Facility Maintenance and Planning Services

Our Work

Case Study: Re-Building Cincinnati Public Schools, CPS Facilities Master Plan

FMPS is most proud of our participation in the complete replacement and renovation of all the school buildings for Cincinnati Public Schools. As the Facilities Director for Cincinnati Public Schools, Michael Burson was the chief district administrator for the project. The plan, which included 50 projects, cost $1.17 billion dollars, and was completed in 2013 after getting approval of the taxpayers in 2003. With 23 LEED registered schools, this plan has been transformative for the district and the 52 neighborhoods it serves. While this was a major architectural and construction achievement, building community partnerships to provide medical and extended day services has made Cincinnati a model for what schools need to be successful today. The educational planner on the Master Architect team of URS/DNK had the vision to include a Pre-school classroom in every elementary building even before the community voted to fund pre-school through the district in 2016.

Case Study: Renovating Historic Buildings

FMPS has spent the last 40 years fixing and restoring buildings built from 1860 to today. This includes maintaining historic Cincinnati City Hall (1893), stopping leaks through the walls of 30-year old buildings at University Hospital, to the gutting and complete renovation of 13 historic schools built in the 1910-20’s.

The restoration and renovation of Cincinnati Union Terminal is the most significant restoration experience of my career. Opened in 1933, Union Terminal is a stunning example of Art Deco style and unique utilitarian design. I had the opportunity to work with an incredible project team that completed the work on time and on budget. GBBN was the Architect of Record, joined by John G Waite Associates, Arup, THP Limited, Silman Associates, Heapy and Turner Construction was the Construction Manager. Ellington Management Services provided tracking of MBE/WBE participation, and minority and women workforce hours.

The Owner’s team, Jill Berkemeier, Elizabeth Pierce and the Union Terminal Corporation Board let me know I had their confidence. In addition to typical responsibilities for an Owner’s Rep, this project required our managing negotiations to temporarily relocate the Amtrak station. We also needed to negotiate arrangements with CSX to complete work on the western portion of the building.

Union Terminal is obviously an architectural gem but more importantly to so many Cincinnatians, in fact people all over, have an emotional connection to it. Its emotional appeal is ever present, inspiring everyone to do their best work!

Case Study: The Shelterhouse

The Drop Inn Center was founded in 1973 to serve Cincinnati's homeless men and women. As part of the "Homeless to Homes Plan" adopted by Cincinnati City Council, The Drop Inn Center, now operated as The Shelterhouse, with public and private support, moved into the new Esther Marie Hatton Center for Wormen and the David & Rebecca Baron Center for Men in 2015. FMPS served as a special advisor to the executive director managing the construction and move-in for these 2 facilities and assisted with maintenance and operations plans for the homeless centers. Visit The Shelterhouse web site for more information and photos of these buildings.

The Shelterhouse

Case Study: Places of Worship

Facility Management & Planning Services has assisted 2 churches in Cincinnati with their maintenance needs. Turning Point Ministries recently acquired a new church with an occupied school attached.