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.
Facilities Services News
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.
If you notice the grass around campus is cut a little more often and the fall leaves are cleared a little faster and a little better, you can thank a unique partnership that’s helping UT Knoxville become more efficient and save money in the process.
The University of Tennessee is actively involved in community outreach, and UT Knoxville student and heating and air technician Barry Reeves is taking this idea to the next level. Reeves received the 2009 Chancellor’s Honors Award for Extraordinary Service to the University for creating an apprenticeship with UT Facilities Services.