News and Announcements

July 14, 2014 - Cook Hall water pressure upgrade
On Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Cook Hall’s chilled water pressure control system will be upgraded. During this period, there could be pressure and flow fluctuations.
Those using this system are advised to monitor their equipment in case any alarms are triggered.
Chilled water for comfort cooling will not be involved.
For additional information, please contact James Hall at 847 491-3772.


July 10, 2014 - 2020 Ridge Fire Alarm Testing
On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, there will be testing of the fire alarm system at 2020 Ridge Ave. It will  begin at 5:00 a.m. until about 8:30 a.m. You do not need to evacuate the building.


June 5, 2014 - The Ryan Field east and west parking lots will be closed for repair on the following dates:
Saturday, June 7
Monday, June 9
Wednesday, June 11
Saturday, June 14
Vehicles remaining in the lots after closing are subject to ticketing/towing. The lots will re-open on June 15 (possibly earlier if weather conditions are favorable).
Ryan Field “D” permit holders may park in main campus commuter lots beginning Friday, June 6, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., through the duration of summer quarter.


June 5, 2014 - Landmark status for NU buildings
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks approved landmark status for three Gothic Revival buildings on Northwestern University's Chicago Campus. Read more...


June 1, 2014 - Kellogg construction closes bike paths
Construction on the new Kellogg School of Management buidling has caused the closing of some bike and pedestrian paths. Click here for detailed map.


May 29, 2014 - We have a winner!
Lucy Friedman is the winner of the FM newsletter 2014 Spring edition puzzle contest. To see the answer click here. Congrats Lucy!
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


May 22, 2014 - Cook Hall – Ventilation shutdown
From 12:00 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, through 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, there will be no outdoor air supply for laboratories including fume hoods. This is to allow for the refurbishing of exhaust fans. Fume hood sashes should be fully closed, with all containers inside covered, prior to the shutdown. Offices and hallways will have normal ventilation.
If you have questions please contact Paul Zint at (847) 491-5201 or Kit Ramos at (847) 467-1106.


May 14, 2014 -The wait is over!
The 2014 Spring edition of the FM newsletter is now available online. [Click here]
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent tofmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


May 13, 2014 -Tech Building Receives AIA Honors
The 2014 Design Award Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
announced additions to the Technological Institute at Northwestern University as one of
the Honor Award recipients in this year's Wisconsin Design Awards competition. Read more...


May 1, 2014 - Cook Hall – Ventilation shutdown
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, outdoor air supply will be reduced in Cook Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.to allow for the refurbishing of two fans. Temperature and humidity will remain at normal levels. Pressurization of laboratories with respect to hallways may be reduced lightly, but fume hoods should operate normally.
Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.


April 21, 2014 - North Campus garage open for business
Approximately 500 new inside parking spaces are now available inside the new structure, which is still under construction. Once completed, the North Campus Parking Garage will have approximately 1,152 parking spaces as well as office space. Read more...


April 21, 2014 - FMIT Help Desk
If your computer has "issues" and needs "help" give FMIT a call. One of our specially trainined "analysts" will be glad to assist. 
Call (847) 491-2744.
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April 21, 2014 -  Ryan Hall and Silverman West– Water shutdown
When: Saturday, April  26, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 
All city water-supported services at Ryan Hall and Silverman West will be shutdown to allow for the replacement of pumps.
Washrooms, drinking fountains, emergency showers, eyewash stations wil be not be operational.
A bottled water stand with 5 gallons will be provided on each floor of the two buildings.
Occupants are advised to use washroom facilities at the Catalysis Center and Silverman East.
For details please contact Phil Golz at 847 491-5201.


April 18, 2014 - Hogan Hall, First Floor – Ventilation shutdown
When: Tuesday, April  22, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 
Outdoor air supply and exhaust on the south half of Hogan’s first floor will be reduced approximately 50%. This is to allow for the replacement of an air supply fan motor. 
For details please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or Paul Zint at 847-491-5201.


April 14, 2014 - Pancoe South Wing – Ventilation shutdown
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 
Supply and exhaust air volume delivery, temperature, and relative humidity are anticipated to be at normal levels throughout this period. However, should you have any concerns or notice any peculiarities, please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.


April 11, 2014 - FMIT Help Desk
If your computer has "issues" and needs "help" give FMIT a call. One of our specially trainined "analysts" will be glad to assist. 
Call (847) 491-2744.
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April 8, 2014 - lynda.com comes to NU
lynda.com is an online library of current and engaging video tutorials/courses on software, design, and business skills. To learn more, we suggest that you watch the introductory movie about the service, and watch How to use lynda.com. To create a lynda.com profile and learn more about the service, go to www.northwestern.edu/lynda and enter your NetID and NetID password for access.


April 1, 2014 - 2020 Ridge overflow parking
In the event that parking spaces are unavailable in the parking lots designated for 2020 Ridge parking use, the next available large parking lot is Engelhart lot on the corner of Maple and Foster just a few blocks southeast of 2020 Ridge.


April 1, 2014 -Pancoe South Wing – Ventilation shutdown
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 
Supply and exhaust air volume delivery, temperature, and relative humidity are anticipated to be at normal levels throughout this period. However, should you have any concerns or notice any peculiarities, please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.


March 21, 2014 -Turn it off for Earth Hour 2014 on Saturday, March 29!
For one hour on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., individuals, businesses, landmarks, and organizations will voluntarily turn off their lights to reduce energy consumption. NU will join others across the world to conserve as much electricity as possible. Read more...
Watch the Earth Hour video.


March 18, 2014 - NU Shuttle service changes
Evanston Loop/Campus Loop: Will not be in service from March 22 through March 29. Service will resume on Sunday, March 30.
Shop-N-Ride: Will not operate on Sunday, March 23.
Chicago Express: Will not operate on Saturday, March 22 and Saturday, March 29.
Ryan Field/Intercampus: These shuttles will continue to operate as scheduled during spring break.

For affordable and convenient transportation to and from Midway and O’Hare, check out AirHop shuttle options at: www.nuairhop.com
For information on all of Northwestern’s shuttles, visit: shuttle.northwestern.edu.


March 17, 2014 - 1801 Maple – Ventilation shutdown
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, there will be a ventilation shutdown (outdoor air supply and fume hood exhaust) from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., all laboratories on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th floors.
Before leaving on Monday, March 24, 2014, fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances. For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106


March 7, 2014 - Outdoor air supply shutdown
In order to perform maintenance on ventilation systems (both outdoor air supply and fume hood exhaust) the following buildings will have air supply shutdown beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following morning on the dates stated.


Catalysis: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Silverman East: Wednesday March 19, 2014
Silverman West: Thursday, March 20, 2014,
Hogan Hall (northeast): Friday, March 21, 2014
Hogan Hall (southwest): Monday, March 24, 2014

For more information, please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.


Workforce development program launched
Facilities Management commits to having contractors and subcontractors hire qualified Evanston residents for projects. Read more...


February 28, 2014 - Cook Hall – Ventilation shutdown
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, there will be a ventilation shutdown (outdoor air supply and fume hood exhaust) from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. thoughout Cook Hall for equipment maintenance and modification.
Before leaving on Friday, March 7, 2014, fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances. For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.


February 24, 2014 - We have a winner!
Walter Stevenson III is the winner of the FM newsletter 2014 Winter edition puzzle contest. To see the answer click here. Congrats Walter!
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


February 18, 2014 - On February 21 and 24, 2014, W.B. Olson and Risk Management will be testing the fire alarm at 2020 Ridge Ave (all floors) from 5:00 a.m. to about 10:00a.m.
After about 8:00 a.m. the test will be limited to the 3rd floor.
There is no need to evacuate the building when the alarm sounds.


