April 7, 2016

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Use Exam Locations matrix to plan maintenance work during exam week

Please refer to the exam room schedules for weekdays and weekends to schedule maintenance work.

Building Ops helped make the dedication memorable

Totem Pole2 croppedEilis Courtney, Director of Ceremony and Events, thanked those who made the ceremony held on April 6 such a wonderful experience. This was a huge team effort, with contributions from many colleagues at Musqueam and UBC.

Thanks to Gary Wolfram, Ed Domenco, Lauchlan Hay, Neil Ram and Bill Toor for their contribution, not to mention James Bellavance for helping coordinate the event.



BOLD team erects 50-foot scaffold structure in Student Rec Centre

ScaffoldingWith the careful planning and the experience of the Building Ops Labour Division (BOLD) team, the tower was assembled in one day. The electricians will be able to get access to the light fixtures safely and in time for the exams.





Help students prepare for exams and manage stress during this time

Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote the Stress Less for Exam Success initiative to students. The week-long series of events and online resources focus on finding small ways to prepare for exams and practice self-care. Click here to learn more on stress reducing tips which can be useful to you, too.

Building Ops preps CIRS rooftop for research platform

Raised platformAs part of the installation of the new research platform on the roof of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), the labour crew was asked to clean the fragile TPO roof membrane in order for the pre-construction roofing inspection to occur. John Wogrinetz, Joseph O’Driscoll and Lionel Jeanson sprang into action and gave the membrane a much needed scrub and rinse. And thanks to Francois Desmarais for coordinating the work.

Thank you for a job well done!

Sheet Metal Shop delivers quality service

IKBLC-loading-bay-barrierBert Tempel, acting Sheet Metal Shop Head, was requested to produce and install a barrier to protect the DES piping in the loading dock area of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The barrier produced by the shop was outstanding. Kevin Phelan, Project Manager, received compliments from the client.

Thank you to all in the sheet metal shop for the outstanding service.



Time Card Improvement Project …we need to hear from you

Over the past month or so, Jeff Bondy has spoken with department managers about time cards…learning what parts of the system work, and where we may be able to make improvements. Now, Jeff is starting to speak with the various shop Heads/Sub-Heads about time cards to understand what they have to deal with on a daily basis.

Jeff should have a good outline of what Building Operations….as a group…need from a Time Card System…and then we can start improving the system. Have your say and contact Jeff at jeff.bondy@ubc.ca for your time card pain points or ideas.

Time cards are one of our critical system; Together we can make it Better.

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” – Robert Orben

Become a UBC United Way Campaign Associate

You are invited to participate in a truly unique professional development opportunity as a United Way Campaign Associate (previously known as Loaned Representative).

The position offers the opportunity to learn valuable new skills during a fun, action-packed 16-week period in the fall helping the United Way raise funds to support over 500 programs and initiatives across the Lower Mainland.

Being a Campaign Associate can be life-changing but what won’t change is the terms of your employment. In the role, you will continue to receive your regular salary and benefits through UBC.

Learn more and apply before April 13.

Access free financial support services through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Shepell

EFAP provides services to help you and your family understand your finances and gain valuable insight into building a solid financial plan. You’ll also find the tools to help with:

  • Credit and debt management
  • Budgeting
  • Bankruptcy
  • Aspects of separation and divorce
  • Financial emergencies
  • Retirement planning
  • Employment transitions
  • Real estate

Learn more.

Registration is now open for Summer Camp for children aged 2 – 18 years old

UBC Camps is a leading provider of high quality camps, and year round programming, for children aged 2 – 18 years. They offer a vast selection of Canada spring, summer, fall and winter camps, including sports camps, arts and music camps, adventure camps, specialty camps and day camps.

They strive to ensure that each and every child participating in a UBC Camps program has an exciting, educational and memorable experience at camp. For registration or more information call 604.822.1540 or E-mail ubc.camps@ubc.ca.

Quick Updates

Leaving UBC: Ryan Gresham and Irene Karkoglou

NPS score remains at 78% with 3 new promoters.