Physical Plant - Building Equipment vs Departmental Equipment

Building Equipment vs Departmental Equipment

Building equipment is defined as equipment that is permanently installed as a part of a building that would be required by any user of a different nature and would be left behind if the assigned department moved out.  Department equipment includes all movable equipment and furnishings, and any special equipment or systems, whether permanently installed or not, that would not be required by other users of a different nature.  Physical Plant Services is budgeted to maintain building equipment only.  It shall be the responsibility of the department or institution to provide funding for all maintenance and repairs to department equipment.

Examples of Building Equipment:

  • General purpose lighting
  • Exit lights
  • General building HVAC systems
  • Building exterior elements such as roofs, windows, doors, etc.
  • General door hardware including door closers
  • Building plumbing systems
  • Water fountains
  • Boilers
  • Water heaters
  • Restroom fixtures
  • Fire alarm system
  • Fire protection system
  • Elevators
  • Master clock system, bell tower and clocks in classrooms and student study areas
  • General building electrical systems
  • General building signage
  • General classroom marker boards
  • Air compressors for building pneumatic controls
  • Building backflow preventers
  • Street lights and side walk lights

Examples of Department Equipment:

  • Special purpose lighting and lighting controls such as gallery lighting in CSWS; stage lighting in Concert Hall and Theatre, display cases, etc.
  • Security systems
  • Access systems
  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Walk-in coolers and cold rooms
  • Food service equipment including ovens, grills, hoods, dish returns, dish washing machines, etc.
  • Window blinds or shades
  • Department and non-classroom marker boards
  • Department specific signage
  • Display cases
  • Specialized electrical circuits, equipment, controls, power conditioners, UPS, emergency generators, etc.
  • Additional electrical outlets
  • Stills, RO systems, deionization systems, water softeners
  • Autoclaves, sterilizers, cage washers
  • Kilns, firing ovens
  • Dust collection systems
  • Grease and sediment traps
  • Bio-safety cabinets
  • Cooling systems for IT closets or other specialized cooling systems
  • Clocks in offices, conference rooms and department spaces
  • Hanging mats (gym)
  • Basketball goals, hanging curtains, climbing wall, exercise equipment, etc. – Student Life Center
  • Air compressors for lab or shop air
  • Department equipment specific backflow prevents