Campus Refresh Program

Putting Our Best Face Forward

Javier Urdiales outside Robbins Hall

Painter Javier Urdiales outside the refreshed entrance to Robbins Hall.

After successfully completing a pilot project sprucing up building exteriors and first-floor common areas at Rock Hall, Wellman Hall, and Robbins Hall; Facilities Management and Grounds is bringing the Refresh Program to another 75 buildings in the campus core over the next three years.

“The Refresh Program is all about putting our best face forward, greeting prospective students, staff and faculty with buildings that look like what you expect to see at a world-class university,” said John Zertuche, structural superintendent in Facilities Management.

The Refresh Program aims to build upon and preserve UC Davis’ beauty through deep cleaning, repairs and maintenance to core campus buildings on a three-year cycle. With more eyes on UC Davis than ever before, refreshing our centers of teaching and research is vital to growing student numbers and attracting talented faculty and staff. 

What Does a Refresh Look Like?


Year one target buildings. Click to view annual project areas (.pdf)

Custodians, painters, flooring installers and often groundskeepers, will refresh 75 of the largest campus buildings by washing exterior windows, painting and scrubbing, and cutting away overgrowth; remedying years of wear and tear. Designated crews will tackle high-traffic areas, including main entrance exteriors, building lobbies, main hallways, and all building elevator lobbies and public restrooms. To meet the exacting timeline required to refresh 75 core campus buildings every three years, workers plan to finish two buildings each month; likely one smaller and one larger building. “Buildings housing teaching spaces, like lecture halls, tend to see the most foot traffic and will likely need the most work,” said Zertuche, “but we’ll minimize impacts to the campus by scheduling the work when foot and vehicular traffic around the buildings is low.”

Installation of a handrail at Robbins Hall to improve access for persons with disabilities. 

Facilities Management took what it learned from the pilot project to determine the scope of work needed to refresh buildings as well as the order buildings will receive treatments during year one.  While completing this pilot, Facilities Management also started investigating ways to bring the Refresh Program deeper into facilities, like into labs and offices, and how to continually maintain these spaces at a high standard.  

Year One Refresh Schedule


Month 1

Hart Hall

Sproul Hall

Month 2

Music Building

Art Building

Wright Hall

Month 3

Hickey Gym

Parsons Seed

Month 4

Hunt Hall 

Veihmeyer Hall

Month 5

Plant & Environmental Science

Robbins Annex

Month 6

Kerr Hall

Wickson Hall

Month 7

Shields Library

Student Community Center

Month 8

Olson Hall 

School of Education

Month 9

Voorhies Hall

South Hall

Month 10

North Hall 

Dutton Hall

Month 11

Young Hall 

Social Sciences & Humanities

Refresh Scope of Work

Facilities Management is adjusting its normal maintenance operations to help keep buildings looking fresh in the years before they see their next refresh, which includes the following scope.

Building entrances and exterior corridors
  • Wash and clean structure, exterior entrance windows, and exterior lights
  • Patch and paint as needed
  • Maintain landscaping and repair benches
  • Replace worn door mats
  • Identify and perform any building-specific needs (e.g., repair deck railing, ADA access issues, etc.) 
Building lobbies
  • Wax major hallways on first floor
  • Touch-up paint throughout
  • Replace worn entry mats
  • Remove cobwebs, wipe down lights and clean or replace air registers
  • Replace burned out lights
  • Repair wood paneling and baseboards
  • Install door kick plates where needed
Elevator lobbies - all floors
Apply touch-up paint and install corner guards as needed
Public restrooms - all floors
  • Paint
  • Deep cleaning and detailing
  • Replace flooring as needed
Main stairwells

Deep clean, dust and paint as needed