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.  

Uncovering Energy Savings at Vet Med 3A MPT

A team effort between the Energy & Engineering team, and Building Maintenance Services (BMS) shops for sheet metal, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical created a big win at the Vet Med 3A Multipurpose Teaching (MPT) facility. In May 2022, along with BMS, the Energy & Engineering team discovered a maintenance issue with parts of the air handling units (AHUs) that provide cooling to the Vet Med 3A MPT. Read more about what was found and how the staff came together to complete this project. 

Student Spotlight: Grad Students Make Their Mark With Energy Projects

Since the Fall of 2021, the Energy and Engineering office has been working with two Graduate Student Researchers: Tanner Palmer and Pratik Raj Khadka. Both are first-year graduate students pursuing their Master of Science in Energy Systems and using their knowledge to contribute to FM projects. They enjoy working with experienced team members at the office, and the staff applauds the new ideas and energy that students bring to the office.  

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.

Campus Teams Coordinate on Medical Sciences

This past summer Facilities Management (FM) completed what was a yearlong project that brought together Building Maintenance Services (BMS), Utilities, Energy & Engineering, Transportation Services construction, Design and Construction Management (DCM), and a contractor. This project is another great example of what we are capable of building when we work together with the resources we have here on campus.

Custodial Equipment Innovations Save Time

You may notice several new tools around campus that are helping Custodial Services improve service levels. Seeking inventive ways to meet the needs of the campus is a key focus of Custodial Services, especially with the additional cleaning requirements prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the new equipment that the custodial team is using today. 

Bringing PG&E Smart Lab Projects to UC Davis

Smart Labs is a utility incentive program through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which provides funding for implementing energy-saving solutions in laboratory buildings. Completion of this program will result in safer labs, fewer carbon emissions from reduced energy use, and lower utility bills. Read how Energy and Engineering coordinated bringing this program to UC Davis buildings.