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An academic collaboration with UC Davis Chemical Engineering (Process Systems Engineering) results in an algorithm that optimizes chiller deployment. As a result, the university improves its green energy use and saves money. Interested in the details? Learn more in the published research article.

Business Partner Spotlight: Megan Tetreault

Megan Tetreault has worked as an HR Generalist with UC Davis for 2 years, but has worked for UC Davis for 10 years! Her current role supports and guides departments through salary and position management processes such as recruitments, reclassifications, stipends, and equities.

Campus Teams Coordinate on Medical Sciences

This past summer Facilities Management (FM) completed what was a yearlong project that brought together Building Maintenance Services (BMS), Utilities, Energy & Engineering, Transportation Services construction, Design and Construction Management (DCM), and a contractor. This project is another great example of what we are capable of building when we work together with the resources we have here on campus.

Custodial Equipment Innovations Save Time

You may notice several new tools around campus that are helping Custodial Services improve service levels. Seeking inventive ways to meet the needs of the campus is a key focus of Custodial Services, especially with the additional cleaning requirements prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the new equipment that the custodial team is using today. 

Employee Spotlight: Monica Linares

Monica Linares, a UC Davis alum and new to Utilities Waste Water Treatment Plant, Monica is quiet and thorough as she completes critical work behind the scenes. Read more about Monica and the work she does for the campus.

Routine Ladder Inspections Improve FM Safety

Whether it’s checking a light, looking for the origin of a leak, or applying a fresh coat of paint, ladders are used daily by Facilities Management (FM) staff. Safety is paramount for our team so it is vital to ensure that all ladders are correctly maintained and replaced as needed. Read more about our recent ladder inspection completed by the FM Safety Office.

CEC Utilizes FacilitiesLink and You Should Too!

The Facilities Management (FM) Customer Experience Center (CEC) are a critical part of our customer service, and you can probably guess that not all calls are straightforward! From unknown room numbers to class schedules to contact information, the CEC has a resource that can solve even the toughest mysteries to get technicians to the right locations at the right times.

Student Spotlight: Anthony Chow

Meet fourth-year Human-Computer Interaction, major Anthony Chow. Anthony has been working as a User Experience and Design Intern in the Energy and Engineering office. He has worked for the University since the fall of 2019 and made the move to Facilities Management about 9 months ago.

Wellness Ambassadors Awarded Mini-Grant

Meet two of our Facilities Management Wellness Ambassadors, Jonathan Parrott, and Emily Ziser, who are recent Mini-Grant awardees! Jonathan and Emily both work in Operations Support have been Wellness Ambassadors for 2 ½ years and 2 years, respectively.

Safety Campaign 2022 - My Safety "Why"

"I work with safety on my mind so I can spend quality time with family; not laid up having them take care of you," says Mike Campos, HVAC Controls Supervisor.  Facilities Management (FM) leadership is serious about safety and applauds staff for using safe practices. Utilizing our safe-minded staff such as Mike, input from Allen Tollefson, AVC Facilities Management, along with a team of staff, FM is excited to launch a new safety campaign in 2022! This campaign will highlight that safety is a top priority for FM staff using direct quotes and pictures from our staff! FM staff will be interviewed to understand your "why" you are safe at work. Stay tuned for more information on the FM Safety Campaign 2022 in the upcoming months.

Student Spotlight: Antonia Wu

Meet Antonia Wu, a fourth-year student employee working as a User Experience Design intern in the Energy and Engineering (ECO) department within Facilities Management (FM). Antonia is double majoring in Cognitive Science and Design and is hoping to pursue a graduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction. They have worked with FM for six months and focus on conducting user research on various projects and designing prototypes.

Customer & Employee Feedback Key to Success!

Understanding how people use dashboards and tools has provided Facilities Management (FM), Energy & Engineering’s Kiernan Salmon with a new perspective on the design and usability of products. As Kiernan understands more, she is able to build tools that give FM staff valuable insight that allows us to provide better customer service to the UC Davis campus. Read more about this journey and what this means for FM.

Employee Spotlight: Matt Monroe

Matt Monroe works as a Fire Alarms Inspector, Planner, and Estimator (IPE) for Facilities Management. Previously, he was an alarm shop technician and a lead, and has been with UC Davis since February 1 of 2007- almost 15 years! His current position consists of doing the inspections and commissioning of fire alarms for all new buildings and remodels. Read more about Matt and why his collaboration with DCM is critical. 

BMS Prepares the Campus for Fall & Beyond

While many staff, students and faculty wondered what the return to work and school would look like, Building Maintenance Services (BMS) staff kept busy readying buildings and office spaces for the fall quarter. Learn what they did to ensure that spaces were ready for a full return to campus.

Employee Spotlight: Richard (Rick) Houston

This month we shine our headlights on Rick Houston, a Senior Store Keeper for Fleet Services. Rick has worked for Facilities Management at Fleet Services for four and a half years. Before coming to the university and Facilities Management, Rick worked for the Harley Davidson shop in Vacaville. When it was time for a change in employment, he knew that the university was a great place to work.