February 11, 2014 - It may be cold outside but this news is hot off the presses.
The 2014 winter edition of the FM newsletter is now available online. [Click here]
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


February 5, 2014 - Diagnostic ventilation shutdown at Cook Hall's east wing
On Thursday, February 6, 2014, from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. FM will shut down ventilation on all floors of Cook Hall’s east wing while diagnostic tests are conducted. Both outdoor air supply and fume hood exhaust will not be in service.


February 3, 2014 -Winter weather combined with multiple capital construction projects have reduced the number of available parking spaces on both campuses. Parking Services continues to work with FM to remove snow from staff/faculty lots, but faculty and staff are encouraged to use public transportation.
620 and 630 Lincoln Street, the Englehart lots and Ryan Field have free shuttle service to and from the Evanston campus. Chicago Campus faculty and staff are encouraged to use the inter-campus shuttle whenever possible.


January 31, 2014 - Ventilation shutdown at Silverman West
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. ventilation at Silverman West will not be available. Outdoor air supply, fume hood and general exhaust will be shut down to allow pneumatic controls to be installed as part of a renovation project.


January 13, 2014 - The Ryan Field west parking lot will be closed after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, to accommodate parking for NU’s home basketball game. All vehicles should vacate the parking lot by that time. The lot will re-open for “D” permit parking after the game.
Ryan Field permits may park in commuter (green) lots on the main campus on January 15, 2014, only.


January 7, 2014 - On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Northwestern University will be open. All classes will be held and all offices and University facilities will be open during normal business hours on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.


January 6, 2014 - On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Northwestern University will be closed because of severe weather. All classes will be canceled and libraries and offices will be closed on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. University Police, Facilities Management, residence hall dining staff and other essential personnel will report to work.
Supervisors will contact those staff members who are needed to work for emergency purposes.


January 6, 2014 - On Monday, January 6, 2014, Northwestern University will be closed because of severe weather. All classes will be canceled and libraries and offices will be closed on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. University Police, Facilities Management, residence hall dining staff and other essential personnel will report to work.
Supervisors will contact those staff members who are needed to work for emergency purposes.
A decision on the University's status for Tuesday, January 7, 2014, will be made on Monday.


December 20, 2013 - Karl Wolff to retire
On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Sargent Utility Tunnel was renamed The Karl Wolff Utility Tunnel in dedication of Wolff's over 40 years of service as Chief Engineer and Senior Project Manager. The tunnel, originally built in 1912 was completely restored this year, due in large part to the creative design input of Wolff. On January 6, 2014, Wolff will be retiring from Northwestern. Prior to that date he may be reached at 847-491-5352 or email: k-wolff@northwestern.edu.


December 5, 2013 - The west passenger elevator at 2020 Ridge Ave. will be out of service starting <strong">Wednesday, December 11, 2013,  through Friday, December 20, 2013, in order to perform scheduled maintenance. Please use the east passenger elevator near Ridge Ave. entrance instead.


December 12, 2013Campus Drive closure
From 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. December 16-18, 2013, Campus Drive by the new North Parking structure will be partially closed for construction. During the day the road will be open.
For details contact Robert Gross at 847-467-4263.


December 12, 2013Outdoor air supply shutdown
In order to perform scheduled maintenance, outdoor air supply, hood exhaust, or general exhaust will be shut down between 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m in the in the following buildings on the dates indicated.
Cook Hall: December 16-19, 2013
Pancoe: December 16-20, 2013         For details contact David McElroy at 847 491-5201.


December 10, 2013 - Starting December 1, 2013 — April 15, 2014, Facilities Management will be replacing steam piping under Sheridan Road. The project will involve setting a fence enclosure at the SW corner of West Fairchild to provide safe access to the steam underground piping system. The work will not involve traffic interruption to Sheridan Road. Sidewalks will remain open during construction. [Click here for details.]


December 10, 2013 - Nearly all FM staff were present for the December 10, 2013, All-hands meeting, where updates on campus construction, Strategic Planning, and FM participation in the United Way contributions were presented.


December 6, 2013 - Feinberg Research Center construction to begin
Northwestern has selected Chicago architecture firm Perkins+Will to design the University’s new biomedical research building on the site of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital. Read more...


December 1, 2013It's time for the FM Holiday Party!
All FM Staff are invited to Sargent Hall on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for our holiday celebration. See you there!


November 25, 2013 - Got office?
If you need to use office space on the Chicago Campus, there are three (3) availablle on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve these spaces, or to receive more information, contact Missy McMullen with the date & start/end time requested for the space. Within 24 hours (weekends & holidays will take a bit longer) you will have a confirmation of space booked, or if your request is declined due to unavailability.


November 21, 2013 - Cook Hall (East Wing) Exhaust Shutdown
On Friday, November 29, 2013, from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. fume hood and general exhaust in Cook Hall’s East wing laboratories, on all floors, will not be available. This is to allow for the removal of malfunctioning ventilation control devices. Please clear items off of the floor near walls to allow for ladder-use in the following areas:
First floor:
1106A/1102/1160 (one big lab) – east wall
1112 – west wall
Second floor:
2160 – east wall
2152 – west wall
For details please contact James McKinney at 847-467-4809.


November 21, 2013 - Outdoor air supply shutdown
In order to potential operational and energy efficiency improvements, outdoor air supply fans will be be shut down for 15 minute periods between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the following buildings on the dates stated.
For more information, please contact Jim McKinney at 847-467-4809 or Charles Slimp at 847-491-5201.
Silverman East and West: December 10, 11 and 12
Pancoe (excluding Vivarium): December 17, 18 and 19.


November 19, 2013 - Don’t forget to vote!
If you are one of the 350 university staff selected to participate in the Sightlines survey, now’s the time.
(Click here to see some of last year’s results.)
Should you encounter any difficulties with your survey, please contact Liz Schaps at 847-467-6914.


November 12, 2013 - Biomedical research building designs submitted
The new Feinberg School of Medicine Research Center will be located on the site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital. The teams competing are: (1) Perkins + Will, Chicago; (2) Goettsch Partners, Chicago, & Ballinger, Philadelphia; and (3) Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, Chicago, and Payette, Boston.
View and comment on submitted designs here.


November 1, 2013 -  Water shutdown in Ryan Hall and Silverman West
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. water service will not be available in Ryan Hall and Silverman West to allow for leak repairs.
For addtional information, please contact Phil Golz at 847 491-5201.


October 28, 2013 -  Water shutdown in Ryan Hall and Silverman West
On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. water service will not be available in Ryan Hall and Silverman West to allow for leak repairs.
For addtional information, please contact Phil Golz at 847 491-5201.


October 28, 2013 -  Outdoor air supply shutdown
In order to identify operational and energy inefficiencies, outdoor air supply fans will be be shut down for 15 minute periods between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the following buildings on the dates stated.
For more information, please contact Jim McKinney at 847-467-4809 or Charles Slimp at 847-491-5201.
Catalysis Center: October 29
Ford: October 30 and 31
Hogan (excluding EPS fan systems): November 5, 6 and 7
Silverman East and West: November 12 and 13
Ryan Hall: November 14
Pancoe (excluding Vivarium): November 19, 20 and 21


October 21, 2013 -  Construction work by Bobb
Starting Monday, October 21, 2013, there will be a new predestrian path in front of Bobb Resdidence Hall. This is to allow for the replacement of steam pipes. There will be no interruption of steam service. Work should be completed by November 1, 2013. For details contact Charles Davidson at 847-467-2633.


