News and Announcements

Read recent announcements from Facilities Management. For an archive of earlier posts, visit the For 2014 and Earlier webpage

October 31, 2017

Sheridan Road construction completed

New bike lanes, and sidewalks have reopened on Sheridan Road, as well as all north and southbound traffic lanes. Read more...

September 5, 2017

Garages of the future are here now

Segal Visitors Center and North Parking hailed as prime example of mixed use garage spaces by New York Times. Read more...

August 28, 2017

Northwestern on "Beautiful Campuses" list

"The 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America" list, by Condé Nast Traveler, includes Northwestern's Evanston campus. Read more...

August 24, 2017

NU solar house heads to energy competition in Denver

Built by a team of Northwestern University students, Enable is a 100-percent solar-powered home. Read more...

March 7, 2017

Reservoir Lot to reopen

On Monday, March 27, 2017, parking lot 104 located at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Campus Drive, also known as the Reservoir Lot, will reopen to faculty, staff, and students with active permits. For permits, contact the Parking Office located inside the Segal Visitors Center.

January 3, 2017

A look back on Northwestern in 2016:

September 28, 2016

No electricity in Pancoe & Silverman

Starting Friday, September 30, 2016, at 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, October 2, 2016, at 6:00 p.mPancoe Life Science and Silverman East will be open for limited operations. We ask all occupants to keep their electrical power usage to a minimum as upgrades to the main switchgear will be performed during this time.

September 19, 2016

Rebuilding together

Northwestern staff members, including some FM staff, teamed up with the City of Evanston and Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago, a non-profit group, to improve the homes and lives of Evanston residents in need. Read more...

September 16, 2016

And we're back!

The start of a new school year and many exciting happenings. Read about them in the 2016 Fall FM online. [Click here]

September 13, 2016

Hogan Hall CLOSED

Beginning Friday, September 16, 2016, at 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., Hogan Hall will be closed due to a power shutdown for maintenance upgrades. Only emergency power will be provided to the building during this period.

June 3, 2016

The Bike Commuter Challenge

The Bike Commuter Challenge from June 10 - 17, 2016, is an annual event that encourages new and experienced riders to get out and bike, while creating friendly workplace competition. Read more...

May 22, 2016

Campus drive detour

As part of the Wirtz renovation, a portion of Campus Drive (just south of turn-around) will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from June 6-15, 2016. [See map for detours and details.]

April 14, 2016

Miss Town Hall?

You can view the presentation here.

March 23, 2016

Understated gold

The new NU Sailing Center, which opened in 2014, has received a LEED GOLD rating.

March 8, 2016

The wait is over

Better than a political debate...more exciting than March Madness...the 2016 Spring FM newsletter is is now available online. [Click here]

March 1, 2016

University Library hours

During Reading Week, University Library is open 24 hours starting at 8:30am on Monday, March 7, 2016, until 5:00pm on Friday, March 18, 2016.

March 1, 2016

Water shut-off on Evanston campus

Beginning March 14, 2016, waterlines to several Northwestern buildings on the Evanston campus will be shut off due to  work on Sheridan Road. Read more...

February 15, 2016

FM Customer Service is now available by phone on both campuses from
7:00am to 7:00pm.
Evanston: (847) 491-5201
Chicago:  (312) 503-8000

February 7, 2016

Sheridan Road to be closed February 9

All northbound traffic will be rerouted off Sheridan Road between Colfax and Lincoln streets Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, due to water main line improvements. Read more...

December 30, 2015

Sheridan Road Work Starts January 25

Water main repairs begin on Sheridan Road in Evanston on Monday, January 25. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Get more information on the City of Evanston's website.

October 22, 2015

Ventilation shutdown at Tech

The ventilation system at the Technological Institute in E, N, and K wings will shut down for inspection on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.. 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 McKinney at 708-955-9625.

October 1, 2015

Automated garage access

The North and South parking garages now have gate access control equipment at the entrances. Permit holders may enter and exit by swiping their Wildcards. Visitor parking is also available in the garage for an $8.00 daily fee. Click here for details.

September 10, 2015


Staff Resources webpage

With directory listings, shuttle schedules, training manuals, calendars and more, the Staff Resources webpage makes your job easier.

September 9, 2015

Water shutdown

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., water services at Ryan Hall and Silverman West will not be available.
For more information, please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106.

September 4, 2015

Labor Day Shutdown notices

The Central Utility Plant of the Facilities Management Department on the Evanston Campus will be shut down to perform routine annual maintenance beginning Friday, September 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Several buildings will be affected over the weekend. [Read more...]

September 3, 2015

Fence between Cook and Francis Searle

Until September 28, 2015, there will be construction between Cook and Francis Searle HallsFencing will be erected between the two buildings to prevent pedestrian traffic. In addition, vibrations from the construction may may cause issues with sensitive experiments in the area.
For additional information please contact Quentin Bruhn at 847-491-5111.

September 2, 2015

Road construction in Evanston

Street resurfacing, along with curb replacement and installation of ADA accessible curb ramps, will take place on Foster St. between Ridge Ave. and Maple Ave., beginning September 8, through October 2015. "No parking" signs will be posted 48 hours before work begins on any street. 

August 7, 2015

Run for Walk, August 9, 2015

From approximately 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2015, Sheridan Road from Lincoln St. on the north to Clark Street on the south, Lincoln Street from Jackson Street on the west to the campus lakefront on the east, will be closed for the Run for Walk. Traffic will intermittently be allowed to cross the race course, but alternate routes are advised. Please also consider using alternate parking in campus lots west of Sheridan Road. [Click here to view course map.]

