Facilities Services News

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.

New UT Cleaning Philosophy Shines

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.

UT “Like Home” for David Brown

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.