New Building for Physical Plant Operations Dedicated
Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009 [6:01 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- After working at Lindsey
Wilson College for almost 40 years, Garry Coomer has a new office.
Coomer, who has worked in the LWC Physical Plant Operations
since April 1971, helped cut the ribbon Thursday morning and
dedicate the college's newest building -- a 6,000-square-foot
physical plant building.
Pictures from the dedication
Located on Wheeler Street on the southern edge of the A.P. White
Campus, the building was constructed in 58 working days, mostly by
the college's plant employees. Plant's former building, which it
had occupied since 1988, is now the home to the college's
"I want to express profound appreciation for the people who will
be occupying this facility," Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. said at an
outdoor ceremony that featured a steady rain.
LWC's plant personnel -- which include maintenance and
housekeeping -- maintain more than 500,000 square feet of floor
space scattered over a 200-acre campus.
Luckey said because of the 42 individuals who compose the
college's physical plant, Lindsey Wilson has not been forced to
join the growing numbers of colleges and universities who have
outsourced their plant work. That saves the college money, which
can be applied to increasing scholarships for students.
"Most colleges and universities are contracting out their
bookstore, they're contracting out their food service and their
housekeeping and their maintenance," Luckey said. "But then other
colleges … don't have this staff."
"Our pledge to the administration and trustees is that we hope
to be an integral part of the growth here, and we also want to use
this facility to continue the fulfillment of the mission," Newton
As LWC Chancellor John B. Begley noted in his remarks,
the college's plant employees play a vital role in carrying out the
"They deserve to be blessed for the pride they take in their
work as they clean and maintain our building and as they care for
our campus grounds," Begley said. "They deserve to be blessed for
their kind and gentle spirit and the way they carry out our mission
of helping every student, every day, learn and grow and made to
feel like a real human being."