October 29, 2015

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Rat chewed cables causing power outages

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Labour and Electrical crews worked quickly to minimize impact of the power outage that affected the First Nations Longhouse and the Fraser Parkade.  A mighty rat chewed some cables in the transformer causing the power outage at around 5:30 this morning.  Crews had the power back up by 11 am.

Plumbers, Utility Workers and Building Services Workers handled flooding in Brock West

Both teal and green zone plumbers cleared the blockage between the washroom and the manhole just outside the south west corner of Brock West building. Utility workers were on the scene performing flood control.  When the line was cleared, evening shift custodial services cleaned and sanitized the affected areas.

Dean of Dentistry Shows Appreciation for the Custodial Team at Strangway Building


In appreciation of the excellent work of the Strangway custodial team, the Dean of Dentistry hosts a breakfast yearly.  Kudos to the Strangway team for a job well done! You are awesome.

Updated list of buildings served by the DES as of October 29 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.

Shutdown Process Enhancements Underway

We heard that you have some concerns with the current shutdown process. To address this, we have initiated the Shutdown Enhancement project being led by Kishani Gibbons. Kishani will meet with key stakeholders in the shutdown process to understand process, system constraints and inefficiencies.  She will be working with Customer Services, Trades, Project Services and the PeopleSoft Technical Support Team to make this process work for you.  We will keep you updated on the progress through the newsletter.

Come by and check out the pumpkins in the USB Atrium and be the judge!

Dressed in your favourite Halloween costume or come just as you are, pick your favorite pumpkin which will be on display in the USB atrium on Friday, October 30 at 11:30 am. While you check out the carved pumpkins on display, why not enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie and have a taste of the beverages from our coffee machine.

See you there!

Check out completed asset templates in the USB hallway

Well Then

The EAOS Team is happy to announce that all templates are completed for the Food, Nutrition and Health Building pilot. Bill Guest and Jeff Smith will begin the asset data collection process on Monday, November 2. Want to see what we’re collecting? Have a look at the templates along the USB hallway.  More to be posted soon!


Support the United Way and Win money, and a Chance to Win hockey tickets to the Canucks/Calgary Flames game

Building Operations will start selling 50/50 tickets tomorrow, October 30, for the United Way Campaign.  Ticket sales will end on November 6 at 11:30 am.  The winning ticket will be drawn at noon in the Carpentry Shop.

Ticket sales will start again the following week until November 13 at 11:30 am for a second draw. The winning ticket will be drawn at noon in the Electrical Shop.

Then all tickets from both sales will be combined for a chance to win hockey tickets to the Canucks/Calgary Flames game on February 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm (section 103, row 17, seats 3 & 4).

You can buy 3 tickets for $5 or an arm’s length for $10.  Come judge the pumpkins, enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie and coffee, and buy your tickets.  You’ll never know, you may be the lucky winner!

Participate in UBC Thrive and Promote ‘Not Myself’ Campaign

You are invited to participate in the ‘Not Myself’ Campaign of UBC Thrive. The goal is to promote building positive mental health for all staff, faculty and students and create a work environment where you can feel safe and comfortable learning about mental health.

UBC Thrive Week is from November 2 – 6. Choose from over fifty Thrive activities and events that promote building skills and habits to improve positive mental health. Topics include workplace mental health, meditation and mindfulness, learning how to speak up, preventing bullying and harassment, building resiliency, and engaging in healthy physical and nutritional habits. Find an event at thrive.ubc.ca and help build a happier and healthier community.

Did you know you have your own UBC E-mail address?

Following the communications snapshot last year, you told us that you would like to have access to a UBC e-mail address for personal use. Good news! You’ll be happy to hear that we have gone ahead and created e-mail accounts for all Building Operations employees that do not use emails for work purposes. However, it is up to you if you want to use this email address or not.

How do you access your account?  Easy…follow the directions at http://www3.buildingoperations.ubc.ca/staff/communications/using-ubc-email/

Quick Updates

Nominations for the 2015 Staff Excellence Awards Is Now Open

NPS Score increased by 1 point to 88%

Stores will be closing at 4PM this week