October 14, 2013 -  Demolition started on old Prentice tower
On Friday, October 11, 2013, demolition began on the old Prentice tower. Northwestern is on schedule to start construction in early 2015 of a $370 million biomedical research building to replace it. The new Feinberg School of Medicine Research Center will be located on the site of the former Women's Hospital.
Read more...


October 11, 2013 -  A Stroll through 1887 Evanston
Plasma screens along the walls in the corridor between Main and Deering Libraries, create a passageway back to an earlier time, thanks to modern technology. They offer digitized glimpses of 19th-century Evanston. Read more...


October 7, 2013 -  Just in time for Halloween
The dungeon of the Frances Searle Building holds an anechoic chamber, so quiet that people inside can hear their heartbeat. But rumor has it this room once held bloodier secrets. Read more..


September 20, 2013 -  Bike repair stations come to NU
The bike rack in front of Foster-Walker is home to Northwestern's first bike repair station. It includes assorted wrenches as well as a pressure gauge and pump. More repair stations will be rolled out across campus in the near future. Tentatively the next two are scheduled in the vicinity of Norris.


October 4, 2013 -  South Tech Drive closing
There will be no access to the Technological Institute from South Tech Drive on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During this time the Office of Research Safety (ORS) has scheduled onsite chemical testing/stabilizations in the area. For details contact Hemang Rana at 773-892-9616.


September 20, 2013 -  Steam shutdown Saturday at Cook Hall
Steam service will be shut down Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cook Hall to repair a leaky gasket in the building's main steam valve. There will be no hot water in washrooms and laboratories, and steam-supported equipment will not be operational. Cold water will be available in laboratories, washrooms, emergency eyewash, and shower stations.


September 17, 2013 -  Demolition work in Tech Wing J
Starting Tuesday, September 17, 2013 ther will be demolition work on the 4th floor monitor roof in Tech Wing J along the L/M main corridor. This will cause noise and vibration throughout the building, but will primarily affect rooms M388 to M396 and L310 to L315. The work will occur between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. through Saturday, September 21, 2013.


September 13, 2013 -  Steam shutdown tomorrow at Tech’s F, G, H, M wings and FG Infill
Steam service will be shut down Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Technological Institute’s F, G, H, M wings and the FG Infill to repair a steam leak. There will be no hot water in washrooms and laboratories, and steam-supported equipment will not be operational.


September 13, 2013 -  New office for University Police
The Evanston NU Police office has moved from 1819 Hinman Ave. to 1201 Davis St., effective Sept. 11, 2013. All telephone numbers for contacting the University Police remain the same. An official opening of the new UP office will be held this fall, with tours available for Northwestern and Evanston community members.


September 13, 2013 -  Norris makeover has "wow" factor
Even Nina Garcia couldn't find a bad thing to say about Norris' new stairway. It's vibrant and cheerful without being overbearing. The photos and drawings done in the Northwestern purple are tasteful and fun. The flatscreen montior has been added to provide practical information about what's going on around campus. Great job!


September 12, 2013 -  Shaping up
The new Music Building is starting to take shape, adding some excitement to the southeastern edge of campus. If you have a chance during your lunch break, why not walk by and take a look. (Or take a quick peek here.)


September 5, 2013 -  North Campus Pedestrian Path Relocation
Through October 30, 2013, construction work will be done on the North Campus Utility Replacement Project. Read more...


August 26, 2013 -  CUP shutdown Labor Day Weekend
The Central Utility Plant (CUP) of the Facilities Management Department on the Evanston Campus will be shut down to perform routine annual maintenance from Friday, August 30, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. until Monday September 2, 2013, at 10:00 p.m. Read more...


August 26, 2013 -  Smart Ideas Incentive Check
On August 19, 2013, ComEd Account Manager Andy Toy, presented Gary Wojtowicz, FMO Director of Operations, with a check for $196,500 for chiller retrofit work done at the Tarry and Ward Buildings on Northewstern's Chicago Campus. You can click here to read more about the ComEd Smart Ideas program.
Congrats to Gary and his team!


August 26, 2013 -  August 2013 FM Newsletter Contest winner announced
The 2013 Summer edition of the FM newsletter is available online along with the puzzle solution and our contest winner. [Click here] Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


August 12, 2013 -  Shaping up
The new Music Building is starting to take shape, adding some excitement to the southeastern edge of campus. If you have a chance during your lunch break, why not walk by and take a look. (Or take a quick peek here.)


August 8, 2013 -  Hot off the presses!
The 2013 Summer edition of the FM newsletter is now available online. [Click here] Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


August 6, 2013 -  On Thursday, August 8, 2013, starting from 6:00 a.m. a large portion of the parking lot located behind 2020 Ridge Ave. will be partitioned or barricaded to allow for the rewiring and repositioning of the generator. Specifically, the space between Loading Docks 3 and 9 will be inaccessible. The project will conclude Monday, August 26, 2013.


August 1, 2013 -  Effective Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the Cognos report folder will be reorganized to ease navigation. This affects only forms accessible to FM internal staff. Prior to the date, staff will receive an email with a detailed explanation of the changes. FMIT staff will also be visiting FMO and FMDC staff meetings and will be available afterwards, as always, for support.


July 31, 2013 -  Evanston campus power outage
Electric power went out at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, on the north part of the Evanston campus. Ryan Field and several other bulidings were without electricity until 11:55 a.m., when ComEd restored power. FM is resetting building equipment and fire alarm systems. ComEd reported that the power outage was caused by an off-campus problem with their system


July 25, 2013 - Peanut Row demolition
Demolition of several buildings on the 500 block of Lincoln Street is taking place this week. The complex of houses on the northernmost stretch of campus has been collectively known as Peanut Row. Some have been vacant only since last year others as long as five. Read more...


July 23, 2013 - Tech Institute – Ventilation shutdown
When: July 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30, 2013, from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. outdoor air supply to Tech’s E, N, and K wings will be shut off to allow for the cleaning of air ducts. Please cover containers of fume-generating substances and fully lower hood sashes before leaving on July 24, 2013. For details contact David McElroy at 847-491-5201.


July 11, 2013 - FM Project Manager Rob Wikstrom will be accepting an award from The Evanston Preservation Commission for the rennovation of 629 Colfax Street and 630 Dartmouth Place. He will be presented with the award on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Congrats to Rob and his team!


July 2, 2013 - NU selects architects for design competition 
The new Feinberg School of Medicine Research Center will be located on the site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital. The teams competing are: (1) Perkins + Will, Chicago; (2) Goettsch Partners, Chicago, & Ballinger, Philadelphia; and (3) Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, Chicago, and Payette, Boston.
Read more...


July 3, 2013 - Norris gets summer facelift
Although the academic year has ended, changes and improvements continue this summer at Norris University Center. Read more...


June 21, 2013 -1801 Maple – Ventilation shutdown
When: From Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013.
This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Please cover containers of fume-generating substances and fully lower hood sashes before leaving on July 10, 2013.
For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or David McElroy at 847-491-5201.


June 21, 2013 - Cresap Labs – Ventilation shutdown
When: On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Please cover containers of fume-generating substances and fully lower hood sashes before leaving on July 9, 2013.
For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or David McElroy at 847-491-5201.


June 21, 2013 - Cook Hall – Ventilation shutdown
When: From Wed., July 10, 2013, 11:00 p.m. until 700 a.m. Thu., July 11, 2013.
This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in cleanroom areas. Please cover containers of fume-generating substances and fully lower hood sashes before leaving on July 9, 2013.
For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or David McElroy at 847-491-5201.


June 21, 2013 -Pancoe North and South Wings – Ventilation shutdown
When: From Tue., July 9, 2013, 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Wed., July 10, 2013.
This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in CCM areas. Please cover containers of fume-generating substances and fully lower hood sashes before leaving on July 8, 2013.
For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or David McElroy at 847-491-5201.


