25 April 2017 • by Kimberley Brewster
New FM ‘wing’ officially opened
An in-depth evaluation of the first renovation (pilot) of the Facility Management (FM) degree programme facilities as part of the Accommodations Master Plan showed that the layout of the lecturers’ work area offered insufficient support to colleagues in carrying out their daily duties. The FM identity and educational vision were also insufficiently expressed. This prompted a follow-up to the pilot.
Employees of the FM degree programme and the Accommodations Master Plan project team have spent the past few months working hard to make the necessary changes to the FM terrace, lecturers’ work area and part of the study area. The restructuring is intended to offer more multifunctional spaces that align with the curriculum of the degree programme, teaching methods and communication, explains Barbara Groenevelt, FM lecturer.
The opening celebration in honour of the renovated ‘wing’ took place on the afternoon of Thursday 6 April. Tip: If you are invited to a get-together organised by the FM degree programme, accept it without hesitation. You can expect nothing less than a perfectly orchestrated event. And, as can be expected, the guests were welcomed with a snack and drink and an invitation to have a look at the new learning and working environment for Facility Management.
On entering the area, the first thing you notice is the new ‘Op Maat’ (‘Custom’) counter. Marjolein Moonen, FM programme manager, explains, ‘The name of the counter refers to the identity of Facility Management. FM is all about hospitality and services. Student inquiries are handled here, but colleagues and external parties should also feel more than welcome to use our services. A unique aspect of the renovation is that our students now have the possibility to gain work experience. Our counter is used as a training company like the DOK 75 FM restaurant which, as many of you may remember, was established for this purpose.’
Barbara adds, ‘The FM terrace is located in front of the counter, our “Ankerpunt”, a place where students, lecturers and guests can meet and interact. It’s also referred to as an “OnStage location”. Another OnStage work space where many students and lecturers interact is the study area. This large and open space encourages and facilitates collaboration between students. It is also used to promote project-based working under the supervision of a lecturer. The ‘OffStage’ work spaces are specially equipped for Facility Management employees and offer staff a place to meet or concentrate on their work.’
Curious about the end result of the renovation work? You are more than welcome to admire it live on the ground floor at the Strip!
For more details on the renovation, see the Staff Portal.