July 17, 2015

No elevator at Alice Millar/Parkes Hall

The elevator at Alice Millar/Parkes Hall will be out of service and under reconstruction through January 2016, in order to become ADA compliant.

July 27, 2015

Emergency response training this week

NU's Evanston campus will host a series of practice drills July 28 through 30, 2015, for the Evanston Fire Department (EFD) and other area emergency teams.
Simulated emergency rescue situations will be staged outdoors near the Tech loading dock of the Hogan Biological Sciences Building. This area will provide direct access for practice entry into a lab while causing minimal disruption or alarm to the campus community.

June 16, 2015

Parking During Commencement

Northwestern University's 157th Commencement will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015, at Ryan Field. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use public transportation or park in lots west of Sheridan Road such as Engelhart Lot (lot # 239, located at Foster Street/Maple Avenue). Read more...

June 15, 2015

We have a winner!

Allison Hoffman is the winner of the FM newsletter 2015 Summer edition puzzle contest. Congrats!
To see the answer click here.
Comments on this issue or ideas/articles for upcoming issues can be sent to

May 8, 2015

The worth of water

Throughout the month of June 2015, FM will be performing Underground Utility Water Leak Testing campus-wide. Read more...

May 8, 2015

Street resurfacing in Evanston

Starting the week of May 11, 2015, resurfacing work will being on six street segments in Evanston. Read more...

May 8, 2015

Sewer work behind Seabury

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the City of Evanston will be doing sewer work in the alley west of Seabury, between Garrett Pl and Haven St.  Work is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Traffic in the vicinity may be affected.

April 30, 2015

Key step in athletics complex

Construction to begin on training/competition venues for new athletics and recreation complex. Read more...

March 23, 2015

The Story of Fisk Hall

On April 17, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. in Fisk 311, Roger Boye will tell the story of "Northwestern's Most Historic Building" designed in the 1890s by Daniel Burnham and Co. Click here for details.

March 23, 2015

Turn it off for Earth Hour 2015 on Saturday! 

For one hour on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 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 on the Office of Sustainability site.

Watch the Earth Hour video.

March 23, 2015

From Monday, March 23 until Friday, March 27, 2015, the water-damaged vinyl floor tiles at Pancoe’s 4th floor elevator lobby will be replaced. Pedestrian traffic in this area will therefore be limited. Pancoe’s main stairway will remain accessible for emergency-use.
For more information, please contact Kit Ramos at 847-467-1106

March 12, 2015

Play on! 

On Monday, March 30, 2015, the new Music Building will be open for business. Absolutely one of the brightest new jewels in NU's architectural crown, it's worth a gander, so stop by.

March 16, 2015

Cook Hall water shutdown

Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Cook Hall First Floor all water services (industrial and domestic) which cover lab faucets, washrooms, eyewash stations, drinking fountains, and emergency showers in Cook Hall’s first floor will not be available.

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

March 12, 2015

Cook Hall ventilation shutdown

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, from 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., both outdoor air supply and general/fume hood exhaust at Cook Hall’s East zone, will unavailable to allow for the servicing and maintenance of the exhaust fan system.
Please fully close sashes of fume hoods and cover containers of fume-generating materials prior to this period.
For additional information, please contact David McElroy at 847 467-2487.

March 10, 2015

Pancoe Hall ventilation shutdown

Starting Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., steam-supported services at Pancoe’s North and South wings, and Silverman East will not be available. This includes ventilation (outdoor air supply and exhaust), hot water, perimeter or baseboard heating, autoclaves and glasswashers.
Before leaving on Friday, March 13, 201, fume hood users are advised to close sashes and cover containers of fume-generating substances.
For details contact Paul Zint at 847-815-4693.>

March 1, 2015

Meet your new best friend

Visit FM's new Staff Resources webpage. With directory listings, shuttle schedules, training manuals, calendars and more, your job just became easier.

February 10, 2015

New VP of Facilities named

John D’Angelo Jr. has been chosen as NU’s next vice president for FM and will oversee the University’s physical assets on its three campuses. Read a story on Northwestern News page.

February 1, 2015

The walls come tumbling down

Phase 1 of the Kresge Hall renovation involves interior abatement and demolition, as well as relocation and separation of mechanical systems servicing both Kresge and Crowe Hall.
[Watch the video.]

January 15, 2015

Reservoir Lot Closed as of January 19, 2015

Starting Monday, January 19 through Sunday, March 29, 2015, the Reservoir Lot (Lincoln Street and Campus Drive) will be cleared of cars for the winter months, at the request of the City of Evanston. Daily and monthly parkers should use the new North Garage. This includes R-Permit parkers. Please contact Parking Services at 847-491-3319 for additional information.

January 15, 2015

On Saturday, January 17, 2015. from 7:00 a.m. until 11 a.m. the following services will be unavailable at 1801 Maple Ave, or limited (as indicated), to allow for maintenance:
1. Ventilation: outdoor air supply and fume hood/general exhaust, will not be available throughout the building. Kindly cover all containers of fume-generating substances and close all sashes.
2. Electrical service throughout the building will not be available. Only emergency generator-supported convenience outlets (red) will be energized and life-safety systems available. 
3. No city water-supported services will be available throughout the building. 

For additional information contact Dave McElroy at (847) 467-2487.