June 25, 2015

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Kudos to Rick Mitchell & Henry Chow for solving a huge problem!

Roger, from Earth Sciences Building, was in need of assistance when the truck he hired, to ship equipment, was unable to get close to the loading dock off of Biological Sciences Road due to its size.  Seeking assistance from Building Operations, Henry Chow was able to free up a forklift and Rick Mitchell operated the forklift to haul the equipment to the truck.  Rick even went the extra mile by working through his lunch break.  Now, the equipment is enroute to Montreal thanks to Rick and Henry.

Way to go!


A simple solution by Building Ops can mean a lot to our customers

To address a concern from a UBC resident about the light coming through their window, we installed a fabricated shield in the lamp on the wall of the Totem Field House.  Although he had doubts on the results initially, he is happy to say that it is a wonderful solution.  In his email to Francois, he said:

“We are very grateful and indebted to you for your very kind concern and perfect solution to our problem.  This makes a big difference to our enjoyment of our home and peace of mind.  It is hard to express how happy I am about this.  Thank you, as well, to the metal fabricator and especially yourself for the idea of how to solve this without an exterior shield.”

Thank you Francois Desmarais and Sergio Ferino, for showing that the simple things we do matter.


What’s on the Road Map for Asset Strategy

The team is working on developing a draft Asset Strategy, something that we agree on to guide us.  The strategy is like a road map that we follow to assist in managing assets.  Once a draft has been developed, we will have feedback sessions where we will be looking at Building Operations staff to provide input.  With your input, this will guide us through the next steps of collecting information on assets.  The Asset Strategy “Road Map” has been posted opposite the Tool Crib.  Take a look at the road map and let us know what’s missing or what needs clarification.  Facilitated sessions to review the detailed strategy will be scheduled for mid-July.

Stay tuned!


Come run and have fun at the Annual Run Canada Day 10K/5K & 1K Kids Run & Seniors Walk

Get in the spirit of Canada Day!  Come run the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park then enjoy the post-race refreshments and a Canada Day cake in UBC Wesbrook Village.  First time on the trails, no problem as they will be having FREE orientation evening runs from the UBC Running Room.  For more information or to register, check the Run Canada Day website.


Join the 2015 Ride for Clean Energy on August 8

Cycle for the health of our environment to support research projects aimed at creating a sustainable society.  Established by the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation, The Ride for Clean Energy honours Tyler Lewis, a UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student to tragically passed away in 2012.

The ride starts at Harrison Mills and ends in Maple Ridge; a 71-km journey touring through the B.C. Lower Mainland.  In case a 71-km cycle is too much of a challenge, a shorter course is an option.

More information can be found at the Tyler Lewis Foundation’s 2015 Ride for Clean Energy website.


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