CWUNewsNews Science II Obelisk to be Installed May 1, 26 Apr 2017 13:22:11<p><img alt="" src="/facility/sites/" style="width: 125px; height: 600px; float: left;">"Secondhand Geology," a sculpture made of blocks of crushed stainless steel, will be installed May 1 on the grounds of Central Washington University's new Science II building. It will be dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 4.</p><p>The 20-foot, 5,000-pound column, which will be anchored to a four-foot concrete base, is the work of the Ball-Nogues studio in Los Angeles. An ArtsWA ( project, the artwork was funded through the Art in Public Places program which allocates a percentage of the building's construction costs for art to be installed on the site of a publicly funded structure. Benson Shaw's work, "Resources," at Dean Hall, is an ArtsWA project.</p><p>"The ArtsWA group have a roster of artists to be considered for public art projects," said Joanne Hillemann, architect, LEED AP, and manager, CWU Facilities Planning and Construction. "An ArtsWA manager met with the CWU Art Committee to initiate the process for commissioning the piece."</p><p>"The Art Selection Committee for Science Phase II had a challenging task of choosing an artist whose style would capture the essence of physics, geology, and science education [departments housed in Science II], but also succeed with the many constraints on location," said committee member Andy Piacsek, chair and professor of physics. "Because the interior of the building already had so many strong design elements, including permanent exhibits, the committee expected that the art would likely be outside. Ball and Nogues made a strong impression by explaining how the process by which a sculpture is created is just as important as the final form.</p><p>"They didn’t disappoint: the Science II sculpture is a simple pylon, but fabricated in a way that simulates and evokes the stratigraphy and metamorphic processes seen in the earth’s crust. I’m very pleased with it."</p><p>"Secondhand Geology" was created using powerful industrial processes to compact the stainless steel in to blocks which are stacked in a column.</p><p>"The crumpled steel is a manifestation of the massive forces required to compact it," Ball-Nogues related in its artist's statement. "It will remind viewers of the geological processes at work on rock formations near Ellensburg. The shape of the column will suggest a stone obelisk or a colossal geological core sample."</p><p>The sculpture will take about three days to be shipped from Los Angeles. Once the sculpture arrives, CWU will off-load it by forklift and place it on the ground adjacent to the concrete pedestal. A crane and a man-lift will be used to install the sculpture, and this will be coordinated by Ball-Nogues Studio and with CWU Facilities.</p><p>Sculptor Gaston Nogues will travel from Los Angeles to assemble the sculpture and attend its dedication.<br><br>The people involved in the Science II Art selection process included: Gregg Schlanger, chair, Art Department; Lola Gallagher, associate director of marketing and communication, Student Union; Joanne Hillemann; Doug Ryder, planning officer, Facilities Management; Andy Piacsek; Nick Zentner, professor, Geology Department; Tim Sorey, professor, Chemistry Department; Cindy Krieble, professor emeritus, Art Department; John Michel, professor, Music Department; Brian Kooser, CWU student representative; and Becky Barnhart and Robert Wiese from Integrus Architecture.</p><p>According to their website, Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Ball and Nogues originally trained as architects, and worked together for renowned architect Frank Gehry, before teaming up to establish Ball-Nogues Studio. "Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement."</p><p>The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program facilitates the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Washington. The Washington State Legislature established the AIPP program in 1974 to acquire artwork for K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies, funded by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of construction costs.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 26, 2017</p></br></br></br>Facilities Management Posting: Student Maintenance Aides, 14 Sep 2016 10:35:53<p><em><strong>Do you like working with your hands?&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Facilities Management has part-time positions available for student maintenance aides. Job duties include assisting with a variety of trades including carpentry, painting, flooring, masonry, concrete forming and finishing, roofing, and glazing.</p><p>Important qualifications are a good work ethic, listening, and communication skills.&nbsp;Experience with hand tools and working in the trades a plus. Must be eligible for student employment in the quarter in which you are working.&nbsp;</p><p>For details and to apply, go to <a href=""></a> and look for posting 671.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Summer Custodial Teams, 11 May 2015 14:08:16<p>This beautiful campus is in the hands of custodial staff. Students identify the grounds and buildings as one of the top reasons they choose Central. That makes our job one of the most important at the university. Our teamwork and dedication has truly made this campus a gem of the state and set high expectations for us all.</p><p>In order to continue this level of service, this summer FMD custodial employees will be working in teams to learn new buildings, new systems, and new skills. Approaching work in teams of three will help ensure we have the person-power and the know-how we need to be effective no matter what:<br>• no matter what building we’re in<br>• no matter how busy things get<br>• no matter if people need to take a sick day or even take a new job</p><p><strong>Time to learn new systems</strong><br>The slightly slower summer schedule gives us the opportunity to learn the secrets of each building on campus, from locating equipment storage to learning new security systems. Unbelievably, our buildings and their systems range in age from 1 to more than 100.&nbsp; If we have to fill in for someone, we might need to figure out how to get underneath the 1940s barracks that house International Studies, or know the digital code that unlocks a lab.</p><p><strong>Backing up and filling in</strong><br>Everyone has days when they’re sick and can’t come to work. From time to time, retirements and professional changes leave other positions unfilled. Regardless, there’s work to be done! Being familiar with buildings and systems other than our regular assignments means we have our co-worker’s back—and they have ours.</p><p><strong>Help handling the crowds</strong><br>CWU is a destination for students, conference, athletes, and many other groups. Ensuring top quality readiness—and a speedy recovery—will be easier if others can lend a hand when needed. Working and thinking as a team will help us help each other when the pressure is on.&nbsp; And understanding each others’ roles gives each of us a stake in upholding high standards of cleanliness, no matter what building we find ourselves in.</p><p><strong>Time for deep cleaning and project work</strong><br>Everyone has a to-do list of projects you just can’t fit into the regular work schedule. This summer our teams will attack some of the deep cleaning and project work we’ve not been able to get to during the school year.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Money in the bank means student help this fall</strong><br>Students can provide tremendous support during the academic year when demand is greatest on residence halls and academic facilities. This summer our team plan will provide additional help where it is most needed, and we’ll save enough money over the summer to hire students to lend a hand this fall.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>