The 2015 spring cleaning effort kicks off on March 16 with the goal of decluttering and improving the look of academic buildings.
Facilities Services News
Looking for spring landscaping tips? The landscaping experts at Facilities Services are hosting a workshop, Facilities Fundamentals: Helpful Tips for the DIY Gardener, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the International House Great Room.
Many Facilities Services teams routinely go beyond the call of duty in performing their jobs. To honor these employees, the department recently instituted its Exceptional Team Award.
In addition to a bowl game win, UT finished the season ranked second nationally in the “Total Recycling” category of the 2014 national GameDay Recycling Challenge. The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a competition that invites universities nationwide to see which can produce the least amount of waste on campus during football games.
Spring semester has arrived, and it’s now peak season for our efforts to transform our campus. Several ongoing projects will soon cross major milestones, while a few new upgrades will kick off later this spring.
Dozens of Facilities Services employees sported pink last Wednesday to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on campus. The department’s “Wear Pink Day” was launched this year to support and recognize those who have been touched by the disease.
UT’s historic Hopecote guest house is currently undergoing upgrades. Workers will remove the home’s hail-damaged slate-tile roof, repair the structure underneath, install new water and ice-resistant roofing layers, and add new gutters and downspouts.
In its first year, a Facilities Services employee involvement program has been a valuable resource. In the fall of 2013, Facilities Operations Director Bob Caudill created Process Improvement Team (PIT) crews for the division’s Building Services group. The idea behind the creation of PIT crews was twofold—to give employees a platform to speak their minds about day-to-day operations and to gain vital insights from team members.
Big changes are already taking place at the UT Steam Plant as part of its ongoing conversion project. The project, which began in March, includes the elimination of coal use at the plant through the replacement of the plant’s coal-fired boilers with high-efficiency, natural gas/fuel oil boilers.
Two Facilities Services directors have been elected to new positions within the Associated Valley Industries, a nonprofit organization of approximately sixty-eight industrial, commercial, and institutional companies within the Tennessee Valley Authority service area that are served by TVA’s local power distributors, such as the Knoxville Utilities Board. Zone Maintenance Director Terry Ledford has been elected the organization’s president after serving on its board of directors for several years, and Utilities Director Roy Warwick has been elected to the organization’s board.