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September 14: Wildfire Impact Building Ventilation Changes

September 14, 2020
As a result of the current unhealthful air quality index, a subset of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units are recirculating air rather than drawing in outside air for ventilation purposes. Labs or animal facilities within these buildings will continue to be ventilated with 100% outside air, while offices and common areas located in the same building may not.

Campus Water Fountains and Features

August 28, 2020
UC Davis is taking safety measures consistent with state guidelines as they relate to campus water fountains, refilling stations and decorative water features. 

August 21, 2020 Wildfire Impact: Building Ventilation Changes

August 21, 2020
Update: Thursday, September 3, 2020: As a result of improved outdoor air quality conditions, the HVAC units in the buildings listed below are now back to ventilating with a percentage of outside air. As always, it remains important for occupants to continue practicing all recommended COVID-19 precautions.

Employee Spotlight: Victor Franceschi

August 10, 2020

Victor Franceschi is happy to be ending his day a little cleaner now than in his previous position. Two months ago he moved into the BMS Plumbing and Water Inspector/Planner/Estimator role from his previous position as a FM Plumber. Victor began his career at the university in 2002 with the Grounds department. When he moved to Facilities Management’s plumbing shop as an apprentice plumber in 2017, he continued the path to his newest position as he moved subsequently from apprentice to plumber.

Tracking Campus Energy Savings

August 10, 2020

During the suspension of operations, as you would expect, campus occupancy has dropped by approximately 85-90% compared to pre-COVID levels. Energy and water use went down too, but only by 10-15%, which shows the high energy use of labs, animal spaces and other critical spaces that must remain conditioned and ventilated even with low occupancy.

Global Energy Managers Workshop 2020

July 27, 2020

On October 7, 2020 (Energy Efficiency Day) UC Davis will host the second Global Energy Managers Workshop, where facility managers, students, and faculty from around the world will meet to share and learn about energy-saving, cost management, and carbon reduction strategies.

Given the current pandemic, our event will be online this year and limited to a half-day. We have an exciting agenda and hope you can participate. 

This event is free of charge.

Customer Spotlight: Micah Sokolsky

July 09, 2020
Whether operations are open or suspended, Micah Sokolsky logs many miles travelling around campus in his Athletics golf cart! As the Facilities, Operations and Events Coordinator for UC Davis Athletics, Micah’s days are never boring.

Employee Spotlight: Madison Spiva

July 09, 2020
If you have rented a car from Fleet, you have probably had the pleasure of speaking with Madison. Having worked at UC Davis for a little over a year, Madison Spiva is the Dispatch Coordinator for Fleet Services.

Utilities Turns on the Switch at Telecom

July 09, 2020

Do you know how campus internet and tele-communications get to your desk? Do you know where they come from? Thanks to Generator and High-Voltage teams at Utilities, we don’t have to worry about those questions right now, but let’s learn anyway…

ECO Guides Lab to LEED Gold Certification!

July 09, 2020

In June, the Toxic Pollutant Health Research Laboratory (TPHRL) at UC Davis received the LEED Gold certification for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. LEED certifications are an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements - in this case the project achieved 72 points out of a possible 110.

Kudos for Day & Night Operations!

July 09, 2020

"I would like to recognize the Day & Night Operations team. The team has continued to work through the COVID pandemic and Paradise fire when our campus had to close down, as the shop runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year including holidays. Some people on campus or facilities may not know that our staff is always watching the campus and monitoring the alarms. The Operations team conducts building checks of campus infrastructure, monitors and responds to alarms, and alleviates all campus emergencies that happen during the off hours.

Kudos - ECO Is At It Again Saving Energy!

July 09, 2020

The Energy Conservation Office (ECO) stays busy year-round with large and small energy savings projects across the campus. One of their more recent small projects involved replacing old fume hoods with newer, more efficient models. Joe Lestanguet from BMS worked with Sam Cole from Energy & Engineering to make this savings happen. 

Scholarships Provided for Safety Training

July 09, 2020

The Facilities Management Safety Office recently received scholarships to attend a Global Bio-Risk Advisory Council (GBAC) training to learn more about COVID-19. Safety Specialists Robert Deman, Jonathan Parrot and Joshua Guillen participated in the online GBAC course which strengthened skills and built knowledge about SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.

"High Fives" for Custodial Services

July 09, 2020

In June, FM recognized a collection Custodians who have gone above and beyond. Thank you Pedro, Victor, Raymond, Rebecca, Claudia, Michael, Higinio, Shiu, Antonio and Irvin!

Here are their stories:

"Pedro Acoba did exceptional quality of work cleaning carpets on a very large project in the Conference Center. Great job!" ~ Jaime Jimenez

"High Five" for Sally Bounds of Fleet Services

July 09, 2020

“Sally has supported and served Fleet Services and Facilities Management over the years in her role as Fleet Assistant. What many people do not see is the participation and support of all the FM divisions and campus prior to the formal development of the Engagement Committee. She would help with the planning and implementing of special events like the dunk tank, ice cream social, the TGFS events and new student orientations as well as our in house award and retirement luncheons.