FM Newsletter - October 2018

FM News

Lights outside of Hunt Hall

Improved Lighting at Hunt Hall


Over the course of last month the Utilities Exterior Lighting crew completed a lighting project at Hunt Hall that was years in the making. During that last several Lighting Walks on campus participants noted that an area near Hunt Hall needed more light. In the area, were ineffective and troublesome pedestal lights, which have now been removed! They were replaced with new LED path lighting that are connected to the Exterior Lighting crew’s lighting control system. The team had to install conduits, pull boxes, wires, poles, fixtures, and program the lighting controller, but they did it! Which means they are better able to monitor those lights now and ensure that they are working properly. Way to go team, we are sure students are going to be excited about the upgrade!  

LAST CHANCE: FM Employee Engagement Survey

feedbackThe FM Employee Engagement Survey ends on October 3! Don’t forget to take the survey and give Facilities Management your feedback on quality of work, communication, training, and more. Also, don’t forget to leave your name and email if you would like to receive an exclusive FM t-shirt or a staff pin, as our thank you for taking the survey! Those details will only be used for the incentive gifts. Gifts will be distributed after the survey closes and you will receive those details via email.

Congrats to Maryann Gonzales, Chad Bartlett, and Tadyos Mamos for winning our $150 Amazon giftcards from the kick-off events!


Custodial #1 Among UC! 

Pie Graph comparing the 12% of Non-Sustainable custodial products to the 88% of Green and Sustainable products.

Custodial is #1 among UC campuses for purchasing fully sustainable products over the last fiscal year! Waxie, UC’s preferred supplier of custodial products has partnered with each campus to have green and sustainable products. Each UC had a goal of 80% and Davis beat that by 8%! Wow!



DM PROJECT: The same, but different! Chillers at Contained Research Replaced


Chillers at Contained Research

Recently, the chillers were replaced at the Contained Research Facility at UC Davis. This replacement comes from deferred maintenance funding, and as Ralph Fickett, Mechanical/HVAC and Controls Project Manager in Building Maintenance Services puts it, “This is a perfect DM project. We are replacing like for like parts, and removing end-of-life equipment that from natural wear and tear isn’t performing as well, and putting in a near exact replacement.”

The chillers are what keep the building and greenhouses cool. Before the replacement, the university was dedicating a lot of resources in after-hour and weekend call outs to troubleshoot issues, as the system began to show its age. “The reliability factor of equipment is huge for us,” stated Greg Bayne, superintendent for the mechanical/ HVAC department. While there are two chillers on-site, which provide one-hundred percent redundancy, it became apparent that in order to best support the researchers and ensure the integrity of their work at the facility, it was time to replace both of the chillers that were equally at the end of their life cycles.chiller

Facilities Management began a two-phase project to replace the chillers in July, which recently finished in September. ”I really liked the way that the folks replacing the chillers worked with us to make sure that the research was not negatively impacted by the replacement,” shares Dr. Kristine Godfrey, project specialist at the Contained Research Facility.

The chillers, each about the size of a school bus, and weighing 10,000lbs were phased in, first one and then the other. The shops that worked on the project include mechanical/HVAC, steam, and electrical.   “I appreciate their efforts at coming in before dawn to get the work done, so that the greenhouses would not overheat and negatively impact all of the plants and insects that we raise for research purposes.  The people who planned and then replaced the chillers did an excellent job in both communicating what was happening and executing their plan,” shared Dr. Godfrey.

Fleet Supports UC Youth Programs Team!

fleetFleet services was recently thanked for their excellent work and customer service this summer in support of the Youth Programs Team.

Youth Programs offers diverse classes and camps for children and youth through the age of 18, and Fleet services was instrumental in making sure their vehicle needs were met this summer to continue those programs. Way to go!



Employee Spotlight: Cristina Ramirez, Wastewater Treatment Plant Lab Manager 


Cristina Ramirez has been the Waste Water Treatment Plant Lab Manager since 2014. However, her connection to campus utilities began to grow roots since she was a UC Davis student and intern for Utilities Director Michael Fan.

In 2009 after graduating from Davis, she worked as an environmental consultant for an engineering firm in Sacramento where she learned a lot about water quality compliance. After three years, she came back as a lab analyst for Wastewater and in two years, she was promoted to Lab Manager.

