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.
Facilities Services News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.