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.
Facilities Services News
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.
With the transition to in-house custodial services on the Knoxville campus now complete, the Building Services division of UT’s Facilities Services is making the same change at the Institute of Agriculture.
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.
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.
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.
This month the Building Services division of UT’s Facilities Services will transfer six more buildings to in-house custodial services, completing its transition of the main campus.
A new way to clean campus buildings is boosting efficiency as UT switches more office space to its in-house cleaning service. The Total Cleaning initiative emphasizes nightly cleaning of public areas such as classrooms, lobbies, and bathrooms to give campus buildings an overall improved appearance. “With our goal to become a Top 25 university, we need to improve the curb appeal of our facilities,” said Gordon Nelson, assistant director in Building Services.
David Brown has seen a lot of changes at UT over the years, but one thing remains constant—his appreciation for the work he does here. Brown, who currently drives the UT Recycling truck, recently celebrated forty-five years with the university.
UT’s Facilities Services employees are sporting an updated look—light gray shirts and charcoal pants. The new uniforms come as part of the department’s reorganization effort, which is in line with the university’s long-range master plan and its goal to become a Top 25 public research university.