Congratulations everyone! Today’s go-live of Planon marks a significant milestone for the Facilities team and our UBC community. The efforts required — from our evaluation and selection of Planon, to undergoing design, configuration, testing and training, to go-live today — have been significant and the implementation of this system has not been a simple task.
We are now only one month away from the November 2 go-live date for Planon and Workday. The opportunities are exciting, as Planon will provide the Facilities team with significantly enhanced power to effectively manage and maintain the university’s physical assets, and Workday will provide us with better access to the financial and human resources information we need for our day-to-day work.
It has been encouraging to see the gradual resumption of research, programs and activities on campus in accordance with UBC’s COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework. In addition to increased research activity, you can also expect an increased number of faculty working on campus over the coming months and some smaller classes and lab courses, that cannot practically be held online, will be delivered in-person. Student Housing is currently expecting overall residence occupancy of approximately 40-45% this fall.
It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our friend and dear colleague Lorraine Beckett. This is a very difficult loss for us all. If there is any comfort, it is knowing that Lorraine passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
It’s great to see that the COVID-19 curve is flattening in BC and we’ll soon be able to begin a careful easing of restrictions. I know that we’re all eagerly anticipating our next steps at UBC, so I want to highlight some recent updates from the university, and what it means for us in the Facilities group.