Facilities Services

BMS Saves Primate Center From Heat Disaster

Normally, the UC Davis small primate areas inside the Primate Research Center’s temperatures are kept in the low 80s at most. To a person, 86 degrees is comfortable, but to a small primate, this can be deadly. When the temperature was pushing 84 degrees in the facility, this created an emergency. With the outside temperature reaching 113 degrees that day, Jim Pisano, Facilities Manager for the California National Primate Research Center, knew he had to act quickly.

Hanging Emitter Lines Saves Water

This past March and April, water conservation projects were completed by the Facilities Management Plumbing Shop in TB 183, Poultry House X, and Poultry House Y room 3. The team installed new water emitter systems in the three buildings. James Medeiros, Gary Fitzpatrick, Chris Persons from the Plumbing Shop worked to install this new system. It took some planning and creative thinking to route and support these lines systems. Read how these changes saved thousands of gallons of water. 

Innovation Increases Revenue for UC Davis

After UC Davis took over the Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) Biodigester facility in 2017, staff ramped up efforts to increase usage of the facility. They started by investigating removing ammonia from the digestate (the material remaining after the anaerobic digestion of a biodegradable) and what the result would be. This change will enable the READ facility to increase revenue and decrease waste. Learn how this innovative change was brought about by Utilities staff and the benefit to UC Davis. 

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.

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. 

Email custodial@ucdavis.edu 

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.

Fleet Services Introduces New UC Drive System

One unique aspect of Facilities Management Fleet Services is its rental system: staff and faculty can rent a vehicle for university business at four different locations, three of which are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Learn about the new UCDrive System that streamlines this rental process.

Big Shift-Utilities GIS Outline the Path 

We continue our Facilities Management series on the Big Shift, a campus-wide steam-to-hot water conversion project. In this segment, we will introduce the FM Asset team, who help locate, track and maintain underground utilities. The underground utilities FM Asset tracks include electrical, exterior lighting, sewer, storm, natural gas, domestic, utility, & chilled water, and the steam that heats the buildings, all of which are critical to the campus. 

Genome Datacenter is Stunning Success

In winter of 2018/2019, the Central Heating and Cooling Plant (CHCP) increased the campus chilled water supply temperature to reduce overall campus operating costs. As a result of this change, issues with heat exchangers were identified at The Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (GBSF) datacenter.

Rag Exchange Program Cleans Campus

Every Monday, bundles of clean rags are delivered to buildings across campus and as the 10-12 bundles are delivered, dirty cleaning rags are exchanged to be laundered. Getting the rags washed as opposed to replaced not only saves the university money, it is much more eco-friendly. Joe Williams, recharge manager for Custodial Services, estimates that these rags costs about $1-$3 each. “The rags can go through the wash about 10-15 times until they need to be replaced. Even the laundering process is eco-friendly!”

Braving the Elements to Keep Campus Power Going

On January 25th California was hit with a powerful atmospheric river where very heavy rainfall, snowfall, and strong wind gusts were recorded, causing several hundred thousand power outages and numerous mudslides across the state. UC Davis was left reeling from toppled trees and power poles due to rain and high winds for the next week. Many of Utilities Power and Lights staff braved the elements around the clock to either keep power going, or to restore it, and cleaning up downed trees, power poles and repaired buildings.