June 21, 2013 - Silverman East and West Wings – Ventilation shutdown
When: From Thursday, July 4, 2013, 11:00 p.m. until 700 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013.
This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Please cover containers of fume-generating substances and fully lower hood sashes before leaving on July 3, 2013.
For details contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or David McElroy at 847-491-5201.


June 21, 2013 -Technological Institute-Mandatory Electrical Shutdown
When: Monday, June 24, 2013 from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Prior to work beginning the emergency generator will be started. There will be a 15 second outage on transfer. ComEd will be making repairs underground. Once completed, power will be switched back.
For details please call Scott Hayworth or Jeff Elbe at 847-491-5201.

June 19, 2013 -Supply ventilation will be shut down in the Technological Institute from Wednesday July 3, 2013, at 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013, to allow for preventative maintenance. A and B wings will be affected. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances prior to leaving the building on July 3, 2013.
For details contact Joseph Terket at 847-491-4112.


June 19, 2013 - On Thursday, June 20, 2013, the outdoor air ventilation heating control system will be shut down from 10:00p.m. through Friday, June 21, 2013 at 6:00 a.m in the Technological Institute to allow for emergency maintenance.
For details contact David McElroy at 847-491-4112.


June 19, 2013 - On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, ventilation temperature control will be shut down from 11:00p.m. until 7:00 a.m. July 3, 2013, at the Technological Institute to allow for preventative maintenance. Areas affected will be E, N, K, L, G and D wings. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances prior to leaving the building on July 2, 2013. For details contact Daniel Joseph Terket at 847-491-4112.


June 10, 2013 - Technological Institute ventilation shutdown
On Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, 2013, there will be a ventilation shutdown from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to allow for preventative maintenance. Before leaving on Wednesday, June 12, fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances. For details contact Dave McElroy at 847-467-2487 or Daniel Joseph Terket at 847-491-4112.


June 13, 2013 - On Saturday, June 15, 2013, outdoor air supply will be reduced from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Catalysis Center to allow for the installation of an emergency generator for the Tech J-Infill project. Fume hood alarms may sound. Before leaving on Friday, June 14, fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances. For details contact Jeff McLennand of Pepper Construction at (815) 378-2860.


June 14, 2013 - On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, outdoor air supply and heating will be turned off from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. at the Catalysis Center to allow for the installation of an emergency generator for the Tech J-Infill project. For details contact Rich Behnke of Maron Electric at (847) 542-0386, or Jeff McLennand of Pepper Construction at (815) 378-2860.


May 31, 2013 - Foliage Foils Electricity
Electric power on the Evanston campus was interrupted momentarily at 12:00 noon and 1:15 pm today, Friday, May 31, 2013. Some of Evanston's beautiful trees and foliage interfered with ComEd's overhead power lines off-campus.


May 29, 2013 - Starting Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The southern most door entry at the Main West Entrance of Technological Institute will be closed for repairs. If you have any question please contact Facilities Management at (847) 491-5201.


May 28, 2013 - Mid-day Power Fluctuations
Between noon and 1:15 p.m. today Northwestern experienced power "bumps" across the Evanston campus -- depressions, sags and swells in the voltage and power provided by ComEd. ComEd's switching equipment detected a problem with one power feeder line and automatically transferred the load to alternate high-voltage feeders.


May 22, 2013 - Catalysis Center Exhaust Shutdown
From 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, until 6:00 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, all outdoor air supply, as well as fume hood and general exhaust for the Catalysis Center will be completely shut off for maintenance. Fume hood users are asked to close sashes and cover fume-generating substances before leaving on Wednesday. For more information, contact Ed Cuny at 847-851-4657 or Dave McElroy at 847-467-2487.


May 17, 2013 - Patten Parking Lot
Starting on Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the Patten Parking Lot will be closed for construction.
Read more..


May 17, 2013 - North Campus Pedestrian Path Relocation
From April 25—September 15, 2013, construction work will be done on the North Campus Utility Replacement Project.
Read more...


May 7, 2013- Electricity will be shut down at the Technological Institute in F wing, F/G Infill and F/G 4th floor overbuild on Saturday, March 18, 2013 from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. in order to repair grounding issues. The only area not affect is F328. This shutdown will affect lighting, ventilation and lab power. For additonal information, please contact Scott Hayworth at 847-491-3344 or Jeff Elbe at 847-491-5201.


May 6, 2013 - Extra! Extra!
The 2013 May edition of the FM newsletter is now available online. [Click here]
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


May 3, 2013 - May is Building Safety Month
Founded by the International Code Council (ICC), Building Safety Month (BSM) is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May. President Barack Obama has now signed a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month in the U.s. Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety. Read more...


May 6, 2013 - The exhaust system at the Technological Institute in F Wing will be shut down for maintenance each day starting Friday, May 10, 2013 through May, 12, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the follwing morning. This may result in some areas having elevated positive pressure. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances prior to leaving the building on May 10. Fume hood alarms may sound during this period, but may be silenced.
For more information, contact Ed Cuny at 847-851-4657 or Dave McElroy at 847-467-2487.


May 6, 2013 - All steam-supported services in Ryan (Nanofab) Hall and Silverman West Wing will be turned off on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 4:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Affected services include: Lab and room ventilation trim temperature, hot water from faucets in labs and washroom, autoclaves and glass washers in Silverman B0705, Processes requiring steam in Silverman 1710, Jewett and Shea labs. For more information, please contact me at Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106, or Jim Murphy at 847-491-5201.


April 30, 2013 - The ventilation system at the Technological Institute in E, N, and K wings will be under inspection starting Monday, May 6, 2013 through May, 10, 2013. Each dayfrom 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the follwing morning, indoor conditions will be slightly warmer and more humid than usual. Some areas may have an elevated negative pressure. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances prior to leaving the building each day during this inspection period. For more information, contact Jim Murphy at 847-491-5201 or Dave McElroy at 847-467-2487.


April 23, 2013 - On Monday, April 29, 2013, construction will begin on the Technological Institute J-Wing Infill. A fence will be installed which will curtail all public access between H Wing and K wing on South Tech Drive until the completion of the project in early of 2015. Additionally, all truck access to the Tech loading dock will need to enter from Sheridan road down South Tech Drive and exit back to Sheridan road. There will be no truck access to the loading dock from North Tech Drive. [Click here for map.]


April 23, 2013 - The U.S. Bank branch office in Norris University Center will be relocating to the ground level of Norris. The existing branch location will close on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. The new location will open on Monday, April 29 at 8:30 am. There will be a grand re-opening celebration on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Cake, refreshments, giveaways and prizes will be available. For more information on U.S. Bank services click here.


April 17, 2013 - Facilities Management is working under emergency conditions today because of water problems caused by the heavy rainfall. We are receiving many service requests and are coordinating our efforts with University Police. We appreciate your patience as we work to handle everyone’s needs as quickly as possible.


April 16, 2013 - In order that piping can be installed under Campus Drive at the north end of the SPAC construction site (just south of the reservoir parking lot), traffic will be reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2013. This will remain in place possibly until the end of the week, depending on weather.


April 16, 2013 - From 10:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, until 6:00 a.m. the following morning, hot water throughout Pancoe, including CCM areas, will be out of service to allow for the completion of repairs. For questions or more information, please contact David McElroy or James Murphy at 847-491-5201.


April 15, 2013 -In order to service ventilation equipment throughout both wings of Pancoe,starting 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, until 7:00 a.m. April 24, all outdoor air supply, as well as fume hood and ceiling exhaust will be reduced. Please cover containers and fully lower hood sashes prior to this time.
For details, contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or Jim Murphy at 847-491-5201.


