Community Education

Customer Experience is a Hub of Activity!

All work orders and follow-up information flow through the Customer Experience Center. You can feel the charge in the air from all of the moving parts being put into place as this group takes information from customers and ensures it goes to the right technician quickly. Read more about what this team has been up to.

Saving cool cash on hot days

An academic collaboration with UC Davis Chemical Engineering (Process Systems Engineering) results in an algorithm that optimizes chiller deployment. As a result, the university improves its green energy use and saves money. Interested in the details? Learn more in the published research article.

Safety Campaign 2022 - My Safety "Why"

"I work with safety on my mind so I can spend quality time with family; not laid up having them take care of you," says Mike Campos, HVAC Controls Supervisor.  Facilities Management (FM) leadership is serious about safety and applauds staff for using safe practices. Utilizing our safe-minded staff such as Mike, input from Allen Tollefson, AVC Facilities Management, along with a team of staff, FM is excited to launch a new safety campaign in 2022! This campaign will highlight that safety is a top priority for FM staff using direct quotes and pictures from our staff! FM staff will be interviewed to understand your "why" you are safe at work. Stay tuned for more information on the FM Safety Campaign 2022 in the upcoming months.

CA Fires Alter Daily Work - Keeping Staff Safe

The Camp Fire of 2018, burning 153,336 acres, changed lives and how California communities respond to wildfire and smoke events. Although Davis is located a little over 100 miles south of the origin of this fire, this was a historical event for UC Davis as the smoke from this fire impeded our daily operations. Read about the safety measures that we implemented to prepare us for future events.

Business Partner Spotlight: Irina Skiba

Irina Skiba is the Assistant Director of Business Operations and has been with UC Davis since August 2019. Quickly learning her position in the middle of COVID-19 Pandemic, Irina has become a considerable asset to Facilities Management (FM) during this time!

Explore Energy and Engineering Virtual Tours!

Joshua Morejohn, Campus Energy Manager, and Kiernan Salmon, Energy Feedback Product Developer for Facilities Management Energy & Engineering, had considered creating virtual tours of some of the Facilities Management systems but were waiting for a good reason to do so.

Word of the Month: Plug Loads & Vampire Loads

Plug Loads & Vampire Loads

A plug load consists of one or more devices plugged into an outlet or power strip. Vampire loads (also known as phantom plug loads) secretly drain electricity when an electronic device is turned off, but still plugged into an outlet.

A phone charger plugged into a wall without a phone connected to it still consumes a small, but continuous amount of electricity. Coffee makers, toasters, and printers also consume energy when plugged in, even when the devices themselves are turned off.