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Brigham Young University. Physical Plant Department



  • Existence: 1954-

Administrative History

The Physical Plant Department (1954- ) functions to coordinate the building and grounds maintenance of Brigham Young University. The Physical Plant Department, previously the Department of Buildings and Grounds, was established in 1954. The Physical Plant functions under the Physical Facilities Division and is responsible for maintaining university utilities, overseeing engineering and construction, maintaining the grounds, maintaining the buildings (including custodial services), overseeing transportation services, and administering to campus projects. Directors of the department have included Leland M. Perry (1954-1957), Sam F. Brewster (1957-1974), Fred A. Schwendiman (1974), Harold J. Anderson (1979-1986), Douglas Christensen (1986-1990), and Scott Briggs (1990- ).

Brigham Young University, Dept. of Physical Plant, photo album, ca. 1962-1967: p. 11 of dedicatory program, 1962, at beginning of album (Physical Plant Department at B.Y.U.)

Brigham Young University organizational history, via WWW, Jan. 24, 2012 (Physical Plant Dept.; est. 1954; previously known as the Department of Buildings and Grounds; responsible for maintaining university utilities, engineering, grounds keeping, construction, maintenance, custodial, transportation; directors included Leland M. Perry (1954-1957), Sam F. Brewster (1957-1974), Fred A. Schwendiman (1974), Harold J. Anderson (1979-1986), Douglas Christensen (1986-1990), and Scott Briggs (1990- ))

Found in 111 Collections and/or Records:

Physical Plant Department architectural drawings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5382
Scope and Contents

Contains architectural plans and designs for buildings and physical facilities on campus. Materials include plans for the Harris Fine Arts Center, the Joseph Smith Building (with revised and remodeled versions), a key drawing for the Maeser Memorial Building, a red line print set "as built" for the Mathematical Science and Computer Building, and plans of BYU heating and the Physical Plant. Materials are on paper and acetate.

Dates: 1909-1969

Physical Plant Department budget records, 1947-1979

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1330 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains budget and accounting records including maintenance and operation status reports, proposals, Director's office records, grounds budget, policies and procedures, requisitions, facility improvements, requests, special project records, expenditures, and purchasing committee reports, 1947-1979.

Dates: 1947-1979

Physical Plant Department building inventories

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197230187624]
Identifier: UA 1100
Scope and Contents

Contains copies of building inventories produced by the Physical Plant Department of Brigham Young University. The inventories list the buildings on campus and some information about them. Materials date from 1984, 1992 to 1996, 2004 to 2005, and 2009.

Dates: 1984-2009

Physical Plant Department building program requirements records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 955
Scope and Contents

Consists of the building program requirements for a number of campus additions and remodels. Information consists of space requirements summaries, cost guidelines, justification for the construction of a new building or remodel of an existing structure, approvals, and special considerations.

Dates: 1972-2006

Physical Plant Department chronological correspondence, 1947-1976

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1330 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from the Physical Plant Department, including inter-campus mail, inter-office mail, date files, morning reports, weekly progress reports, and memos. Included are Sam Brewster's director files of chronological correspondence, 1947-1976.

Dates: 1947-1976

Physical Plant Department collection of campus facilities histories

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1216
Scope and Contents

Contains multiple scrapbooks/building histories documenting the history of the physical facilities of Brigham Young University up through the 1980s. The collection also contains a few newspaper clippings concerning the Physical Plant Department from 1978-2004. Many of the items were produced by Ephraim Hatch.

Dates: 1875-2004

Physical Plant Department correspondence, 1947-1978

Identifier: UA 1330 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence in the form of inter-campus mail and memos, date files, and morning reports. Correspondence covers topics including campus planning, fire and safety, security, policy, and architects, 1956-1980.

Dates: 1947-1978

Physical Plant Department director audiocassettes, approximately 1960-1980

 Series — Box 49: Series 8 [Barcode: 31197232580024]
Identifier: UA 1330 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Contains audiocassettes from the director's office of the Physical Plant Department. Includes audiocassettes of songs and views of South Pacific, a devotional from Gordon B. Hinckley, and tapes of people such as Paul Knapp, George Moore, Darrell Monson, Frank Briogens, and others. Materials date from between approximately 1960 and 1980.

Dates: approximately 1960-1980

Physical Plant Department general files, 1947-1987

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1330 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains general files from the Physical Plant Department including, records, histories, contracts, building documents, and other information from college sites such as, Brigham Young University, BYU-Hawaii, LDS Business College, Ogden Center, Ricks College, Weber College, and University of Utah. Materials dated from 1954 to 1976.

Dates: 1947-1987

Physical Plant Department minutes, 1959-1980

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1330 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes and annual reports from the Physical Plant Department. Minutes include records on special meetings, campus planning, central heating, faculty, staff meeting materials, the executive committee, job meetings, staff reports, traffic, and utilities. Annual reports cover a 1976 accreditation study, conferences and groups, an annual safety report, and custodial records, 1959-1980.

Dates: 1959-1980

Additional filters:

Archival Object 94
Collection 16
Digital Record 1
College buildings -- Utah -- Provo 62
Facility management -- Utah -- Provo 62
Specifications 44
Letters 36
Memorandums 33
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Colleges and Universities 24
Education 24
Photographs 23
Contracts 20
College campuses -- Utah -- Provo 18
Reports 15
Campus planning -- Utah -- Provo 13
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 11
Awards 9
Plaques, plaquettes 9
Speeches, addresses, etc., American 9
Universities and colleges -- Security measures -- Utah -- Provo 9
Blueprints 8
Provo (Utah) 8
Budgets 7
Maps 7
Financial records 5
Latter Day Saint temples 5
Minutes (Records) 5
Negatives 5
Photograph albums 5
Slides (Photography) 5
Proposals 4
Schedules (Time plans) 4
Universities and colleges -- Utah -- Provo -- Safety measures 4
Architectural drawings 3
Annual reports 2
College buildings -- Utah -- Provo -- Design and construction 2
College buildings -- Utah -- Provo -- Photographs 2
Dormitories -- Utah -- Provo 2
Drawings 2
Files (Records) 2
Heating -- Utah -- Provo 2
Scrapbooks 2
Aerial photographs 1
Agreements 1
Architecture 1
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 1
Audiocassettes 1
Autobiographies 1
Buildings, structures, etc. -- Provo (Utah) 1
Business records 1
Carillons -- Utah -- Provo 1
Checks 1
City planning -- Utah -- Provo 1
College buildings -- Utah -- Provo -- Design and construction -- Photographs 1
College campuses -- Utah -- Provo -- Photographs 1
Dedication services -- Utah -- Provo 1
Facility management 1
Inventories 1
Landscape architecture 1
Latter Day Saint men -- Biography 1
Legal instruments 1
Lists 1
Maintenance 1
Phillips Lane (Provo, Utah) 1
Photocopies 1
Publications 1
Relief models 1
Stadiums -- Utah -- Provo 1
Student housing -- Utah -- Provo 1
Tunnels -- Design and construction 1
Universities and colleges -- Security measures 1
Universities and colleges -- Utah -- Provo -- Administration 1
Universities and colleges -- Utah -- Provo -- Faculty 1
Wrecking -- Utah -- Provo 1
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