April 2, 2013 -On Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., fire alarm horns and strobes at Pancoe (both wings), excluding CCM areas, will be activated.
This is to allow for post-repair and upgrade testing.


March 28, 2013 -From 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, until 7:00 a.m. the following morning, outdoor air supply at Hogan Hall will not be available in rooms 100, 170, 160, 150; all CCM animal areas on the first floor; EPS rooms 1-100, 1-106, 3-100, 3-102, 3-104, 3-106, 3-108, 3-153, 3-155, 3-163-162, and 3-170; suites on all floors. This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. For more details, contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or Jim Murphy at 847-491-5201.


March 28, 2013 -From 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, until 7 a.m. the following morning, in Cook Hall, outdoor air supply, as well as fume hood and general exhaust throughout the buidling, will be at 50%, with the exception of Cleanroom EF-1 and EF-2 and Cleanroom scrubber exhaust systems. This is to allow for servicing of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. For more information, contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or Jim Murphy at 847-491-5201.


March 27, 2013 -On Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, the annual grass burning at the lagoon (behind Norris) took place. The burn is an important maintenance procedure for the health of native plants and is conducted by professional firefighters. Click here to view photos.


March 22, 2013 -Turn it off for Earth Hour 2013 on Saturday! For one hour on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., individuals, businesses, landmarks and organizations will voluntarily turn off their lights to reduce energy consumption. NU will join others across the region to conserve as much electricity as possible. Read more...
Watch the Earth Hour video


March 15, 2013 -On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, and Thursday, March 28, 2013, both from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Pancoe’s south wing ventilation and exhaust for fume hoods, will again be reduced 50%-75% to continue equipment upgrade performance monitoring.  
Occupants are advised to cover fume-generating materials and to fully close sashes when leaving the building on March 26 (Tuesday). Fume hood alarms may be ignored. 
For more information, please contact Jim McKinney at 847 491-5201.


March 6, 2013 -On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., outdoor air supply and exhaust to the Technological Institute's F wing and FG Infill will be reduced 50% to 75% to allow for modifications on the fan systems. 
Fume hood users are advised to cover containers of fume-generating materials, and to fully close sashes the night before.
For more information, please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.


March 4, 2013 -Lights out!
South Evanston Campus lost ComEd power at 2:12 a.m. including the Central Utility Plant (CUP), located at 2025 N Campus Drive, and 2020 Ridge Ave.  Power to 2020 Ridge Ave was restored at 3:10 a.m., CUP at 3:20 a.m., and the balance of the south campus at 3:50 a.m.  


March 4, 2013 -From 6:00 p.m. March 15, 2013, until 2 a.m. the following morning, outdoor air supply at Hogan Hall will be reduced approximately 50% in rooms 110, 120, 130, 140, suites 1-110, 1-110A, 1-110B, 1-117A, and CCM offices on the first floor, in order to adjust adjust airflow control devises. Some EPS rooms will also be affected: 3-140, 3-142, 3-145, 3-149, and 3-150.
For more details, contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106 or Jim Murphy at 847-491-5201.

February 25, 2013 -On March 11 (Monday) and 12 (Tuesday), 2013, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days, outdoor air supply ventilation as well as exhaust for fume hoods at Pancoe’s south wing, will be reduced to 50% - 75% of normal to allow for equipment upgrades.
Fume hood alarms may be ignored. Occupants are advised to cover containers of fume-generating materials and to fully close sashes prior to March 11, 2013. For questions or more information, please contact Jim McKinney at 847 491-5201


February 22, 2013 -On the following dates and periods, the corresponding areas in Ryan Hall will have ventilation reduced 50% to 75%to allow for equipment maintenance:

Feb. 27, 2013 (Wed.) 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Throughout the building.
Feb. 28, 2013 (Thu.) 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – In the East half of the building, exhaust through fume hoods and ceiling diffusers will be reduced.  Fume hoods alarms can be ignored.  Users are asked to lower sashes fully before leaving on Feb. 27, 2013 (Wed.) and cover containers of fume-generating materials.
Mar. 2, 2013 (Sat.) 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – On the West half of the building, exhaust through fume hoods and ceiling diffusers will be reduced.  Fume hoods alarms can be ignored.  Users are asked to lower sashes fully before leaving on Mar. 1, 2013 (Fri.) and cover containers of fume-generating materials.
For more information contact Jim McKinney at 847 491-5201.


February 21, 2013 -On Friday, March 1, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the cold water system in Cook Hall’s 3rd floor west wing, will be shut down to allow for the replacement of a leaky valve.
This affects all cold water faucets in laboratories and fume hoods.
Process chilled water system, used for equipment cooling, cold and hot water systems for washrooms, drinking fountains, eyewashes, and emergency showers will not be affected.  For more information, please contact Kit Ramos T: 847-467 1106


February 21, 2013 - In order for FMO to perfrom preventative maintenance, Technological Institute H & M wings will be shutdown Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 6:00am until 2:30pm
Fume hood users are asked to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances before leaving work on Friday, March 1, 2013.   
For more information please contact Notali Notali T: 847-491-7467 or Rolf Ziemann T: 847-467-5620.


February 18, 2013 - There is a new section in the FAMIS self-service under "Request Services – Chicago" and "Request Services – Evanston": Lab equipment repair. This was added in response to customer requests for an easy way to request FM repairs to autoclaves, eyewashes, fume hoods, etc. [NetID required for access.]


February 15, 2013 - Preservation groups move for voluntary lawsuit dismissal
Two preservationist groups, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks Illinois, have voluntarily dropped a lawsuit against the City of Chicago challenging Prentice’s repeated denial of landmark status. Read more... 


February 14, 2013 - See before you buy
For your convenience, FMO has created a visual catalog of all the Evanston spaces available for lectures/meetings. This allows users to take a look at spaces prior to making room reservations. We think this is not only convenient but also...classy.
Click here to view Classroom Catalog.


February 12, 2013 - Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
The latest issue of the FM newsletter is now available.
[Click here for puzzle answer.]
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to fmnewsletter@northwestern.edu.


February 6, 2013 - FAMIS will be down for maintenance, Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 4:20 p.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. 
Once FAMIS re-starts the format of the on-demand version of the FAMIS work order ticket will be changed to match the format of automatically-printed work orders.    
Note that the on-demand tickets will have the word “Reprint” beside the title, to distinguish them from the automatically-printed work orders.


February 4, 2013 - School of Music receives $6M gift
The Robert W. Galvin Foundation has made a $6 million contribution to Northwestern University towards the Bienen School of Music, currently under construction. The gift is in honor of Mary B. Galvin, who received an undergraduate degree from Northwestern in 1945 and has been an active supporter of the arts in Chicago and around the world for decades. Read more...


February 1, 2013 - On-line course for FAMIS self-service
This on-line course is useful for new FM employees or FM customers new to self-service. You can get to this material by clicking here then selcting the Facilities tab for the on-line course. A Net-id is required for access
Questions? Contact Project Cafe E: projectcafe@northwestern.edu T: 847-467-1560


January 31, 2013 - Parking lot closes on February 7
The parking lot west of the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/Norris Aquatics Center will be closed starting February 7, 2013, when construction of a new multi-use facility on that site gets underway. See the full announcement and a parking map 


January 31, 2013 - The Frostbite Express Shuttle and Frostbite Sheridan Shuttle will be in service from 7:15 am through 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 31. The Frostbite Express Shuttle runs on the Evanston Loop Shuttle route, while the Frostbite Sheridan Shuttle runs on the Campus Loop route. The schedule has changed since last week, so please check the revised schedule.


