Community Education

Saving cool cash on hot days

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.

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.

CA Fires Alter Daily Work - Keeping Staff Safe

The Camp Fire of 2018, burning 153,336 acres, changed lives and how California communities respond to wildfire and smoke events. Although Davis is located a little over 100 miles south of the origin of this fire, this was a historical event for UC Davis as the smoke from this fire impeded our daily operations. Read about the safety measures that we implemented to prepare us for future events.

Business Partner Spotlight: Irina Skiba

Irina Skiba is the Assistant Director of Business Operations and has been with UC Davis since August 2019. Quickly learning her position in the middle of COVID-19 Pandemic, Irina has become a considerable asset to Facilities Management (FM) during this time!

Explore Energy and Engineering Virtual Tours!

Joshua Morejohn, Campus Energy Manager, and Kiernan Salmon, Energy Feedback Product Developer for Facilities Management Energy & Engineering, had considered creating virtual tours of some of the Facilities Management systems but were waiting for a good reason to do so.

SARs-CoV-2 Sampling with help from Utilities

As more students, staff, and faculty return to campus, the wastewater SARS-CoV-2 detection program has begun. The SARS-CoV-2 detection program essentially takes samples of wastewater from specific buildings or locations to identify if COVID-19 is present. This program will monitor and allow the campus to proactively identify and reduce the risk of a COVID outbreak.

September 14: Wildfire Impact Building Ventilation Changes

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.

August 21, 2020 Wildfire Impact: Building Ventilation Changes

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.