Limited On-Site Staff

In an effort to promote physical distancing and to reduce risk of COVID-19, all Facilities Management units will remain operational with limited on-site staff. Staff will be available for remote support, so please do not hesitate to call or email. To submit emergency work tasks, call (530) 752.1655. To submit non-emergency work tasks, visit AggieFacilities/TRIRIGA. Thank you for your patience! Stay safe and healthy.


Latest News

The Pathway that Inspires Career Success

Finis Jones, Director of Custodial Services, joined Facilities Management in 2017, bringing years of experience and a new style of leadership to the team. Once on board, Finis immediately recognized that he had some amazing staff on hand. He began working with his managers Remedios Sarabia, Swing Shift Custodial Services Operations Manager, Esmeralda Vanover, Operations Daytime Principal Supervisor, and Jasmine Aranda, Operations Services Support Staff Manager, to expand the department's mentorship progam and create a pathway that would inspire staff to strive for career progression.

Student Spotlight: Juan Salas

Juan Salas is a fourth-year Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research major with a double minor in Computer Sciences and Statistics. Juan has been working as an intern in the Operations Support office since January 2021, and his duties include assisting the Customer Experience Center with utility shutdown notices, updating and maintaining contact lists, and various other tasks as they come up. Learn more about Juan and his colorful "fun fact".

Customer Spotlight: Chad Brown

Chad Brown has been working for UC Davis for just over 21 years. Currently, he is Operations Manager for the Operations and Event Management/Student Affairs team. Chad works with two other managers to maintain operations, custodial, and grounds services for fifteen buildings that fall under the Student Affairs Organization here at UC Davis. When asked what his favorite part of his job was, Chad replied, “[he] loves being part of a team that is committed to ensuring their buildings are at the best level of service.”

Employee Spotlight: Marlene Slichter

This month we would like to introduce Marlene Slichter, Lead Custodian for Custodial Services at Facilities Management. She has worked for Facilities for 20 years, and lives in Davis. Marlene likes working for FM as it has given her many opportunities for continued education as well as self-improvement. Her duties include helping supervisors with whatever is needed to make campus a cleaner and safer place for staff, faculty, and students. Read on to learn more about Marlene!

Paint Shop Preserves Racetrack History

On the southwest corner of Maddy Equine Lab, wooden striped racing poles are scattered around the western exterior of the building. These wooden poles were originally used as markers at the Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, which operated from 1899 to 1964. The poles served as 1/16-mile markers, and the curved exterior of the Maddy lab is meant to evoke the curve of a racetrack. Learn more about what Facilities Management did to preserve this history.

Facilities Prepares for Fall Occupancy

Facilities Prepares for Fall Occupancy

It’s been more than 15 months since many of our staff members, academics and students were on campus, and Facilities Management is getting ready for the return to the bustling activity of a normal school year.

Pre-occupancy audits Have You Shared Your Occupancy Plan with Custodial Services?

If you have not been on campus regularly, make sure Custodial Services knows the timing and frequency of your return so they can staff accordingly. 


Employee Spotlight: Joel McCoy

Joel McCoy, the superintendent for the Utilities Gas and Water Department, has worked for Facilities for 14 years and has been with Utilities for 13 years. His favorite part about working for Utilities is being a part of an amazing team that accomplishes truly incredible things that keep the campus running smoothly.

FCA Team Tackles Project - Benefiting All UC!

In 2016, Facilities Management (FM) started a venture with the University of California, Office of President (UCOP) to create a UC-wide program to evaluate every significant piece of real property on campuses. The program helps departments effectively prioritize projects, manage risk, and plan long-term funds to maintain campus’ assets. Learn more about the team that manages this program.

Resourcefulness Leads to Big Savings!

In April 2020, Facilities Management (FM) was notified by Design Construction Management (DCM) of several buildings on the Davis campus that were slated to be decommissioned. The notification allows our teams the option to identify any equipment or materials that might be useful to use for future projects. When John Zertuche, Director of Building Maintenance Services gets these notifications, he shares them with his superintendents who decide which buildings might have materials that can be reused or repurposed. Read more about a few of these projects.

Graduating Energy and Engineering Students

This month we are shining our student spotlight on five Facilities Management Energy & Engineering student interns that will soon be graduating. Energy & Engineering is home to a number of student interns with various backgrounds who are able to get hands-on experience in the engineering field and beyond. Besides engineering internships they offer students positions in communications, data analytics, and web development just to name a few.

LEED Certification Background

Background on LEED Certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most established green building rating system and was first implemented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998. Through LEED, the USGBC describes its mission: 

“Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.” 


Project SWARM: New Demand Response Program Summer 2021

Project SWARM: New Demand Response Program

This summer, the UC Davis Facilities and Engineering Department is implementing a new energy-saving Demand Response Program for buildings a part of Project SWARM. This program aims to reduce the energy usage of 65 selected campus buildings during peak hours by increasing the air conditioning temperature setpoint in the buildings by 3°F for no more than 2 hours.

Surface Water Curtailment for the State of California – Important Notice to Laboratories and Users with Special Equipment

On April 29, 2021, the State of California Department of Water Resources enacted Term 91, which is a water curtailment protocol to avoid diversion of surface water in seasonably dry conditions. In addition, due to low reservoir inflow, the Bureau of Reclamation designated 2021 a Shasta Critical Year which further reduces the amount of surface water available.