Facilities General Information
The information contained on this site serves as an instrument to inform the Pratt Institute community about Facilities Management services, how they may be obtained, and what financial considerations are involved. As a service organization, we are responsible for the planning, construction, renovation, maintenance, and repair at Pratt Institute buildings and facilities; and the providing of utilities, grounds care, custodial, trash collection, recycling, and other services. Our goal is to make available these services in a manner consistent with Pratt Institute standards of excellence.
Facilities Management must assure that all maintenance, repair, construction, renovation, or alteration to the Institutes facilities, installed systems and equipment is carried out in accordance with all applicable codes and regulations, and conforms to the Institutes standards.
Facilities Management's staff is available to review or develop plans, specifications, provide field reviews and inspections for approved projects. Generally, this practice is best provided by plans and specifications developed through Facilities Management. Utilizing contracts for facilities work administered by Facilities Management.
Work by Facilities
Facilities Management employs a staff trained in every principal trade required for facilities maintenance, repair, alteration, construction, or service. These employees can respond to urgent or specialized needs and provide continuity of basic maintenance and repair programs. They offer a timely and flexible response to renovation projects of moderate or limited scope.
Facilities Management also has a comprehensive capability for the development, award, and administration of contracts for construction and all types of facilities services. If a department has a specific preference for work by either contract or Facilities Management forces, Facilities Management will arrange the work accordingly whenever possible.
New construction or renovation projects exceeding $10,000 in costs are generally performed by contract. Facilities Management forces are sometimes used for renovation of buildings.
Departments with trained technicians or other personnel with trade skills may wish to perform minor Facilities alterations and renovations themselves Although this arrangement is usually acceptable, Facilities Management must review and approve plans and issue a building permit prior to the start of work and must inspect the completed work prior to occupancy to ensure compliance with required codes and standards These precautions are necessary to ensure the safety of students, staff and the general public who will use the area.
Connections to Utilities Systems
In order to maintain the integrity of utility systems and minimize safety hazards, alterations or connections to any Institute utility (both external distribution systems and internal building systems) may only be made by Facilities Management employees or by contractors working under Facilities Management direction
This policy is applicable to steam, heating hot water, chilled water, air conditioning, electrical, water, sewer, gas, compressed air, and vacuum.
Services to Leased Facilities
Responsibility for maintenance and repair of leased facilities varies according to individual contracts. Where such services are not provided by the landlord, Facilities Management may provide these and other services subject to the concurrence of all parties.
Similar arrangements can be made for the renovation, alteration, or improvement of leased properties. Facilities Management services to leased facilities are typically provided on a reimbursable basis. In some cases, where facilities have been leased for education and general activities, Facilities Management may be budgeted to provide routine maintenance, repair, and utilities services.