August 9, 2016

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Students Start to move in August 20th

First wave of students move in August 20th. Keep an eye out for students and extra vehicles as they prepare to move in to residences across campus.

And as always if you see somebody who looks lost and overwhelmed – they probably are – so help them find their destination and welcome them into the campus community. Thanks in advance to Jason and Steve in the Tool Crib who are forever helping wayward students find the right building.


Brian James interviewed by CBC about Karate entering 2020 Olympics

Brian James on our refrigeration team is a highly ranked Karate World Official. If you’re surprised to learn this, it’s because Brian is very humble about his achievements! He has mentored students that have competed at all of the highest levels of Karate, and his students have won an incredible amount of metals and trophies.

On August 4th, Brian was invited to the Andrew Chang CBC 6pm News to promote Karate as it enters the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as an Olympic sport. The photo here is a screen shot of Brian and his student during the interview.

To watch the interview, start at the 34:00 min mark:  Way to go, Brian!


Cheer on Team Canada in the Rio Olympic Games, livestream will be available in USB Main Hall

We’re live-streaming CBC video content during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, now until August 21. During your breaks, you are welcome to watch the Games on the digital screen in the USB Main Hall. Go Team Canada!


New tool creates your official UBC email signature

Ever wanted to make your email signature look more professional? More like you’re part of UBC?

Marketing and Communications has created a new tool that automatically creates official UBC email signature—all the correct fonts, all of the correct information, and the newest version of the UBC logo.

Just visit: and add your information. A quick copy and paste later and you’re looking sharp. It works great on your mobile as well! Just one more copy and paste on your devices.


Clayton boiler at CCM receives Alternative Safety Approach (ASA) approval from BCSA

Thanks to the Operating Engineers and E&W Shift Engineers who have been manning the CCM mechanical room 24-7 for months as we work through the details of the remote monitoring and operating schedule for this critical boiler system. We now have this efficient and compliant operating procedure in place to ensure we can deliver space heating, domestic hot water and process steam to CCM while maintaining our regulatory requirements. Thanks everyone!!


Angus sewer Backups

Thanks to the custodial team who continues to step up and clean up the sewer backups at Angus. Unfortunately the contracted seismic work on the Angus tower damaged the permanent sewer discharge pipes and the temporary pumping system has had some challenges. Project Services is working with the contractor to ensure that we aren’t required to help out again.


Upcoming Board 4 meetings and reports (Lessoned Learned) on University Centre Renovations and Bookstore Expansion

All Major Capital projects go through a series of UBC Board of Governor approvals. Board 4 is the final step where the project close out report is presented. Meetings will be held next week to review the project and capture feedback from project partners including Building Operations and representatives for the building occupants. The report is then written for the Board of Governors, and it is a public document. The intent is to be accurate, focus on substantial issues, and demonstrate a positive and productive approach.  It is not meant to provide a detailed list of every success or problem. We want to ensure that we capture the major lessons learned from our perspective so that future projects can avoid common pitfalls. Please provide any sights you have through this week’s crew talks or directly to your transition team rep or building FM.

Key dates:

  • UBC Leon & Thea Koerner University Centre Renovations Board 4 meeting on August 15.
  • UBC Bookstore Expansion & Renovation Board 4 meeting on August 16.


Quick Updates


Orchard Commons key plans are now posted in USB Lobby.


NPS score increased to 78%, with 4 new promoters


Welcome to UBC: Adam Rosenthal