UWG Awarded for Efficiency

Friday, April 2, 2010

Not willing to rest on their laurels for the 2009 APPA Award for Excellence, UWG’s Department of Campus Planning and Facilities has captured yet another best practice award from Building Operating Management magazine for their efforts on use of Lean Six Sigma methodologies in higher education.

Appropriately called the FMXcellence Recognition Program, this new initiative highlights facilities maintenance departments that spearhead and execute standout projects and programs.

“The results of these efforts support Chancellor Erroll B. Davis’ challenge to implement efforts in order to improve effectiveness,” said CPF Vice President Mike Renfrow. “It also supports goal six of the University System of Georgia Strategic Plan, which is to increase the efficiency of business functions, develop a leadership culture and engage the workforce in the process of improvement.” 

Campus Planning and Facilities based its application on three projects that generated savings in performance categories of Fuel Consumption, Work Orders and BTU Consumption.

Fuel consumption was monitored on a monthly basis with results of a 10.5 percent reduction or 2,466 gallons in gasoline, a 14.7 percent reduction or 363 gallons in diesel fuel and a 24.5 percent cost savings of $17,525 compared to last year.  

The project on Work Order Efficiency resulted in a 21.7 percent increase in work order effectiveness and an efficiency rate of 108 percent with the level of employment remaining the same as the previous year.

The project on improving BTU consumption resulted in a significant saving of thousands of dollars for the university’s operational budget.

The award was presented at the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference in Baltimore.