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New Digs, Location for Central Services


Central Services' soon-to-be-former location, 84 Green St.

Come January, don’t walk down Green Street looking for Central Services anymore. Following the holiday break, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 2 and 3, Central Services will move its operation to the Physical Plant.

The department will discontinue its printing services during those two days while it relocates, but will continue postage and mailing services during the move. As of Jan. 4, it will resume printing in its new location in the Central Stores section of the Physical Plant building at 126 West St. A new, larger space is nearing completion there.

The move from the current location at 84 Green St. will make way for the construction of Ford Hall, the new building for engineering and the sciences.

Donna Plassman sorts the daily mail

The Central Services Four (l to r): Rita Biddle, Plassman, Chris Gentes, Petrie

As a result of the move, Laurie Petrie, operations supervisor at Central Services, expects a reduction in the foot traffic to her department, she says, and an increase in printing orders submitted by mail and e-mail.

“I think it’s going to really increase campus mail,” she said, “because people won’t be walking down here. And I think we’ll get more printing orders electronically,” such as by e-mail.

To accommodate the increased mailings, Central Services is installing two additional campus mail drop boxes in the Campus Center and at Neilson Library. Also, in anticipation of those who drive to Central Services’ new location, short-term parking will be available in the parking lot on the west side of the Physical Plant building, near the handicap entrance, Petrie said.

While it is further away from central campus, the new Central Services location offers ample space for organizing printing and copying machines in one area -- as opposed to its present location, which divides the printing operation into two main areas, Petrie says.

By car, e-mail, campus mail or on foot, Central Services orders now go a couple blocks to the southwest. “Central Services isn’t central anymore,” noted Petrie with a laugh.

12/18/06   Eric Sean Weld
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