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Facility Automation Services (FAS)

Manager, Facility Automation Services: Robert Mulhollem Jr, P.E.,

152F Office of Physical Plant
University Park, PA  16802-1119
Office:  (814) 863-7220   (814) 863-7220

Hours of Operation
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday


Facility Automation Services is comprised of Five distinct functions: 

  1. Facility Automation Application Engineering 
  2. Facility Automation Network Administration 
  3. Facility Automation Commissioning Services 
  4. Facility Automation Control & Communication Services 
  5. Enterprise Utility Management System


Departmental Goals

The department’s goals are to provide Facility Automation Services for all of our customers as well as automated energy related services.  Our services consist of Facility Automation engineering and documentation; installation, maintenance and repair of the FA fiber network; monitoring connected buildings from a central station; FA server and software maintenance; new product investigation and recommendations; and building commissioning services.

Mission Statement

To lead the efforts in design, maintenance, operations and monitoring of the Facility Automation Systems; identify and implement commissioning projects that maximize customer environmental satisfaction, minimizes energy usage and deliver cost-effective, reliable Facility Automation Services to the University community.


 Holiday Heat Reduction Initiative

Christmas Bell                                                                                         Christmas Bell                                                                                                Christmas Bell


In accordance with Administrative Policy AD64, each year OPP initiates a program to reduce temperatures over the Winter Holiday and Semester Break.  The initiative is backed by the University's President's Council.  Temperatures in all University non-critical facilities will be reduced to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate savings for the University.  Over the past 25 years, the University has averaged over $200,000 and 12,000 MMBTUs per year in savings.  Follow the links below for more information.

Facility Automation Services coordinates the temperature reductions over the Holiday/Semester Break period with the Facility Coordinators each year.  Comments or questions about how cooler temperatures will affect your research should be directed to your Facility Coordinator.

President Barron announced in October 2014 that Penn State had committed whole-heartedly to the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge whereby Penn State committed to reducing energy usage by 20% over the next 10 years.  The Holiday Heat Reduction initiative helps the University meet that commitment.  The Office of Physical Plant has also set stringent greenhouse gas reduction goals, whereby PSU will reduce by 35% 2005 values by 2020.  More information on how the University is doing in that regard is available on the Energy Website link below.


Holiday Heat Reduction Memo     Annual Savings     PSU Energy Reduction Target      Energy & GHG Reduction     UP Purchased Energy     UP BTU vs SF      Energy Website  



Useful Links


E&E Facility Automation Services Organizational Chart

 Program Modification Request Form



  • Raymond Beam, - Supervisor, BAS Application Engineering
  • Robert R. Krasinski, - Supervisor, BAS Services
  • Thomas E. Walker, Jr., - Supervisor, Facility Automation Network Administration
  • Gary L Persing, - Supervisor, Control & Communication Services (CCS)
  • Thomas S. Ertsgaard, PE, - Faciities Engineer 3