The diversity of University programs and activities frequently requires coordination of building operations by various departments. This coordination is managed by individuals, at least one per building, called Area Coordinators, who are the keystone to this communication and coordination.
Building coordination often involves the services provided by support units such as Facilities Management, University Police, Environmental Health and Safety, and ITS. Building coordination is most efficiently accomplished through the careful selection and assignment of Area Coordinators. The Area Coordinator is the first line of communication for interaction between the various entities of the University and a building's occupants.
Longwood has utilized a network of designated building representatives in the past. However, the program is evolving from an informal relationship to one that has a real goal of improving the University. A faculty or staff member's agreement to serve as an Area Coordinator and his or her willingness to provide input to improve the program are greatly appreciated by students, staff, and faculty throughout the institution.
So, next time you know to avoid Madison Street on a certain day, wonder how that stair tread was repaired so quickly, or are curious who turned off the lights after you went home, look to your Area Coordinators: they are the quiet force behind the scenes who are pulling the strings to help keep your area and the University running smoothly and efficiently.