FM Newsletter - May 2018

FM News

Electrical Systems Team Upgrades Pull Barn

cowThe Dairy Teaching and Research Facility at UC Davis milks over 100 cows twice a day, which averages above 27,500 pounds of energy corrected milk per cow.electrical panel

“The current infrastructure wasn’t built for the demand of newer research equipment,” shared Aaron Knapek, IPE with Electrical Systems.

Knapek is referring to the research facility’s pull barn, where they mix the formulated milk for cows. “The moisture from that process, along with other factors, contributed to the need for a new electrical panel.”

The old electrical panel had been there since 1959. Problems began to arise when powering certain equipment constantly tripped the breakers and cut power to everyone there. As a result, staff and faculty had to carefully choose what equipment they needed when, and what equipment they could shut off.

Thanks to deferred maintenance funding, the Electrical Systems team in Building Maintenance Services recently finished installing a new electrical panel that can handle 200 amps of power.

“The panel not only supports existing power needs, there’s room to grow,” said Knapek. “Faculty and staff have been very positive. Everyone is happy to not have breakers tripping anymore!”


DM Project: An Oldie but a Goodie - Boiler #1

Front wall before
Front wall before
Front wall after fire brick and old refractory removed and new refractory sprayed
Front wall after fire brick and old refractory removed and new refractory sprayed

Boiler #1 has been operating now for almost six months as the backup boiler at the Central Heating and Cooling Plant despite its decommissioning almost two years ago. This boiler constitutes about 23 percent of capacity for the plant and can produce 100,000 pounds of steam an hour.

“It’s an oldie, but a goodie,” Janice Stires, the plant engineer, remarked. The boiler, originally commissioned in 1967, ran for almost 50 years. After that long in service, Facilities staff opted to retire it due to age and reliability concerns.

Now, as the campus forges forward in its plans to become more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions by converting from steam heat to hot water heat, redundancy plans are needed in case an operating boiler goes down in the interim. If Boiler #1 was not available as a backup, the loss of any boiler could have had a detrimental impact to normal research and operations – this is the risk that drove the decision to bring Boiler #1 back to life.

“We didn’t want to purchase a new boiler and build a plant to go with it at a cost nearly $14 million only to have it become obsolete once the campus completes the hot water conversion project in five to 10 years,” explains Stires. “Recommissioning the boiler costs around $200K, it’s more cost effective and timely.”

From August to October 2017 Boiler #1 went through inspections, major internal and exterior repairs, testing and permitting to make it operational again.

The biggest benefit [of repairing the boiler] is reliability,” emphasized Stires. “Something always happens and this provides our campus with extra security between now and when our upcoming hot water heating system is in place.”


Shoutout to Custodial & BMS!

Thank you Custodial and BMS staff who worked Picnic Day on Saturday, April 21! Your work made for an incredibly successful event. Custodial staff spent the day cleaning the 20+ buildings that were in use for the event. They also helped take care of emergencies as they arose and cleaning up the buildings at the end of the day.

BMS staff stepped up during Picnic Day by assisting in the Emergency Operations Center, as well as out in the field as incidents happened. Some of the activities they helped with included clearing out three separate swarms of bees and responding to a broken heating/hot water line at the Chemistry building. Thanks to Custodial, the operators, plumbing and structural!


Employee Spotlight: Elma Olguin, Business Analyst

Elma“You don’t know, go ask Elma,” if you have ever had a question regarding the business side of things in Fleet Services, chances are you went to Olguin for her expertise. With 18 years of service at Fleet, she has been around to see many changes.

Olguin was attracted to UC Davis because of the flexibility that allowed her to have a work/home life balance. She was a part-time employee for many years, but once her children graduated from high school she became full time.

Her current position as a Business Analyst, which she has been in for five years, entails business transactions, human resources and account managing. She has been a key player in the recent Fleet software upgrade where she worked with accounting and financial services for over a year to establish new changes such as automated billing.

She loves her job at UC Davis and says, “It’s a great place to work!”


Beat the Heat!

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Solid Waste Update: July 2017 - March 2018

garbage truckTotals

Trash Hauled: 9.3 million pounds

Recycle Hauled: 11 million pounds

Total bins picked up 20,621

Total yards picked up 225,399

Yolo County Landfill
  • Trash Trips: 880
  • Recycle Trips:
  • Sacramento – 160
  • Other – 947
  • Food Waste - 72


Special Recognitions

L to R: Kyle Valov, Dan Allen , Norm Lemay, Anthony Rodriquez, Romerio Sherman
L to R: Kyle Valov, Dan Allen , Norm Lemay, Anthony Rodriquez, Romerio Sherman

star“Thank you [to your] maintenance team and please include your new insulators too! They ALL did a great job and did it quickly when they repaired the Tercero DC steam equipment last week so I’d really appreciate if you’d let them know! -Asst. Director of Dining Facilities Maintenance. Brian Blaschke

star“I am writing you to express my gratitude to Mr. [German] Ramirez from your department. I am a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering...Mr. Ramirez always goes out of his way to perform his duties to the maximum of his abilities. He is a very pleasant individual and extremely hard working. In short, your department and all of us are very lucky to have such an individual to provide us with these services. I would like to congratulate your department in hiring and sustaining such an individual!” -Professor F. Assadian P.E.


“[I want to] compliment the custodial staff on the fine job of maintaining our offices and other facilities in Bainer Hall, and for responding promptly to my requests, typically under short notice. With the Chancellor’s visit to the department earlier this week, I especially want to thank Senior Custodian Esperanza Delgado for her efforts last week in taking on additional responsibilities for keeping the building in good order. I have always been impressed with the hard work and dedication required to keep a building such as Bainer in good shape...I want to thank all the staff in Custodial Services for the effort on our behalf, and please convey my thanks to Director Jones for providing for such excellent service.” -Professor Bryan Jenkins