Buildings Office

Office Description

The Buildings Office in association with the Capital Projects Office, General Services and the Heritage Office, is a constituent part of the Office of Buildings and Estates. The Buildings Office is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the University's physical infrastructure of buildings, engineering services, grounds and the voice telephony network.

Paul Prendergast, Buildings Officer, leads a team of operative, craft, administrative, technical and supervisory staff totalling 50 personnel.

The buildings office is responsible for the management and maintenance of 143,000m 2 (1.5m sq ft) of buildings, 30 hectares of grounds and property and approximately 120 individual buildings sited at over 20 locations (2002 figures).

Mission Statement
"To provide best practice solutions to the management of the University's physical infrastructure, to ensure preservation of the physical assets, in support of the University's core functions of teaching and research"

This mission is achieved by the following goals/objectives:

  • Maintenance of the University's physical infrastructure of estates, buildings, engineering services and voice telephony networks, within available resources, to ensure minimum disruption to the colleges' core business of teaching and research. 
  • Upgrading the infrastructure as necessary to compliment the University's physical development. 
  • Provision of a service for the efficient and cost effective delivery of non-maintenance and minor capital works required by the University. 
  • Management of the externally provided utility services to ensure continuity of service and minimum disruption to the University's activities.

Functional Areas

The Buildings Office is divided into seven functional areas as follows:


AreaHead of Function Functions 
Buildings Maintenance Ross O' Donovan  Building Fabric Maintenance including Roofing, Flooring, External facades, Interiors, Windows, Decoration etc. Construction Management of minor works and refurbishment projects in accordance with Health & Safety, Procurement and other relevant requirements.
Engineering Services Maintenance Kevin O' Regan  Electrical and Mechanical services maintenance, Electricity, Gas, Water, Steam, Heating. Air-Conditioning etc. Construction Management of maintenance projects in accordance with Health & Safety, Procurement and other relevant requirements.
Grounds Maintenance Barrie Curley  Grass cutting, estates management, waste management, external bins, sweeping of paving etc.
Telecommunications (Voice telephony network maintenance)

Pat Mehigan

Voice telephony network management including installation of new phones and fax machines and enhancement of services.
Provision of a minor works and refurbishment service to requesting service Paul Williams Provision of a minor works and refurbishment service to University Academic departments. Planning, specifying, pricing, tendering and managing works in accordance with health & Safety, procurement and other relevant requirements at the request of departments. 
External Utility Service Management  Pat Mehigan Procuring, managing service providers, increasing load etc. 
Development of the physical infrastructure to match increasing demand Cross Functional Role This responsibility is shared with the Projects office - and involves ensuring capacity of engineering services, supply and distribution systems are adequate to meet current and future demand.

Buildings Office Staff

Paul Prendergast Buildings Officer 021 4902380
Oliver Cunningham Maintenance Helpdesk 021 4902480

Michelle McCarthy

PA to Buildings Officer (Maternity Leave) 021 4903480
Emily Delaney

Assistant to Buildings Officer

021 4903480  

Kevin O'Regan

Superintendent of Engineering Sciences

021 4902460

William Toomey

Assistant to Superintendent of Engineering Sciences

021 4901893

Tony Carey Supervisor of Engineering Services 021 4903939
Ger O'Sullivan Facilities Co-ordinator 021 4901888
Ross O' Donovan Buildings Maintenance Manager 021 4903766
Paul Geeleher  Assistant to Buildings Maintenance Manager 021 4903194
Pat Quinn  Acting Supervisor of Buildings  021 4901884
Paul Williams Maintenance Co-ordinator  021 4902814 
Pat Mehigan Energy & Utilies Manager 021 4902600
Siobhan Hackett Assistant (Energy/Telecoms) 021 4205207
Eddie McCarthy Telecoms 021 4902701
Pat Murphy Buildings Systems Foreperson 021 4902717
Aidan O'Dwyer Services Co-ordinator  021 4902298
Barrie Curley Estates Administrator 021 4902949

Michael O' Sullivan 

Draughtsperson 021 4903788 

Imelda Sheehan

Administration B&E Facilities 021 4903736 
Michael Holland Heritage Services - Curator 021 4903554



CarpentersPosition Tel 
Con Murphy Foreman Carpenter 021 4903666 
Paul O'Connor Carpenter 021 4903666
Joe Gorman Carpenter 021 4903666


Dan O'Hanlon Foreman Operative 021 4902217
Garry Ball Operative 021 4902217 
Dominic McCloskey Operative 021 4902217
Tony Cooke Operative 021 4902217
Mark Towler Operative 021 4902217
 Seamus Dinan Operative 021 4902217


Gary O' Connell Foreman 021 4902429
Kieran Ronan Electrician 021 4902429
John Varian Electrician 021 4902429
Steven Hawkes Electrician 021 4902429
John Punch Electrician 021 4902429


Philip Hogan Formean Painter 021 4903660


Kieran Murphy Mechanical Foreperson 021 4902527
Jim Hawkes Boilerhouse Operative 021 4902303
Kevin McCarthy Plumber 021 4902527
Colin O'Brien Plumber 021 4902527

Grounds Staff

Grounds StaffPosition Tel 
John Murphy Grounds Foreperson 021 4905150
Noreen O' Sullivan Gardener 021 4905150
Ger Creedon Gardener 021 4905150
Pat Hallinan Operative  021 4905150

Western Campus (Brookfield/Western Gateway Building)Staff

Eamonn Connaughton Facilities Manager 4205801/5801 086-2304099
Adrian Downey Facilities Foreperson Western Gateway 4205802/5802 087-6485559
Donal O' Riordan Facilities Foreperson Brookfield 4201494/1494 087-9127509
Peter O'Hanlon Facilities Engineer 4205803/5803  
Teresa O' Callaghan General Services Supervisor 4201632/1632 086-8033493
Carol Cashman Assistant to Facilities Manager 4901567/1567  
Kieran Bowden Security and Services Operative 1501/5800 086-8338755 (Brookfield)
Aileen Crowley Security and Services Operative 1501/5800 086-7807041 (Western Gateway)
John Fahy Security and Services Operative 1501/5800  
Bill O'Grady Security and Services Operative 1501/5800  
Noel Cahill Security and Services Operative 1501/5800  
Elaine Barry Security and Services Operative 1501/5800  
Sean Lynn Security and Services Operative 1501/5800  
John McCarthy Security and Services Operative 1501/5800  

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork