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Construction update: September project list available

Infrastructure Development and UBC Properties Trust’s September 2020 project list is now available.

Working in your building

The Facilities team recognize that various units in our team, by nature of their work, are required to enter different UBC buildings to carry out their task. As such, a safe work procedure to outline the measures that our workers will be following has been developed by Safety & Risk Services.

Erin Kastner, a sustainability champion for twenty years

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sustainability Coordinator program, Campus & Community Planning spoke to Erin Kastner, Geospatial Information Manager with Energy & Water Services on her role and commitment in the creation of the Workplace Sustainability Fund, her participation in creating Sustainability Coordinators Program content, as well as piloting for a Certification and a Sustainability “Tri-Mentoring” program.

Philip Beck promoted as new Head in Soft Landscape, Municipal Services with Building Operations

Philip Beck is the successful candidate for the new Soft Landscape head position that was introduced to support Chris Longford, head of the Soft Landscape team. Chris and Phil will work closely together to manage a growing team of over 35 people on the Soft Landscape team.

Kayna Merchant joins UBC as Facilities Architectural Manager with Building Operations

Kayna is joining the Transition Team as Facilities Architectural Manager, reporting to Nikii Hoglund, Director of Asset Replacement and Improvements. In this new role, Kayna will be working closely with the Architectural Trades Team to gain a fulsome understanding of architectural maintenance considerations to provide a better balance of the diverse needs of multiple stakeholders within UBC.

Looking ahead to Fall 2020

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.

Safe reoccupancy for your building & spaces

With the gradual and phased reoccupancy of the university, we want to remind faculty and staff that the Facilities Group will require a minimum of five business days notice before a building is ready for reoccupancy. Our custodial and trades staff are currently working on rotation, and we will require advance notice in order to more effectively schedule our teams to prepare your space for safe reoccupancy.

Hoi Ying Yu joins Building Operations as Contract Manager

Hoi will be responsible for managing Building Operations’ service contracts and oversee internal revenue generating contracts. She will be working closely with the trades, project coordinators, and managers to ensure Building Operations’ Preventative Maintenance and Service contracts continue providing value to UBC.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA) Great Hall Renewal Open House

Due to precautions in place for COVID-19, public consultation for this project will take place online on Monday, June 29. Join the meeting anytime between 4:30-6:30 p.m. Construction is anticipated to start mid-late September 2020.

In memory of Lorraine Beckett

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.