Reconfiguration of Freehafer’s First Floor Offers Improvements, Impacts Many - 06/16/09

Uniform cubicles, closer proximity of departmental work areas, improved pedestrian flow, cleaner lines and a more efficient use of floor space overall are some of the benefits staff say they are enjoying since a large portion of Freehafer’s first floor underwent a recent reconfiguration.

The project, in the planning since September 2008, was undertaken in two phases. The first began Thursday, May 14 and was finished when staff returned the following Monday. Workers started Phase 2 at noon Thursday, May 28 and worked throughout that weekend.

A diagram of Freehafers first floor reconfiguration is available under the “A-Z Index” on the Vice President for Business Services & Assistant Treasurer Web site. The diagram is color-coded to identify each department’s area.

The completed project increased the number of work spaces from 65 to 74 and enlisted the services of The Zone staff, Purdue electricians and network personnel, as well as outside moving crews.

Departments involved in the move were: Business Process Managers, Business Services Computing, Business Services Training and Communication, Payroll, Purchasing Services, Office of Supplier Diversity Development, the Shared Service Center and The Zone.

The reconfiguration incorporated a “standard footprint” among individual work spaces, said PC Customer Support Specialist JJ Smith of the Zone, who helped coordinate and oversee the computer and data portion of the reconfiguration and move. All cubicles are nearly identical in size and amenities, with one exception. While directors’ spaces are set up in the same format, each is accompanied by an adjoining space furnished with a conference table and chairs. In addition, three cubicle-size spaces were designed as conference areas which any Business Services staff may reserve for use.

“It was an honor to have my group as well as me involved with this move,” Smith said. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to work with the other departments in their space needs and office arrangements. Both moves went very well with coordination between all internal and external forces.”

Many staff were involved in making the reconfiguration and move happen. Among them were: Lucia Anderson, director of Business Managers; Rick Bradley of Purchasing; Assistant Comptroller Mary Alexander-Conte, Payroll and Taxes; Kevin Vedder, assistant director, Human Resource Services Shared Service Center; Terry Schroeder, assistant director of Business Services Computing; Brad Peart, manager of Distributed Computing; Jim Mitchell, manager of Freehafer Operations; Ellen Lennox, senior project manager for in-house design; Project Manager Julia Hickman; and The Zone, including Smith, Lisa Bowerman, Sean Kelly, Kent Longenecker, Raynae Sicotte and Lori Townsley.