Fonds UBCA-ARC-1235 - Physical Plant fonds

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Physical Plant fonds

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1.95 m of textual records.

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The Office of Physical Plant, responsible for engineering, maintenance, and planning on the University campus, was established in 1967. Previously, since 1943 these had been the responsibility of a Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds within the Bursar's Office and later the Dean of Administrative and Financial Services. Physical Plant was organized in four divisions, reflecting its responsibilities, in 1969: Operations and Maintenance, Design and Planning, New Construction, and Administrative Services. In the 1980s it was re-organized, with two departments, Plant Operations (1989-1997) and Plant (later Physical) Design and Construction, under the Director of Physical Plant. The two departments were further separated in 1988. Physical Design and Construction merged with Facilities Planning and this operation was renamed Campus and Community Planning in 2001. Plant Operations was eventually absorbed into Land and Building Services.

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The fonds consists of reports and studies generated by Physical Plant and/or Plant Operations for various buildings and facilities between 1968 and 1983, and correspondence, reports, committee minutes, and published materials from UBC Utilities 1958-2001. The records in this fonds relate to both Physical Plant and its later title Land and Building Services.

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Acquired in several accruals, in 1986, 2006, and 2010, from Plant Operations and Utilities. In addition, box 13 was accessioned in March 2022 from UBC Energies and Water Utilities; records in this accrual relate to the unit when it was titled Physical Plant, and records date 1958-1970.


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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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Please also see the Land And Building Services (LBS) fonds. Other related documents can be found in the fonds of Campus Planning and Development, Institutional Analysis and Planning, Office of Budget and Planning, and the Department of Facilities Planning sous-fonds.


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