Facilities Services News

Facilities Services to Implement New Computer System August 15

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On August 15, Facilities Services will begin using Archibus, a new computerized system for scheduling, dispatching, managing, and reporting maintenance tasks. The new system will increase efficiency and reduce operational costs by making greater use of self-service capabilities, which also increases customer satisfaction.

Facilities Services and Police Ask for Employee Help with Keeping Campus Beautiful

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In an effort to maintain the quality and beauty of our campus, UT Facilities Services and UT Police are asking for your help with wiping out graffiti. During the past few weeks, Facilities Services crews and UTPD have reported a disturbing increase in the number of “tags,” which are not only an eyesore on campus and costly to remove, but they can also cause permanent damage to UT buildings.

Campus-Wide Steam Outage Set for May 12-18

Facilities Services will conduct a seven day campus-wide steam outage in May. This outage is part of the project to upgrade the steam plant from coal fired boilers to natural gas.

Steam Plant Conversion Project Underway

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The UT steam plant conversion project is now well underway with the dismantling of the first of the plant’s coal-fired boilers. The project is designed to eliminate coal use completely by transitioning to natural gas.

New Director of Design Services Has Close Ties with UT

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Andy Powers has been named UT Facilities Services’ new director of design services. A 1982 UT graduate, Powers has worked for a number of local Knoxville design firms, and much of his career as an architect has been focused on UT projects.

Facilities Services Supervisor Honored with Patriot Award

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Construction Services Director Tim Tomlinson has been honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Tomlinson was nominated for the award by Sergeant Willard Pippin of the Facilities Services Electric Shop.

Help Acknowledge a Facilities Services Employee

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Facilities Services has named Gary Robertson its first Employee of the Month Award recipient. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to take part and nominate a hardworking and dedicated member of the Facilities Services team for the Employee of the Month Award.

Chancellor Hosts Breakfast for Facilities Workers Battling Cold-Weather Issues

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Facilities Services employees were recognized this week for their service above and beyond the call of duty during recent freezing weather. Chancellor Cheek invited more than 170 employees to breakfast to extend his personal thanks. This month’s plummeting temperatures, rain, and snow have resulted in broken pipes and flooding at numerous sites around campus. Employees have worked extended shifts to address the problems.