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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( August 19, 1999)
SDSM& T Develops New Approach to the Operation of University Facilities
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) is developing a new approach to the operation of the university facilities and grounds through a contract with ARAMARK, a national provider of university services. Currently, five of the six public universities of the South Dakota System of Higher Education provide dining services for their campuses through service management contracts. SDSM& T is the first university to develop a program for the management of university facilities through a contract. Although contracting for facility management is relatively new to South Dakota, over 20% of the nation’s universities have chosen to use contract facility management services.
In December 1998, SDSM& T began to explore ways to respond to the campus needs for new services while remaining within available funding. Recent renovation activities on campus have resulted in an increased awareness of the changes in technologies now available in facilities maintenance. Identifying the opportunity to benefit from these new innovations provided encouragement for SDSM& T to further explore the advantages a corporate partner could provide.
With the input of SDSM& T facilities managers, detailed specifications were developed outlining the types of services required to operate and maintain university facilities including, classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, offices, and campus grounds.
After evaluating proposals, ARAMARK, a global management services company that is entering its third year of managing SDSM& T’s dining services, was invited to expand its partnership with SDSM& T to include a five- year contract for the management of the university facilities. ARAMARK will begin directing facility operations at SDSM& T on August 23, 1999.
SDSM& T expects the contract with ARAMARK to allow for an enhancement of custodial and maintenance services that will better serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff. ARAMARK, the world’s largest employee owned food and services group, with annual income in excess of $ 6.3 billion provides food, support, and facility services to the business, education, government, health care and recreation industries in the United States and ten other countries. The company has over 150,000 employees and services 15 million people at 500,000 locations each day. Through the use of the newest in cleaning and maintenance equipment, coupled with enhanced computer management and maintenance scheduling tools, ARAMARK has proposed to expand the services available to SDSM& T while also providing savings to SDSM& T.
As a part of the contract, ARAMARK has invited all 35 employees who currently provide SDSM& T’s facility services to accept employment contracts with ARAMARK. The employment contracts provide for employee wages and benefits to remain at or above their current levels. ARAMARK has also made a commitment to increase employee wages over time, as appropriate. The identification of a campus director that ARAMARK will employ is pending SDSM& T approval.
Mr. Tim Henderson, SDSM& T Vice President of Business and Administration, announced that with the new services provided by ARAMARK, SDSM& T expects that the campus will experience savings through a reduction in direct physical plant expenses, and through reduced workers' compensation costs.
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