Several changes have been made to the way campus buildings are being cleaned as Facilities Services transitions to its Total Cleaning program. The changes are part of UT’s move to bring all custodial services back in-house. For several years, Facilities Services crews and contract cleaning crews have shared the responsibility.
Facilities Services News
The campus’s Spring Cleanup is in its seventh week of tidying up around campus. The twelve-week campaign is an effort to declutter academic buildings by getting rid of surplus equipment, used furniture, trash, and recyclables. After six weeks, crews from Facilities Services have removed approximately 200 tons of surplus equipment and furniture from fourteen buildings.
In an effort to declutter academic buildings, a campus-wide spring-cleaning effort will begin April 16. Campus departments should use the Spring Cleanup as an opportunity to get rid of surplus equipment, used furniture, trash, and recyclables. Provost Susan Martin and Interim Vice Chancellor of Research Lee Riedinger are asking departments to make the Spring Cleanup a priority, and special resources are being dedicated to making it easier to move property out of campus buildings.
The Spring Clean-up aims to improve the look of our campus and to enhance safety by decluttering hallways and other spaces. The clean-up effort begins April 16. Below is the complete schedule for the Spring Clean-up.
Facilities Services is working with a contractor to determine the damage and wear and tear to the roofs on eighty-three buildings, including the Middlebrook Pike Building and the UT Conference Center. The core of the assessment involves taking thermo graphic surveys by helicopter flyovers throughout campus.
Now that the fall semester has ended, the campus has a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy consumption and utility costs. Facilities Services has set back or turned off heating and cooling systems in campus spaces that do not house research laboratories, animal care facilities, server rooms, or other temperature-sensitive operations.
David Irvin has been named associate vice chancellor for facilities services for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He will begin on October 3. Irvin has more than thirty years of experience in university facilities and maintenance, and is currently associate vice president for plant operations at the University of Houston and the associate vice chancellor for plant operations for the university system.
The top three candidates for the associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services will visit campus beginning this week to participate in open forums with the campus community. Each forum will take place from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. in the Haslam Business Building West Wing, room 440.
In an effort to expand availability and increase its level of customer service, the UT Knoxville Facilities Services department has launched the Facilities One Call program. Beginning April 5, members of the campus community can call one phone number, 24 hours a day, any day of the year and speak live with a Facilities Services representative. The number is 865-946-7777, or 6-7777 if you are calling from a campus phone.
Facilities Services has launched an online Customer Satisfaction Survey to evaluate the quality of work completed on campus and to seek out and eliminate ongoing issues. If you have requested work or interacted with members of Facilities Services over the past year, please take a moment to fill out the survey. The survey is currently active and will remain open through October 30th. For more information call 974-2510.