In February of this year, Facilities Student Helper Ian Gauger embarked on a project to redo the Facilities for Residential Life office’s mail system. New mailboxes needed to be added to accommodate new additions to facilities staff. Furthermore, all of the flimsy metal mailboxes were in desperate need of improvement in order to accommodate holding tools and other large items which they were often required to.
The process began with a number of measurements that were used to create a CAD drawing of what the new mailboxes would look like. Ian then began breaking down an old “sleigh bed”, which had been replaced by newer style beds system wide. With the help of the Operations Manager, Randy Poole, and the Building Mechanic, Chris Vath, he cut, planed, sanded, and stained the bed birch plywood backing. Ian then assembled the mailbox unit and attached a veneer made of oak from the bed’s side rails.
In total the project took two weeks to complete and provided a stylish addition and much needed organization to the office.