Leading the Way in Custodial Innovation 

Custodial Services at Facilities Management (FM) has made many notable improvements to its operations this year and is looking ahead to how they can lead the way in cleaning innovations. This team is always looking for opportunities to serve our customers better, and these advances are evidence of that. 

Employee Spotlight: Khambai Keophaxai

This month, we had the pleasure of catching up with Khambai Keophoxai, a swing shift Custodial Supervisor. Khambai began her journey with Facilities Management (FM) five years ago as a temp, then moved up to a Lead Custodian. She is a prime example of the growth opportunities available at FM! 

Student Spotlight: Allison Riley

Utilities & Engineering welcomed four new students to the Green Buildings Team this fall. One of those students is Allison Riley, a third-year Mechanical Engineering major and Statistics minor. Though she is new to the team, her passion for environmental sustainability has been with her for years. Because of her enthusiasm for sustainability, she is excited to show up every day, knowing her efforts positively impact the campus community.  

Employee Spotlight: Ben Griffin

This month, we are highlighting Ben Griffin of the Building Maintenance Services (BMS) Ventilation Shop. Ben has been the Ventilation Supervisor for over a decade and with Facilities Management (FM) for 35 years! He worked six years as a laborer, seven as a ventilation mechanic, 10 with night operations and 12 in his current role. It’s safe to say that Ben knows his way around FM operations. 

Student Spotlight: Yi "Anna" Xie

This month, we welcome the newest face of Operations Support, Anna Xie. Anna is a fourth-year Art History and Communication double major! Despite only starting with Facilities Management (FM) this fall, Anna has already brought innovative ideas to internal and external communications.

Employee Spotlight: Petar Grujich

Meet Energy & Engineering’s Control Engineer, Petar Grujich! Petar has been with Facilities Management (FM) since 2017, when he was selected to join the Energy and Engineering team after working as a construction technician for Siemens Automation Company.  

Student Spotlight: Jesus "Chuy" Reyes

This month, we are highlighting Fleet Services’ Student Attendant, Jesus “Chuy” Reyes. He is a fifth-year Material Science and Technology major while working at FM. Chuy has been with Fleet Services for five months and loves working hands-on with cars.

As a Student Attendant, Chuy maintains the cars in Fleet by filling up gas tanks, vacuuming, cleaning interiors, and checking fluids and tire pressure. Occasionally, he picks up tools for the mechanics or visits vehicle dealerships to transport any serviced cars.

R.I.S.E Proposal Launches an Enterprising Solution

Facilities Management (FM) leadership launched the R.I.S.E. (Recognizing Innovative Solutions by Employees) program, encouraging our staff to create innovative solutions to improve efficiencies, decrease costs, and enhance customer satisfaction. Read more about this exciting program and a recent proposal.