December 3, 2015

Top Stories

UBC’s Ladner Clock Tower clock mechanism to be replaced by February

A wind storm at the end of August caused electrical surges across the UBC. These surges caused electrical damage to the Ladner Clock Tower—the drive mechanism, which moves the hands on the four clock faces of the clock, has remained still ever since.

We have been working since the storm to repair the clock mechanism. There has been some success—the clock’s chimes are once again sounding—however the mechanism that drives the clock’s hands is too damaged to run reliably or accurately.

New clock works have very recently been completed and are now on route to Vancouver from the U.S. The University’s local contractor should be in possession of the new system sometime near the end of December. The schedule for the installation should be available in early January.

Submit your 1P time cards to ensure banked time payouts

Submit your 1P time cards by Monday, December 7, to ensure that your banked time payouts are paid promptly. Payouts that are processed after the cutoff date will not be paid until the end of December, at the earliest.

Updated list of buildings served by the DES as of December 2 is now available

Check out the latest DES updates to know which buildings are running on the district energy hot water heating system and which buildings will be coming online soon.

Do any of these lockers belong to you (or your shop)?

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The clerical pool is taking inventory of all the lockers in the hallway between the Electrical Shop and the Mechanical Shop. Contact April Wong to register your locker if you have not done so already. Thanks!

USB Work Yard Winter Snow/Ice Removal Activities not safe for pedestrians

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To all pedestrians, use the main entrance to access USB and avoid walking through the USB work yard. Trucks and equipment will be accessing the salt bays at the northeast corner of the yard near the sheds, frequently, over the colder months. Equipment will be outfitted with salter and blades. These hazards are present in the yard to pedestrians choosing to enter and exit the work yard to access USB.  Equipment operators are also reminded to be aware of potential pedestrian traffic.

Newsflash…work yard speed limit is 15 kph!

UBC Phone System migrating to Shaw: some calls may be affected

UBC IT Services is migrating the PSTN trunking services for UBC Point Grey Campus to Shaw on Tuesday, December 15th. There will be a service outage for off-campus calling (inbound and outbound) from 10:00 – 11:00 pm with possible occasional call failure from 11:00 pm – 2:00 am.

On-campus dialing and dialing between UBC campuses will work normally during these change windows. To view updates regarding these changes and details regarding impact to the community, please visit UBC IT Services Bulletin.

Staff Excellence Awards Committee received 66 nominations!!

Thank you to all who nominated their colleagues for the excellent work they do. Reviewing these nominations will not be an easy task for the Staff Excellence Awards committee. No matter, winners will be voted on and will be presented at the Building Ops Holiday Lunch.

Check out some dart action starting December 7 and support the Christmas Bureau


UBC United Way Update: at 67% of reaching our goal

The UBC United Way Campaign has raised a total of $370,380. We are at 67% of reaching our $550,000 goal. Remember, there is still time to donate to the campaign. ‘Tis the season of giving and the United Way is a great way to give back to your local community.

There is a tax benefit when donating to a charity. This tax benefit table can provide you with a good visual that you can share with your friends and colleagues.

Donate and help fight hunger in your community

Every year, the Carpentry Shop helps spread the joy by donating to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Please bring in canned food and drop it off in the Carpentry shop. To find out more on how you can help, please visit


Quick Updates

Don’t forget to RSVP by December 4 for the Building Ops Holiday Celebrations

NPS score increased to 84% with 5 new promoters

Joining Building Operations: Edward Kirsch

Stores will be closing at 4PM this week

Leaving UBC: Martina Tempel