In The Beginning

In its infancy, control systems were operated by a compressed air system, commonly known as pneumatics.  While K-State still has several pneumatic applications on campus, technology has evolved over time into what is now known as Direct Digital Control, or DDC.  DDC utilizes microprocessors and software programs (instead of compressed air) with greater precision and accuracy. Controls can be added to almost any mechanical or electrical device for control, monitoring, or scheduling. After initial installation, Controls Technicians can make modifications to how a device operates on desktops, iPads, or even smartphones. This kind of access allows users to view data and/or make adjustments from anywhere in the world.


Applications for Today

One example of a “smart building” on our campus is the new College of Business building. A lighting system with motion sensors can detect when people use a space and then sends a signal to the HVAC system to engage and respond accordingly. This type of interaction between building systems is regular and recurring in over 65,000 points being monitored and controlled in K-State buildings.

In addition to providing comfort and life safety needs of building occupants, Building Automation Systems can also dramatically improve operational and energy efficiencies in a building.  All of our most recent new projects including Engineering Phase IV, College of Business, Seaton/Regnier Hall and the new Chiller Plant have new controls, “smart valves”, and programming to allow better control and improved optimization.  This has all played a major part in lowering the University’s electrical usage in the last five years over 15% even though we’ve added over 600,000 square feet of additional building space.


A Bright Future

With this much change over the last 30 years, what does the future of Building Automation look like? While nobody really knows, it is safe to say that there will be dramatic changes and improvements in how buildings are controlled.  It is not unreasonable to think that the end devices and field controllers will be smart enough to identify where they are and what system they should connect to.  They could be self-learning systems that can sense the health of an entire building and adjust settings based on millions of variables. The systems may also be more cloud-based.  This will allow us to analyze how buildings are operating with even more power and logic based on information accumulated from thousands of similar buildings.  This data collection will allow the BAS to learn algorithms and patterns from buildings that are deemed to be well-run, which will in turn allow the system to start distinguishing what is “normal” and what could be an abnormality.  This can help with preventative maintenance and other operational efficiencies.

Finally, we can expect to see an expansion of the “Internet of things” (IoT).  While this may sound like a foreign language now, it will soon be as commonplace as the terms, “internet” and “Wi-Fi”.  Simply put, IoT is the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch (i.e. cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of) to the Internet…and to each other.  The new rule for the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.”   For now the best thing that we can do is stay tuned, learn what we can, and acknowledge that ever-advancing technology like Building Automation Systems will continue to impact how we work and live.


Welcome to the Team


John Burnett was hired as a Landscape Tech II for Grounds & Landscaping.

He is working for Joe Myers.

Samuel Marsh was hired as a Maintenance & Repair Tech II for Zone 5.

He is working for Troy Bronaugh.

Sandra Emme was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Facilities Services.

She is working for Steve Greinke.

Byron Wilson was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Facilities Services.

He is working for Patrick Lancaster.

Bernita Rawlins was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Facilities Services.

She will be working for Beverly Price.

Silvia Cortez was hired as a Custodial Specialist for Facilities Services.

She will be working for Quentin Rawlins.


On the Move!



Congratulations to Patrick Standlee who was promoted to Landscape Tech II in Grounds & Landscaping! He is working for Joe Myers.









Congratulations to Charles Jackson who was hired as an Office Specialist II in Customer Service & Event Scheduling. He is working for Loleta Sump.




…to CHRIS SLATTERY, Custodial Specialist for receiving the “ABOVE & BEYOND” AWARD from The Career Center!

“I am inspired daily by the work that Chris does for our Berney Family Welcome Center facility. He works so incredibly hard. I’m sure it is not always fun or easy work but rather physical and detailed. I know that when we invite guests, our facility is always ready to greet whomever might come through the doors (and we have A LOT of guests). Chris not only keeps the public sides of our space looking great but also cleans the back of house very thoroughly as well. I have no idea how he does everything in a week, but I’m so glad he works here and takes his job very seriously. He is also very personable, greets everyone with a smile, and asks how we are doing. It could be challenging to navigate cleaning spaces while people are using them, but Chris does it with a smile. He also puts lots of smiles on our faces as he comes through. For these reasons and more, he is very deserving of the ABOVE & BEYOND Award! Thank you, Chris, for all you do!”

-Dana Nordyke, Sr. Assistant Director, K-State Career Center


…to CHEYANNE BRUNNER (daughter of Tim Brunner) for being selected as a finalist for K-State’s Presidential Scholarship as well as The Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship.


Cheyanne was one of twelve finalists for the Presidential Scholarship. (Cheyanne is in the back row, second from the right)





Cheyanne was one of five finalists selected for the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship. (Cheyanne is second from the right)



There were a total of 282 applicants for both scholarships.





What’s New?

Pump Alignment Training

Members of our Power Plant team received a two-day training in order to use a new alignment tool. Proper alignment improves reliability and longevity of machinery used in our Power Plant to keep campus buildings at correct temperatures.















IPad Training with Zones

Our building maintenance zones employees went through training with an Apple Inc. representative on Thursday, April 5th in order to begin using iPads in the field. Utilizing this technology will significantly improve our ability to process work orders with greater efficiency and precision.

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