Facilities News


Electrical Construction Gives Thurman BSL3 Lab A Wiring Upgrade

June 25, 2019

As part of the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System, the Thurman Laboratory offers livestock, avian and equine necropsy as well as virology testing, electron microscopy, toxicology and more. Within Thurman, the Biosafety Level 3 Lab, also known as BSL3, is associated with infectious disease research or work. The delicate nature of this research means that any repairs in the building need to be done as soon as possible.

Utilities Water & Gas / I&C Helping to Keep Research Pumping Long Term

June 24, 2019

In the heart of Napa, UC Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program has a 40-acre research vineyard – Oakville Station.  For more than 50 years, the station has been crucial for the research and trials for clones, vine spacing, pruning levels, irrigation, and more.

Tasks and Projects: What's the Difference?

June 10, 2019

Our team of technicians are responsible for various types of maintenance, repair, and other corrective services. These range from roof repairs, to high voltage electrical work, flooring and more.  Organizing and tracking these tasks is a big job, so all work requests are separated into categories, tasks, and projects. So, what's the difference?  A task is a single craft ticket that can be associated with a project or simply standalone. A task will only require one department and pertains to a single type of craft, such as flooring or painting and billed using one account number.  

Our Plumbing Construction Crew Keeps the Air Fresh

May 23, 2019
The Construction Plumbing Shop of UC Davis’ Building Maintenance Services have worked on replacing outdated air compressors and vacuum systems since September 2018. Most recently, the team completed the replacement of air compressors and vacuum systems in the Toxic Pollutant Health Research Laboratory.

Waste Lift Project - A Green Solution

May 22, 2019
Not many of us think about how basement restroom waste moves through a building waste system but Dan Wright does, and he is creative about keeping these systems in top shape!

Keeping Kemper Cool: Motor Replacement Project

April 30, 2019

Kemper Hall received a new motor on the morning of Sunday, April 14th. This vital motor is the only motor that vents all cleanroom operations in Kemper Hall and urgently needed replacement. The Kemper Motor Crew consisted of Paul Good (BMS Machinist), Jorge Suarez (BMS Ventilation), Kevin Eubanks (Electrician), and two crane operators. Sunday morning was the only available time for this project as Kemper is usually filled with students and faculty six days a week.

The Underlying Benefits of Mats on Campus

April 30, 2019
Notice anything different about building entrances lately? 

Custodial Services has currently been working for over a year and a half on the Mat Project! The Mat Project introduces new UC Davis imprinted floor mats to various buildings across campus. These buildings include Peter J. Shields Library, Mrak Hall, King Hall, and more. According to Finis Jones, the Director of Custodial Services, the department was tasked with providing additional branding across the UC Davis campus. “We want to have a good first impression by having our logo throughout campus,” said Jones.

BMS Lighting Crew Make a Clean Room Glow!

April 11, 2019

Facilities Management staff work in a variety of spaces, sometimes requiring special personal protection equipment or per-scheduled access due to the sensitive nature of the research projects inside. Clean rooms are an excellent example of some of the complexities that staff encounter at times for routine maintenance and repairs. These types of rooms are areas that are designed to maintain low levels of particulates and/or airborne organisms to preserve the integrity of research being conducted. This can make it especially challenging for repairs or maintenance to take place.

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Office Space

February 26, 2019
Good indoor air quality is an important aspect of staying comfortable within the office. Temperature, humidity, odor, and air balance all contribute to a healthy and productive work environment.

WD-40 – Not so good for locks!

February 12, 2019
Having trouble with your key sticking in the lock?  Maybe it’s not turning as smoothly as it once did or doesn’t turn at all.  What do you do?  It’s pretty common to pull out a can of trusty WD-40 for a quick fix.  But hold on there a moment!

2019 Campus Safety Lighting Walk Recap

February 08, 2019
Over 115 students, Aggie Hosts, UC Davis Police cadets and staff from UC Davis Facilities Management’s exterior lighting team turned out for UC Davis’ annual Campus Safety Lighting Walk on January 22.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram!

February 05, 2019
Facilities Management now has a Facebook page and an Instagram. Follow us at @UCDavisFacilitiesManagement

To call or not to call Customer Support?

January 23, 2019
In today’s world, submitting a work request online couldn’t be easier. However, there are situations that justify picking up the phone, especially when it comes to urgent issues on campus. 

Volunteers Needed to Keep the Night Bright

December 18, 2018
The UC Davis Police and Facilities Management departments are seeking volunteers for the 2019 Campus Safety Lighting Walk on January 22 from 5-8PM, starting at the Memorial Union Flagpole.