If you haven't had the pleasure of fetching something from the Facilities Store, you've been missing out. I first encountered this place about 6 months ago while running errands for a student group. The Facilities Store is the place where all student groups, departments, offices, etc on campus get their maintenance supplies. A student employee walked me around and told me that they need a place like this on campus because "going to Home Depot every time you need a light bulb or battery isn't cheap". Then we started talking about inventory. I mentioned that I had done inventory in an automotive parts department a couple years ago; it took days with twenty people. He said that it takes about that long at the store, and counting every tiny part is tedious. It surprised me that the store is primarily analog, and inventories are transcribed from handwritten customer orders.
The original alibi I used to get behind the desk was to grad some recycled architecture board. I awkwardly shuffled through the piles of board without knowing what I was trying to find. We talked about the sketches that we found, and laughed about how the library is shaped like a space ship (see bottom pic). I grabbed two boards and went my way.
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