Big Plant On Campus
Already one of the country's largest in-plants, Louisiana State University's Graphic and Mailing Services just got bigger, with a new facility and expanded capabilities.
Louisiana State University's Graphic and Mailing Services never need worry about a shortage of customers. The Baton Rouge-based in-plant exists on a campus full of faculty and staff who are obligated to use its copying, printing and mailing services.
Still, Michael K. Loyd, director, is not content with a captive customer base. He wants to be the university's preferred—not mandatory—printer.
"Although departments must come to us, we would like to be their printer of choice," he says. "We want to serve our university."
Serving the university has meant looking for new ways to implement graphic arts and mailing services. Loyd has strived to pinpoint, then satisfy, untapped demands.
Unfortunately, cramped quarters had put boundaries on Loyd's vision. Until very recently, campus mailing services shared a building with the Student Union, leaving little room for growth, while bulk mailing services took up space at the main printing plant. Likewise, Graphic Services' copying centers were confined to three small offices.
When the Student Union announced expansion plans, Loyd was happy to remove campus mailing services from the premises. In fact, he even closed down the copy centers and combined them with bulk and campus mailing in a new location: a vacated two-story building. The new facility, which opened last month, is now known as The Copy and Mail Center.
Thus far, the center only occupies the downstairs—or 10,000 of the building's total 20,000 square feet. Even so, Graphic and Mailing Services now has more room than ever. Previously, campus mailing was squeezed into a 1,500-square-foot office, while the main copy center had to get by with 2,500 square feet.
"There was no room to expand in the old facilities," Loyd points out. "Before, it was like, 'This is what we do, period.' Now we have excess space, so we can move into new services."