The Method Behind the Moving Madness

You may feel that you lost more than a couple of months if you’re just returning to campus and can’t find the people you’re looking for. Over the summer our hard-working facilities staff moved more than 100 people–with about 15 moves still underway.  Although some of the moves may have appeared repetitive or redundant, there actually is a plan at work here.

It’s called the ten-year capital plan. I read it every two years as part of preparing the “sales pitch” to the legislature for our construction budget request. We have to place our requests–for Science II, for infrastructure, for everything–within the context of this long-range strategic plan. It’s strategic because it envisions a campus where buildings are grouped by function. Staff, faculty, and students work near people who are doing similar work in similar facilities. It’s faster and easier to get to class or to meetings. It’s easier to share lab and class space. You make better use of what you have.

If this scintillating reading has not spent time on your night stand then you will want to know that our ten-year plan is continuously revised and updated. It truly is a living document. In fact, I think we’re just beginning the next round of updates. (Check out Central Today  for more info on that.)

As it is today, the plan contemplates the creation of “neighborhoods” of buildings with like functions. The Science Neighborhood will be located on the southwest side of campus and include Dean, Science I and II, and a facility for the new department of Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences.

This summer we were working on “The Student Neighborhood.” It will be located in the southeast corner of campus and include health, advising and other student services. Moves this summer focused on Bouillon Hall. Buildings in this neighborhood eventually will include Lind and, of course, the Medical and Counseling Clinic. Meantime, this summer’s transitions included moving most of the people who report directly to the provost into Barge.

Here are the moves I’ve been able to collect:

Moving into Barge

  • Office of Undergraduate Studies moves to Barge 202
  • Continuing Education moves from Bouillon to Barge 204 and Barge 210

Moving into Bouillon

  • Academic Advising moves from Hertz ground floor to Bouillon 203
  • Career Services moves from Barge to the Bouillon 206 suite.
  • Department of Student Success moves to Bouillon 204
  • Veterans Life moves to the Bouillon 206 suite

Moving into Hertz

  • McNair Scholars moves to Hertz ground floor
  • STAR moves from Kamola to Hertz 101

While some work groups have had to pack up in order to move, others have had to pack up in order to contract. Both Information Technology and Human Resources staff compacted operations within existing space in Bouillon to make room for new tenants. The capital plan envisions a remodeled Samuelson Union Building as the new home for ITS, but not until state capital funding is available.

Undoubtedly I have overlooked someone among the 100-plus moves. I will update as I am corrected (thank you in advance for that assistance.)

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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