Cristina continues to be an asset to her alma mater by ensuring quality water campus wide. “I was a student once at UC Davis so it feels like I am giving back.” She executes this by taking care of all the reporting for the state regarding campus water quality. She manages a lab where the water is tested in-house to ensure it is meeting the regulatory requirements.

On a personal note, Cristina’s passion is running. She began running after she interned with Utilities Director Michael Fan who got her into marathon running and there has been no looking back.

Cristina is using her degree and doing what she loves. She is proud to work with a superb team. “We are a small family in our little plant.” Cristina, your coworkers and this organization appreciates your genuine desire to provide quality water campus-wide!


Solid Waste Reminds Us to: Make our recycling count!


Make our recycling countYou reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is that enough? While making strides to reduce your impact on the environment is incredibly important, there are plenty of common mistakes we make over & over that make it tough for recycling centers to do their jobs effectively. Learn what you can do to prevent making those mistakes!

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Electrical Shop, Generator, and High Voltage Crew to the Rescue!

arc flashIn August, the Fire Alarm shop was testing large fans for smoke control at the Mondavi Center when, during the tests, power to the building tripped. This caused an arc flash and revealed an issue with the emergency system to the building that may not have been realized otherwise! The building was incapacitated, as most of it was fed through the main switchboard where the flash occurred.

The BMS Electrical crew was quick to respond and assess the problem. The Utilities High Voltage & Generator Crew was also called onsite to restore power, and thanks to them the emergency system was online within four hours of the incident. Matthew Bradshaw and Justin Wisterman from the Electrical  shop were responsible for assessing the damage, removing and testing the breakers, and replacing six damaged breakers all within 48 hours! Herb Garman, director of operations at the Mondavi Center shared, “I want to thank you and all of the dedicated UC Davis Facilities crews that made this happen. They showed professionalism and…worked very hard to make the restoration happen so quickly. We are very fortunate to be supported by these individuals during this period.”




Rifle Range Waste Audit

waste auditA team of student interns at the UC Davis Energy Conservation Office conducted a waste audit at the Rifle Range on September 5, 2018, in efforts to certify the building under LEED for Existing Buildings. The team sorted the weight of all metals, mixed paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and wet waste that appeared in the waste stream of the Rifle Range over 24 hours to understand how much trash the building occupants are diverting from the landfill. The results showed that occupants were diverting 75% of trash from the landfill, however there are still many opportunities for improvement.


It was found that:

  1. Mixed paper was inconsistently place in proper bins.
  2. The blue paper bins contained other items such as plastic and bottles.
  3. An important thing learned was that food purchased on campus at places like the CoHo or Silo typically comes in compostable containers and the utensils from there should be placed in the compost bin as well. 

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Special Recognitions

Bimal Karan


Jin Yamada, IET – Business Ops Storehouse shared, “I wanted to extend my gratitude towards Bimal Karan for his stellar work in keeping our facility exceptionally clean. He is very friendly and gets along well with everyone in our building. We greatly appreciate his work and friendliness.”



starKonan Innocent

“I’ve been meaning to write to you about one of your employee. He is a custodian who services the Hopkins building, Konan Koikou, and he is an absolute gem. He is thorough and takes great pride in his work. I can’t say enough about him,” said Cheryl Washington, Chief Information Security Officer, Vice Provost - IET.



starCarlos Garcia, Chief Administrative Office of Hart Interdisciplinary Programs shared, “I would like to take this brief moment to let you know how appreciative I am for the recent work completed by Greg Mathisen and Mike Gray. They exhibited efficiency, professionalism, and attention to detail as they made the complex install of the [Third World News Exhibit in Hart Hall] appear routine. I have already begun receiving positive comments on how the install looks and it is wholly attributable to Greg and Mike’s work.”


starKaylie Kingston & the Center for Equine Health Team shared, “As you know, we’ve been working to renovate one of our quarantine stalls and related facilities. We couldn’t be happier with the end product. Sean Snyder did an awesome job managing the project. He was super responsive and great at explaining all of the requirements and putting up with my many questions. We would like to specifically recognize two of the painters, Daniel Garza and Chase Fowler, who were fantastic to work with and extremely service-oriented. We will have several other future painting projects and hope they get assigned to all of them! They are rockstars!! And last, a huge thanks must go out to the Jeffs (Airehart & Carbahal) who continue to set the bar for service. Those guys make things happen and they do so in a professional and courteous way.”