The Effects of COVID-19 on Facilities Management
Facilities and Services experts from Stony Brook University and Johnson & Wales University
recently joined the School of Professional Development's Higher Education Administration
Program at Stony Brook University for a panel discussion surrounding the effects of
COVID-19 on facilities management.
Joyce Wellinger, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in the College of Business
and lecturer in the School of Professional Development, moderated a lively web-based
discussion for students enrolled in the Higher Education Facilities Management course
at Stony Brook. Panelists included Dean Tufts, the Vice President for Facilities and
Services at Stony Brook along with Jason Witham, the Vice President of Facilities
Management at Johnson & Wales University.
Participants learned about the challenges both Universities faced at the onset of
the pandemic, along with the changes and enhancements that have been made to their
respective campuses throughout the last year including safety precautions, space allocations,
and custodial changes. The duo also spoke about the future for facilities management
at their Universities, and noted that while some precautions will likely wane in the
coming year, there are several lasting impacts from the pandemic pertaining to density
allocations in future construction, as well as the continued necessity for flexible
spaces on campus, that will remain present long after the pandemic has ended.
To learn more about the the Facilities & Services divisions at both Universities,
and their ongoing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, please use the links below:
Stony Brook University Facilities & Services Website
Johnson & Wales University Facilities Website