January 25, 2013 - Construction begins on Norris stairwell
Construction on the stairwell leading to the ground floor of Norris University Center began Wednesday. Previously home to dozens of advertisements and fliers, the stairwell will soon feature pictures of Northwestern students and...Read more...


January 22, 2013 - The Frostbite Express Shuttle and Frostbite Sheridan Shuttle will be in service from 7:30 am through 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 22.The Frostbite Express Shuttle runs on the Evanston Loop Shuttle route, while the Frostbite Sheridan Shuttle runs on the Campus Loop route. 

Click here to view Frostbite Shuttles schedule information.


January 16, 2013 - Welcome to Frontera Fresco!
Chicago celebri-chef Rick Bayless visits Northwestern University to celebrate the grand opening of his restaurant Frontera Fresco at the university's Norris Center. Bayless encouraged student involvement with the opening. Two seniors painted the glyph decorations in the back hallway of Frontera Fresco. Read more...


January 16, 2013 - Home improvements
With student residences closed for Winter Break, FM used the vacant buildings as an opportunity to upgrade some key issues in University housing. Read more...


January 15, 2013 - To allow for maintenance, there will be intermittent 15-to-20 minute outdoor air supply interruptions, at Hogan Hall, in all areas, on all floors (except CCM) on these days:
Tue., January 29, 2013 from 7 p.m. to Wed., January 30, 2013  7 a.m.
Wed., January 30, 2013 from 7 p.m. to Thu., January 31, 2013  7 a.m. 
 Thu., January 31, 2013 from 7 p.m. to Fri., February 1, 2013  7 a.m. 
For more information: Jim Murphy at 847-491-4112 or David McElroy at 847-467-2487.


January 15, 2013 - The Catalysis Center will have no outdoor air supply and exhaust system from Monday, February 4, 2013, from 11 p.m. to Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7 a.m. to allow for repair and maintenance. Before leaving Monday, fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances.For more information, please call Jim Murphy at 847-491-4112 or David McElroy at 847-467-2487.


January 14, 2013 - Norris Ice Rink is now open
After yet another unseasonably warm Autumn, the Norris rink is finally ready. The rink is open not only open to NU staff and students, but also to the general public. There is no charge to use the rink if you have your own skates.Visit the Norris Outdoors website for opening hours and skate rental fees. 


January 14, 2013 - Building plans to be posed this week
Representatives from Northwestern will be presenting their plans for construction on North Campus to the Evanston Preservation Commission on Thursday night as part of the process to obtain a permit to begin construction. Read more...


January 7, 2013 - $55 million raised for new athletic complex
Northwestern is already more than a quarter of the way to its $220 million fundraising goal for a new lakeside athletic complex on North Campus. Read more... 


December 21, 2012 - NUIT will be doing maintenance in the  data center this Saturday, December 22, 2012, from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. There may be interruption of service in NUPortal, NUFinancials, Cognos, FAMIS, or in any of our FM servers that reside in the data center. Questions or concerns? Please call FMIT at 847-491-2744. 


December 21, 2012 - Maintenance alert!
FASIS Self Service will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance between the hours of  8:00AM and 5:00PM on Thursday, December 27, 2012.


December 19, 2012 - Humidification of the outdoor air supply to the northeast HVAC zone of Hogan will be turned off immediately, and will be restored after business hours on Friday, December 21. The northeast HVAC zone of Hogan consists of all 110, 120, 130, and 140 suites from the 2nd to the 5th floors. 
For more information please contact Kit Ramos T: 847-467-1106


December 12, 2012 - The Main Library building will be closed Dec.26 - 28, for maintenance. Deering Library and Seeley G. Mudd Library will be open from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm on these days. Materials from the collections housed in Main Library can be requested online or in person. The Main Library will also be closed for the University holidays December 22 - 25, and December 29 - January 1. Please note that study carrels will not be accessible December 22 - January 1. The library will resume regular hours on January 2, 2013.


December 11, 2012 - New and improved!
In order to better service your needs, changes have been made to the FAMIS self-service system. Read more...


December 4, 2012 - NU advances energy storage technologies  
 Northwestern, along with other members of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), has been awarded $120 million. The JCESR, modeled after the Manhattan Project, aims to develop and commercialize energy storage methods in, for example, electric and hybrid cars. Read more... 


November 30, 2012 - Technological Institute emergency ventilation shutdown
On Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. there will be a ventilation shutdown at Technogical Institute. The equipment that will be compromised is supply ventilation for E, N, and K wings. Indoor conditions will be slightly cooler and more humid than usual. Before leaving Tech on Friday, November 30th, fume hood users should close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances. If you have any questions please contact James Murphy at 847-491-4112.


November 28, 2012 - New Evanston high-rise creates conflict
Back in October, Developer Bob King revived plans for two high-rise buildings on Emerson Street. But on Monday, November 26th, opponents of the towers failed to slow review of the project. Read more... 


November 27, 2012 - A look back
Northwestern University in Chicago...A graphic presentation of how Northwestern's Chicago Campus shaped the city's landscape and skyline. Photos from the 1920s through 2012 depict the physical development of NU and the Second City. Click here to see the presentation.


November 26, 2012 - NU-Q 
Northwestern brings all the history and distinction of the Evanston-based university to Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It offers students the opportunity to study media and earn a bachelor of science degree in journalism or communication.  Read more...


November 20, 2012 - “Pardon Our Dust” 
Improvements in the Norris University Center range from an upgraded selection of dining options to additional bike racks to expanded printing and copying services. But is it enough? Read more...


November 16, 2012 - Starting Monday (Nov. 19, 2012) through Tuedsday (Nov. 27, 2012) supply ventilation for A, F, G, H and N wings at the Technological Institute will be compromised. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances before leaving the building on Monday. Every effort will be made to return the system to normal operation as quickly as possible. If you have any questions please contact Jim McKinney at 847-491-5201. Click here for specifc closure schedule. 


November 7, 2012 -
 Ride on!
Five months after completing construction on a new protected bike lane on Church Street, Evanston was named a "Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The award represents more than just a commitment to active living and gas reduction. Read more...


November 6, 2012 -
 Visitors center to reflect community suggestions
After lengthy negotiations and collaborative planning between Evanston and Northwestern, the approved visitors center construction plan now reflects the needs of both while following city codes and regulations. Read more...


November 5, 2012 -
 Starting Monday (Nov. 19, 2012) through Friday (Nov. 23, 2012) supply ventilation for E, N, and K wings at the Technological Institute will be compromised between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances before leaving the building on Monday. Every effort will be made to return the system to normal operation as quickly as possible. If you have any questions please contact James Murphy at 847-491-4112.


November 2, 2012 - 
New NU medical research building to replace old Prentice Hospital
Northwestern will now move forward with its plans to build a new, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility on the site of the old Prentice Hospital. Doing so will create approximately 2,000 full-time jobs and have an annual economic impact of nearly $400 million on the area. Read more...


October 31, 2012 - Sandy gives NU a shake
After Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday evening, students at Northwestern continue to feel the effects of the tropical superstorm. Read more...


October 30, 2012 -
 Northwestern University announces design competition 
NU will invite architectural firms with substantial accomplishments in designing collegiate sports and recreation facilities to submit expressions of interest and statements of qualifications for a new athletics and recreation complex planned for its Evanston campus. Read more...


October 30, 2012 -
 All Hands Meeting
The semi-annual FM All Hands meeting was held today in the Norris University Center. Most of the almost 300 staff were in attendance. Among the speakers were Ron Nayler, Associate VP for Facilities Management, and Bonnie Humphrey, Director Facilities Management Design & Construction. The first FM newsletter was also distributed at the meeting. An online version can be found here.


