Science procurement services amalgamation underway
The first phase of the Faculty of Science’s planned amalgamation and relocation of procurement services is now complete. Renovations to the division’s new home, located on the second floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, have concluded. A tender has also been awarded for renovations to facilities on the first floor with work expected to begin in the next few weeks.
“The change should enhance the service provided to the departments and help maintain an efficient flow of goods passing through our supply operations,” said Dion Bennett, supply chain manager for the Faculty of Science.
The new home for Procurement Services, room C-2012, is located immediately above the current Physical Sciences Stores facility and will primarily serve the Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biology and Psychology departments. Purchasing, tender preparation and related administration activities will be performed in this area.
The second phase of the project will occur on the first floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building in room C-1016 and related areas, the current home of Physical Sciences Stores. This space will continue to be used for shipping, receiving, inventory administration, counter service and an order delivery service, but requires a number of upgrades to meet current safety codes.
“Due to the job functions performed and the materials stocked within this area, the renovation planning has been more detailed and time consuming compared to the first phase,” said Mr. Bennett. “Updating the area to current safety code standards is a key aspect of the project, adding to the due diligence required. I am pleased that the tender for these renovations has now been awarded and Facilities Management has already contacted our unit to start preparations for the construction phase.”
The current plan is to keep one workstation and a temporary service counter operating on the first floor while construction is ongoing with temporary storage used to accommodate stock and equipment. As a result, delays in order fulfillment and service requests are expected during this period. Stores services may also have to close for short durations to accommodate the renovations.
“During construction and transition, I am asking customers of Physical and Life Sciences Stores allow for extended lead times regarding orders and services requested,” said Mr. Bennett. “Initially the greatest impact will be felt by Physical Sciences Stores, but since all staff will be making preparations for this move, Life Sciences will be affected as well.”
Further updates about the status of the project will be announced as they become available. For more information, please contact Dion Bennett at 709-864-8548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.