In support of The University of New Mexico’s Bring Back the Pack Initiative, Facilities Management (FM) has provided multiple resources for campus departments, students, and staff to help navigate the availability and safety of buildings for the fall semester.

For departments seeking to reopen their buildings, or portions of buildings, detailed instructions and the request submission form can be found on the Facility Re-Open Request page. In addition to the request submission form, resources include readiness checklists, return to operation plan template, and descriptions of each step in the approval process.

Once approved for reopen, buildings are listed on the Facilities Approved for Re-Open page, sorted by both re-open date and building name. These lists should assist service providers plan for upcoming reopens and help campus users determine which facilities are open for business before they leave their home or office.

With facilities reopening during the pandemic, there will naturally be questions about the safety of facilities and what to do if there is suspected exposure to the virus. FM has provided a COVID-Related Guidance page dedicated to offering a roadmap for department leadership, relating to their facilities, if staff or students report positive or possible exposure to COVID-19. The page also includes a developing FAQ section for key topics such as HVAC units and FM Custodial cleaning protocols.

In the event a facility has a COVID-19 related exposure, a regularly updated Building/Area Closures for COVID-Related Cleaning list is provided showing buildings, or spaces within buildings, that have been temporarily closed for cleaning and when they’ve received an “All Clear” for resumption of operations.

Links to these resources can also be found on the FM homepage under the Bringing Back the Pack heading.