As a normal consequence of active academic and research programs, facility modifications
are often needed. Examples of such modifications include reconfiguring a space for
a new use, adding a new electrical outlet or ground, adding a process cooling water
circuit, adding a structural fabrication to support an apparatus, adding or removing
walls and doors, adding shelves, etc., etc., etc.
Facility modification work is significantly constrained by statutory and other rules
and regulations. Such constraints extend the time needed to complete such work far
beyond what most who are unfamiliar with the rules would expect. Therefore, it is
of critical importance that such needs (even in loose conceptual form) are identified
early and immediately communicated to the appropriate supporting groups.
Research groups considering a facility modification should treat such work as a project
and apply basic project management techniques to their efforts. To initiate a facility
modification project, groups should begin by reading the document below and by contacting
the facility engineering team. The document serves as a tool to aid and guide groups
in their planning. In addition to this planning tool, the facility engineering team
offers significant experience in all aspects of project management and facility modification
and is available for consultation as needed.