October 29, 2012 - Deering Library doors re-open
Closed for the last 42 years, the iconic wooden doors to Deering Library were opened again on Friday, October 26, 2012. An audience that included University President Morty Schapiro and the grandson of former NU President Walter Dill Scott, gathered on the recently renovated steps to reopen the historic library’s main entrance. Read more..


October 26, 2012 - Purple is GREEN
The United States Environmental Protection Agency named Northwestern one of the top 20 green-powered universities in the country for the sixth year in a row. As of this October, NU is ranked seventh among universities nationwide for its usage of renewable energy resources. Read more...


October 19, 2012 —We're looking for 1,000 words
The NU Facilities Management website is looking for new photos to use on our website. If you have campus pictures (hi-res interior and exterior shots) that you would like us to consider for posting, please email them to: Karen Willoughby at karen.willoughby@northwestern.edu   


October 16, 2012 
— Willens Engineering Life Sciences Wing  
Move-in has already started for the Technological Institute's new Willens wing (B/C Infill) and is expected to be completed by the beginning of December 2012. The wing includes IMSERC analytical equipment and a multi-story atrium that provides natural daylight to areas in the existing building. For details and photos visit the links below:


October 11, 2012 
— Emergency Natural Gas Shutdown 
Facilities Management has scheduled a Emergency Natural Gas Shutdown for:
Tech, Cook Hall, Ryan Hall, Hogan Hall, Catalysis, Frances Searle (C/D), Silverman Hall, Pancoe and Ford buildings.
Natural gas service will not be available on Thursday (October 11, 2012)  from 3:00pm till Midnight. Please advise others to plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will attempt to minimize the impact of this shutdown. Every effort will be made to return the Gas service to normal operation as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions please contact Jim Murphy at 847-491-4112.


October 11, 2012 — Preventive maintenance at Technological Institute
Starting Tuesday evening (October 16, 2012) through Wednesday (October 17, 2012) the ventilation system for G wing (all floors) will be shut down. This will cause indoor conditions to be slightly cooler and more humid than usual. Fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances before leaving the building on Tuesday. Every effort will be made to return the ventilation / temperature control to normal operation as quickly as possible. If you have any questions please contact Dave McElroy at 847-467-2487.


October 5, 2012  Central Street construction through October 16, 2012
The installation of an underground utility connection is expected to impact Central Street traffic until October 16, 2012. The work will be taking place on Central Street in Evanston between Ryan Field and Green Bay Road. At times traffic will be restricted to one lane. This may impact travel times for the Ryan Field Shuttle, especially during peak commuting times. Please allow for extra travel time. Parking and sidewalk access in the area will also be restricted. For more information visit the  City of Evanston website. For shuttle questions/comments contact: shuttle@northwestern.edu


September 20, 2012 — Northwestern announces new athletics and recreation complex
Northwestern University has announced plans to build a major complex for athletic and recreational activities and a new parking structure on the north end of the Evanston campus. The complex will include a large indoor multipurpose facility that can be used for major events, indoor practice and a competition venue for intercollegiate sports, and space for recreation, club sports and intramurals. Read the Northwestern News article. 


September 14, 2012 — Emergency repair work on Sheridan Road, Tuesday, September 18, 2012
On Tuesday September 18th, Northwestern will make emergency repairs on Sheridan Road at the intersection of Foster Street. Work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will continue until completion. During this work traffic will be one lane north and south on Sheridan Road. Foster Street will be right turn only onto Sheridan. If you have questions please call Facilities Management at 1-847-491-5201.


September 10, 2012 — Overwhelming support for Northwestern's plan to build new research center
A poll conducted recently showed that 72 percent of Chicago residents support Northwestern University's plans to build a new research center on the site of old Prentice Women’s Hospital. Read the Northwestern NewsCenter article.  See the Northwestern article on Finding Tomorrow's Cures.


August 14, 2012 — Northwestern plans innovative research facility
Northwestern University is planning an innovative research facility to be built on the site of the old Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago. A feasiblity study shows it is not viable to use the old building as a facility for 21st century medical research. See the Northwestern article on Finding Tomorrow's Cures.  Read about and link to the feasibility study report.


June 19, 2012 — Central Utility Plant shutdown during Labor Day weekend The Central Utility Plant on the Evanston campus will be shut down for routine annual maintenance during Labor Day weekend, beginning Friday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. Normal operations will resume on Monday, September 3 at 10:00 p.m. This shutdown is scheduled during this period to cause the least inconvenience to occupants of the affected buildings. There will be no deviation from this schedule. Additional information can be found here.


May 22, 2012 — Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Music and Communication Building The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Music and Communication Building was held on Friday, May 18. More than 200 people gathered to hear about the new lakefront building from Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Provost Daniel Linzer, and other members of the Northwestern administration. Construction is set to begin this summer. A detailed article by the Northwestern University Newscenter can be found here.


May 16, 2012 — Campus construction map updated for Summer 2012 The campus construction map for Summer 2012 has been updated with the latest ongoing construction around the Evanston campus. The map, along with a detailed PDF version, is available here.


May 15, 2012 — Groundbreaking begins for Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music on Friday, May 18 at 2 p.m. The new lakefront building will also be home to the School of Communication. Construction is set to begin this summer. A detailed article by the Northwestern University Newscenter can be found here.


April 05, 2012 — New construction project on Sheridan Road The City of Evanston will begin a project on Sheridan Road, adjacent to campus, immediately after commencement and finishing in mid-September. State of the art traffic lights will be installed at the following junctions: Chicago/Sheridan, Foster/Sheridan, Northwestern Place/Sheridan, Noyes/Sheridan, Lincoln/Sheridan, and Central/Sheridan. These traffic lights will be interconnected for speed control and energy efficiency. Each set of lights will have pedestrian infra-red sensors and count down signals. Northwestern has worked closely with the City of Evanston over the design and implementation of these lights. If you have any questions, please contact Sat Nagar at the City of Evanston, Engineering Department at 847-328-2100. .


March 23, 2012 — Bike rack map for Evanston campus now available A map of the bike racks on the Evanston campus and has been created and added to the Maps section. The map is also now visible on Northwestern’s main map. .


March 15, 2012 — Searle Hall receives LEED certification for green building practices Searle Hall has received gold-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System®.  Jay Baehr is the project manager for Searle. To view a full list of Northwestern's LEED certified buildings, click here.


March 01, 2012 — Evanston campus power shutdowns during spring break Commonwealth Edison will shut off power to selected Evanston campus buildings on March 22nd and 24th to perform maintenance on ComEd equipment. Because it is spring break, minimal impact to normal campus activity is expected. See the shutdown dates and buildings affected.


February 28, 2012 — Campus construction maps updated for Winter/Spring 2012 The campus construction maps for Winter/Spring 2012 have been updated with the latest project completions and ongoing construction around the Evanston and Chicago campuses. The maps, along with PDF versions, are available here.


February 03, 2012 — New visitors center article by Northwestern Newscenter The Northwestern University Newscenter has released an article about the new visitors center for prospective students and their families, which will include include an auditorium, meeting rooms, and offices for admissions visitors staff. Construction is expected to begin this summer. You can read the full article here.


February 01, 2012 — Green Cup 2012 begins
Green Cup 2012, a month-long competition which challenges Northwestern students living in campus residence halls and Greek housing to reduce energy and water use, begins today. A page containing additional information and links can be found here.


January 20, 2012 — Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music article by Northwestern Newscenter
The Northwestern University Newscenter has released an article about the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, a new lakefront building that will provide additional space for the School of Communication. Construction is expected to begin in May. You can read the full article here.


