Facilities Committee

"MIT and the Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG) expect that all FSILG houses will be safe, secure, clean, comfortable, conducive to learning, proactively managed, and appropriately inspected and licensed."

PURPOSE: The AILG Facilities committee provides assistance to houses in meeting their facilities-related responsibilities. Some of those responsibilities are summarized as Facilities Management: Expectations and Baseline Practices. One flagship effort of the Facilities Committee is the SLI (Safety, Licensing, and Inspections) Program, which assists houses in matters relating to their municipal licenses and inspections. Another is the recent Facilities Assessment Program, an ongoing professional engineering evaluation of all houses with respect to their immediate and long-term physical needs regarding infrastucture and safety. 

NOTICE to Boston Houses, July 2018: The City of Boston has a new procedure for inspecting Boston FSILGs. Each house must have appropriate completed documentation before a inspection can be scheduled. HERE is  the Current Boston ISD Checklist; please make sure all items are complete before scheduling a visit with Tom Stohlman (bsf@mit.edu), the AILG Building Safety Facilitator.

The committee’s key current goals include:

  • Develop ServeSafe training for Cambridge food handling licensing.
  • Restart House Manager 101 training in some form.
  • Review roof deck applications.
  • Improve web access to roof deck and other guidelines, such as recommendations for door locks.
  • Continue Safety Inspections and related document tracking. Emphasize general cleanliness and egress.

POLICIES AND GUIDES. Here is a list of current Policies and Resources for AILG member organizations:

The above items resulted from initiatives from the FSILG Strategic Plan and issues raised by the City of Boston. Tom Stohlman, the Building Safety Facilitator (BSF), is an MIT-trained architect and a key resource for help on any of the above items. He can be reached at tstohlman@alum.mit.edu.

PLANNING TOOLS. Here are some of the tools developed as part of the FSILG Strategic Plan:
DRAFT RFP for FSILG Capital Needs Assessments (PDF)
FSILG Property Management matrix v5 (Excel)
FSILG House Capital Reserve Analysis – generic (Excel)
For questions on the first item, contact Steve Baker (sbaker@alum.mit.edu),  for the second contact Peter Cooper (pcooper@alum.mit.edu), and for the third contact Ernie Sabine (esabine@alum.mit.edu). In each FSILG’s FCI locker, there is a Capital Reserve Analysis, populated with the FSILG’s most recent data. Finally, there are more details about day-to-day house operation described in the 2010 House Manager’s Manual (formerly distributed during AILG “HM101″ classes).

COMMITTEE. Here is a collection of community (i.e. to mitailg@mit.edu) communications and newspaper articles on the Assembly Occupancy issue.

New volunteers are always welcome. The Facilities Committee meetings for Fall 2018 are in W20-020a, from 8-9am. The first meeting will be on September 6.

Notes from previous meetings can be found below:

January 9, 2019 (notes), December 18, 2018 (notes), November 28, 2018 (notes), November 7, 2018 (notes), October 24, 2018 (notes), October 3, 2018 (notes), August 7, 2018 (notes), September 21, 2016 (notes), August 10, 2016 (notes), July 13, 2016 (notes), May 13, 2016 (notes) , April 20, 2016 (notes), March 9, 2016  (notes), February 17, 2016 (notes), January 13, 2016 (notes), December 9, 2015 (notes), November 18, 2015 (notes), October 21, 2015 (notes), September 30, 2015 (notes) and August 12, 2015 (notes)

Facilities Committee - Larry Stabile, Chair: lstabile@alum.mit.edu