Louisiana State University at Alexandria
As a community-based, open-admission college, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) is growing rapidly. Enrollment has increased by more than fourteen (14%) percent during each of the last three semesters. Jerry Bell, director of Physical Plant at LSUA, is responsible for managing the university’s 300,000 gross square feet of facilities.
“With the number of maintenance challenges we face on a daily basis and considering our current growth, we quickly realized that implementing software to direct our activities and operations staff would help us immensely,” says Bell. “We chose Austin, Texas-based MicroMain to help us implement technology that would manage maintenance efforts across the entire campus.”
Bell is pleased with the results—a centralized maintenance operations database. “We can now issue work orders automatically and track all facility assets, histories and details like warranties and service contracts,” says Bell. “Our preventive maintenance tasks are scheduled and tracked, helping us save labor, time and money.
“We have a lot going on here at LSUA and, like a lot of campuses, we have a hard time keeping up with maintenance demands. The company helps us keep track of what is going on in operations and maintenance. We know what needs to be done and when.”
Bell’s challenges are not over. LSUA has been granted initial approval to offer baccalaureate degrees, expected to increase enrollment even more through the next year.
“In helping us manage a system that is already understaffed and operating at capacity, the company will play an even larger role as we meet the challenges associated with the change to four-year status,” says Bell. “I’m confident that together, we will meet the challenge.”