December 14, 2011 — Additional power shutdowns on Evanston Campus
In addition to the winter break power shutdowns, ComEd will shut down power at C/D Searle and Cook Hall on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Both buildings will lose power for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. During this temporary outage, emergency generators for C/D Searle and Cook Hall will come online to operate emergency receptacles and lighting. Once ComEd has completed their work, there will be another short outage to bring both buildings back to normal operating power.


December 09, 2011 — Evanston Campus power shutdowns next week
Commonwealth Edison will shut off power to selected Evanston Campus buildings next week to perform maintenance on ComEd equipment. Because it is winter break, minimal impact to normal campus activity is expected.See the shutdown dates and buildings affected.


December 06, 2011 — Northwestern Place article by Northwestern Newscenter
The Northwestern University Newscenter has released an article about Northwestern Place, the redesigned intersection across Sheridan Road that will act as a path to central campus. Phase one of the project has been completed and phase two is expected to be finished by next fall. You can read the full article here.


November 29, 2011 — Evanston campus construction map update
The campus construction map for Fall 2011 has been updated with the latest project completions and ongoing construction around the Evanston campus. The map, along with a PDF version, are available here.


November 21, 2011 — Northwestern Place paving and striping
The asphalt paving of Northwestern Place, formerly known as Garrett Parking lot, will be completed on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. Severe traffic congestion is anticipated and FM recommends you avoid this area and park elsewhere on campus. The lot and driveway will be closed on Friday, November 25, 2011, for striping. For further information, please contact project manager Andrew McGonigle at (847) 815-4738.


November 15, 2011 — New Director of Sustainability joins FM staff
Robert Whittier has joined the Facilities Management staff as the Director of Sustainability. He has previously worked for Deloitte Consulting as a Manager in the Sustainability and Climate Change practice and for General Electric’s ecomagination initative as a Director. Robert is Lean Six Sigma certified, LEAD GRI certified and a LEED AP with the USGBC. He also sits on the board of Directors of the Delta Institute – a Chicago based organization whose mission is to improve the sustainability of Chicago’s built environment and to promote green economic development.
Please join us in welcoming him to Facilities Management and to Northwestern.


November 09, 2011 — Temporary closure of Northwestern Place
The Garrett parking lot (now known as Northwestern Place) and the drive to the Allen Center will be temporarily closed as of Saturday, November 12, 2011 for stripping and repavement. The lot will be closed all Saturday and a portion of Sunday. Any necessary access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction.


October 20, 2011 — Power Outage on Evanston Campus
At approximately 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, a power outage occurred due to a downed utility pole near the intersection of Orrington Avenue and Clinton Place in Evanston. This off-campus event interrupted power service to several buildings on the north side of the Evanston Campus.
At 5:05 p.m., ComEd started restoring power to the affected buildings. Full utility power was provided by 5:15 p.m., and Facilities Management brought building systems back into operation.
In addition, a power fluctuation occured near midnight on October 19 that affected all buildings on the Evanston campus.


October 11, 2011 — One lane traffic between Garrett and Swift Hall
The road between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Swift Hall has been reduced to one lane during the reconstruction of the Swift Utility Tunnel. The work began October 10, 2011 and is expected to continue for four weeks. Traffic signals at each end of the roadway allow traffic to pass in each direction at 90 second intervals.


September 13, 2011 — A smoky smell is in the air
The National Weather Service reports that smoke from a large wildfire in northeast Minnesota has been pushed into northern Illinois this afternoon by northerly winds. The smoke is likely to persist through the afternoon and into the overnight hours. During this time, the Northwestern University community should expect to see hazy skies and smell a distinct burning odor. Individuals with respiratory problems should use caution while smoke affects our area.


August 26, 2011 — Traffic lights coming to Garrett parking lot entrance
Construction begins Monday, August 29, on the first step of a major project on the Evanston campus to provide state-of-the-art traffic lights at the entrance of the Garrett parking lot, located east of Sheridan Road between Library Place and Garrett Place. See more details of this project.


August 22, 2011 — Road work begins at Emerson Street and Green Bay Road
Over the next five weeks the City of Evanston will be making pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Emerson Street and Green Bay Road. Construction will begin the week of August 22nd and the project is expected to be completed by the third week of September.
During construction traffic will be maintained on Emerson Street and on Green Bay Road. Watch for "No Parking" signs that will be posted 48 hours before work starts. See more details on the City of Evanston website.


July 5, 2011 — ComEd and Facilities Management restore power
While recent storms put Evanston campus buildings out of commission this weekend, Facilities Management and ComEd have restored power to all affected locations. FM and ComEd are developing a plan to avoid future power outages. Read more here.


June 17, 2011 — Swift Hall Annex begins phase two of window restoration project

Phase 2 of the window restoration project at Swift Hall Annex will be underway on June 20, 2011. Work will continue through August on this phase of the project. View the project schedule.
Please check back periodically to see updates to the schedule.


June 15, 2011 —  CUP to perform annual maintenance over Labor Day weekend
The Central Utility Plant on the Evanston Campus will be shut down to perform routine annual maintenance during Labor Day weekend,. The shutdown will begin Friday September 2, 2011, at 6:00 p.m and normal operations will resume on Monday, September 5, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. See more about this maintenance.


May 25, 2011 — Consultants determine possible Prentice Hospital renovations to be impractical
Renovating the old Prentice Hospital building on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus for use as a medical research facility is not feasible because of cost and efficiency, according to a study by Jacobs Consultancy, Inc., Thornton Thomassetti and Affiliated Engineers.
Read the full announcement.


May 17, 2011 — Summer construction projects to launch
While the summer of 2011 may not go down in history as the "summer of construction," there are lots of great projects that will be underway soon. See the construction map.


April 8, 2011 — Foster-Walker Complex fire alarm repair schedules now available
The April and May schedules for fire alarm repairs at the Foster-Walker Complex are now available. View repair schedule.


March 25, 2011 — Roadwork on Sheridan will resume April 4, 2011
Roadwork that began last summer on Sheridan Road will resume April 4, 2011. Beginning at Clark Street and moving south to Burnham Place, Sheridan will be closed for southbound traffic. The City of Evanston project is expected to be completed in August 2011.Read the Northwestern NewsCenter story about the Sheridan Road Construction Project. Read the City of Evanston page about the Sheridan Road/Forest Avenue Rehabilitation Project.


February 23, 2011 — Northwestern ranked sixth on EPA list of largest green power purchasers
Northwestern ranked sixth on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new list of the Top 20 College and University green power purchasers. Northwestern jumped three places since 2010 by matching 74 million kilowatt-hours of annual energy use with Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Certificates. Read more from the Northwestern University Newscenter.


October 19, 2010 — Silverman Hall receives LEED certification for green building practices
The Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics has received gold-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System®. Read more about the building and it's LEED certification in the Northwestern University Newscenter article. Quentin Bruhn is the Project Manager and Jay Seay is the Project Engineer.


December 9, 2008 — Submit your service requests online via NU Portal
The NU Portal and new NUFinancials system is live. All non-emergency service requests should be requested online through Self-Service via the Facilities tab on th NU Portal. If you do not have access to Self-Service, please contact your department head or LRTL contact. Your LRTL contact can be found here (http://cafe.northwestern.edu/readiness/LRTLlist.html ). You will be able to track the status of service requests entered into Self-Service using the SR Number (SR000XXX) that will automatically be assigned upon entry. For complete instructions, refer to How to Create a Service Request  and How to View an Existing Service Request 


July 2008 — Wieboldt Hall receives LEED certification for green building practices
In May, 2008 the U.S. Green Building Council awarded a LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors to Wieboldt Hall School of Continuing Studies. Sue Budinsky is the Project Manager.