Design & Project Management (DPM) recently completed a needed upgrade and replacement of existing equipment for the School of Dentistry’s Westwood Dental Clinic. The scope involved replacing two single chamber washer/sterilization units and upgrading the existing utilities needed for its operation. The new equipment will meet the demands for the highest volume sterile processing and allow for flexibility while reprocessing a wide array of surgical instruments with multiple rack configurations.
The FM Flooring Shop recently completed a sorely needed flooring replacement on the A-level of Moore Hall that serves as a small but powerful example of the importance of these employees to the campus and its appearance. The before and after photos below show the significance of the improvement provided, which left Dean Tina Christie extremely grateful for the work. This project also demonstrates the true benefit of our FM Zone Inspection Program and the recurring meetings the FM AVC holds with our clients.
UCLA Sustainability has been working diligently to reduce what the university is throwing away, and protect air, water and soil from pollution. They have been encouraging UCLA students and staff to help reduce waste and increase diversion to landfill through participation in the Think Outside the Landfill Challenge.
Key LADWP customer, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) received a nearly $1.4 million rebate for energy efficiency upgrades at its Broad Art Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Facilities Managements' Masons, Carpenters and Sheet Metal Workers recently provided a huge safety enhancement for visitors of UCLA’s sprawling Botanical Garden. A steep and crude walkway leading down into the Garden from Tiverton Avenue had deteriorated over time and did not feature any sort of safety handrail, creating a significant fall hazard. When Garden Director Victoria Sork brought this to FM’s attention, Dave Lamberth, Masons & Roofing Supervisor, went to work assembling the materials and skilled FM Shops resources needed to remedy the situation.
Over the past ten months, while much of the UCLA campus community worked remotely during a statewide Safer-At-Home directive, the majority of the FM team continued to report to campus each day to wield their amazing skills and keep UCLA operational. This group included the FM Trades, Custodial & Grounds, Material Management, Trouble Call Center, Design & Project Management Project Superintendents, and a small but vital cadre of the other support personnel in and out of FM’s operational units.
FM’s Electrical Team recently completed a challenging lighting repair project on the exterior stairwell of the eight-story Broad Art Center. The failed lighting fixtures could only be accessed from the building’s exterior, requiring the electrical workers to use a large boom truck to reach the extended heights required.
The employees who participated on the project included Lead Electrician Jeremy Atteberry, Facilities Mechanic Xai Yang, Facilities Worker Jason Mair, Facilities Mechanic Norman Lopez and Facilities Worker Roberto Ramirez.
On March 16, a newly constructed Gender Inclusive Restroom (GIRR) was opened in Moore Hall, the fifth oldest building on the UCLA campus. This achievement adds to the inventory of over 300 GIRRs on the UCLA campus! FM partnered with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS) to share the cost of constructing the new restroom. FM would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dean Marcelo M.
During the recent winter break, FM made some very noticeable and much needed improvements to 25 General Assignment Classrooms (GACs) in Public Affairs and Kaplan Hall. Fifteen GACs in Public Affairs received new furniture (desks/chairs), and the furniture removed from Public Affairs was repurposed to improve ten GACs on the A Level of Kaplan Hall. These improvements were spearheaded by Maintenance & Alterations Project Manager Daniel Phan, and will be greatly appreciated by our students when they return to classes in January!
In June 2019, Facilities Management (FM) introduced FM Mobile. The initiative is in response to a 2017 Facilities Assessment and Customer Survey that identified opportunities for a greater degree of communication, reliability and timeliness of projects for FM clients. Client expectations continue to evolve, and as a service-oriented organization, FM has turned to mobile technology to create a seamless experience for end users - FM’s field technicians who have direct contact with clients.
As part of an initiative to increase bottle-filling capabilities in UCLA campus buildings, Facilities Management recently kicked off the 25 Thirsty Buildings Project. This initiative to transition from plastic water bottle usage to tap water is another step to move UCLA closer to zero waste to landfill.