Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer and Paul on their recent awards
We’re so proud and happy that they’re getting recognition for great work.
Jennifer Sanguinetti of Infrastructure Development received the Canada Green Building Council’s Volunteer Leadership Award.
Paul Holt of Energy and Water Services received the International District Energy Association’s Innovation Award for UBC’s Bio-Energy Research and Demonstration Facility.
This week’s special feature…Solutions Architect
Space performance is our way to enable top tier research and teaching at UBC. We are constantly making decisions and taking action to ensure these spaces are safe and reliable. Making an informed decision requires good data, which can be difficult or time consuming to get.
Solutions Architect Jeff Bondy works with the Building Ops departments to design and develop robust tools that provide accurate, useful information. These tools will allow staff to spend less time on manual tracking processes and more time on service and maintenance of UBC assets. The tools need to be flexible, easy to use, and available for the everyone—after all, it’s not useful if the information is only on one person’s computer!
Currently, Jeff is working on replacing the time card system. While time cards can track our vacation, illness, and overtime, they can also track our labour costs against buildings, systems, and projects (via the BOW number). Trying to find a software solution that balances our need for accurate data with ease of use will be the key to success here.
Jeff sees a bright future where these new tools feed into one central data store, allowing all of us to get accurate and consistent information—quickly and easily—so we can make the best decisions about the care and maintenance of our assets. “The right tool for the right job!”
Now available: Poster with AVED Projects on USB Main Floor
A new poster on the Main Floor just outside the Wellness Centre shows all current and upcoming AVED (Ministry of Advanced Education) major projects planned for this fiscal year. The projects will be updated regularly, and are categorized by their various project phases (discovery, construction, handover) and also by type of system. This can help inform you of renewal projects, help make repair decisions from assigned service requests or preventive maintenance inspections, and help see if a project overlaps with others/contractors. When you’re in the building, take a moment to review the projects relevant to you.
Updates to Student Boulevard Parking
Due to the new transit bus loop, Building Operations will no longer be able to park on Student Union Boulevard (marked in yellow). Parking is still available in loading bays (marked in blue).
USB Yard Safety: Limited Visibility…Use Caution
As part of the mechanical shop renovation, please be aware that the north side of the parking yard has started to increase with contractor activity. We will update you as specific site conditions change; however, best to slow down and use caution when traveling through this area.
Coming soon…parking on East Mall, adjacent to Wesbrook Building
Building Operations to secure parking on East Mall, adjacent to Wesbrook Building, as this will grant us access for the remainder of the BioSci project.
Vehicle users are responsible for basic vehicle housekeeping
Our fleet policy I-C-07 states that vehicle users are responsible for the basic housekeeping duties involved with vehicle operation. The user should ensure that the vehicle is kept free of debris/waste, materials/tools are stored neatly in the vehicle, and the vehicle exterior is kept clean (washing station is located at the South Campus MRF site). Additional daily and weekly responsibilities are outlined in Section 8.1 Vehicle Inspection Checklist. Please review the checklist if you are using any vehicles.
Driver’s License Verification Forms are due July 15th
A reminder to anyone that drives a Building Operations vehicle: please bring your Driver’s License to your Head or Manager and fill out the Driver’s License Verification form by Friday, July 15th.
No Smoking at the Botanical and Nitobe Gardens
The Botanical and Nitobe Gardens are tobacco-free environments. Smoking and tobacco products are not allowed on Garden property, including buildings, grounds, restrooms and parking lots. If you wish to smoke, please find another designated area.
Prevent Workplace Injuries with Good Planning and Hazard Assessments
With more staff in acting roles during the summer, we typically suffer from more workplace injuries. Let’s make an extra effort to prevent workplace injuries through good work planning and careful hazard assessments.