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UCR campus operations update

The safety of our campus community remains our priority. All campus community members accessing campus facilities must continue to follow all established COVID-19 prevention guidelines and their department’s Worksite Specific Plan. As we move toward the fall and increased building occupancy, there are a number of changes building occupants should be made aware of prior...

UCR creates new COVID cleaning crew

UC Riverside has created a new team of Facilities Services employees specializing in cleaning campus areas that have potentially been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The team, made up of 15 custodial and housekeeping employees who volunteered for the task, attended training sessions starting in January, completing the last one in early March.

Keeping the campus safe and clean

New equipment, changing schedules, and enhanced cleaning protocols — these are some of the ways the daily routines of UC Riverside Facilities Services staff members have been altered over the past year. The department, which includes custodial, landscaping, and maintenance services, has had many of its employees continuing to work on campus from the start...
By IMRAN GHORI |

Facilities Services and Environmental Health and Safety Launch COVID Cleaning Program

In January, Facilities Services (FS) and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) collaborated to launch a campus COVID cleaning program, to provide volunteer FS staff with elevated knowledge and expertise on cleaning campus locations during the pandemic. Made up of 15 volunteers from various departments within FS, staff members attended decontamination trainings to learn how to...

Facilities Services Shares Campus Service Updates

Dear Colleagues, I would like to take a moment to provide an update on recent changes to services provided by Facilities Services (FS). Two main issues have driven these changes: (a) COVID-19 related impacts associated with work curtailment during the campus closure and keeping the campus as safe as possible and (2) the financial challenges...

FAMIS Downtime - Friday, 8/28 from 10:00 p.m. until Saturday, 8/29 at 4:00 a.m..

On Friday, August 28th, the Facilities Services Work Order System (FAMIS) is scheduled to be transferred to a new data center as a part of the Information Technology Services (ITS) Project Genesis. As a result, FAMIS will be unavailable on Friday, August 28th from 10:00 p.m. until Saturday, August 29th at 4:00 a.m.. During the...

Facilities Services' Campus Water Fountain Guidance

Dear Colleagues, In accordance with the recent state guidelines for higher education, beginning this week, all 255 traditional drinking fountains on the main campus will be unavailable for public use. Facilities Services (FS) and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) are partnering to bag all fountains and will place out of order signs on each location...

Facilities Services - Update on Minor Renovations

Dear Colleagues, I would like to take a moment to provide an update on the Minor Renovations schedule and process, where UCR Facilities Services self-performs smaller facilities renovation projects, as allowed by board policy. Prior to the campus closure our teams were performing work on 36 minor renovations that had been prioritized by Org Units...

Facilities Services Installs Hand Sanitizer Stations Across Campus

Facilities Services is pleased to announce that we have installed over 80 hand sanitizer stations across the campus community. These stations are currently located in all building main entrances and will be placed in general assignment classrooms when they return to use. Each station is marked with a sign which includes a station number and...

Facilities Services' Limited Services During the Campus Closure - Updated May 28, 2020

In an effort to return the campus to normal operating conditions, Facilities Services has increased its Custodial, Landscape, Refuse and Maintenance staff. Below is an overview of our current maintenance-focused services during the campus closure. Campus Custodial Services: Custodial Services have resumed routine cleaning with an emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting restrooms and common areas...

Keeping the campus safe and secure

The UC Riverside campus may be mostly empty, but the work of keeping it secure continues. Since the Riverside County stay-at-home order went into effect March 13, UC Riverside police, Environmental Health & Safety, and Facilities Services have been among the departments with staff working on campus performing critical duties. “Over the past few weeks...
By Imran Ghori |

Facilities Services Begins Energy Conservation Plan During Campus Closure

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Facilities Services began the first phase of our energy conservation plan with the goal of saving campus energy resources during the university's closure. David A. Palacios, Director of Energy & Engineering & the Campus Energy Manager, outlines the goal of the building setbacks, "one of our main priorities during the...

Aaron Uresti Presents at the ISSA North American Show in Las Vegas

Aaron Uresti and Sandra Martinez of Environmental Resource Services, attended the Healthy Green Schools and Colleges program at the ISSA North American show in Las Vegas. The Healthy Green Schools colleges program is a two-day educational seminar (hosted by The Healthy Schools Campaign) at the trade show where facility managers working in educational facilities are...

Facilities Services Donates to the R'Pantry

This holiday season with the generous contributions of UCR maintenance and custodial staff, Facilities Services were able to donate 6 bins full of food items and toiletries to the R'Pantry on campus. R'Pantry is the UC Riverside food pantry in response to student needs for resource and to improve their health well-being. Food insecurity is...

Meet Our Energy Interns

In May 2019, Facilities Services (FS) welcomed Alejandro Gonzalez, Brandon Moffett, and Leo Ngo to the Energy team to assist Energy Manager, David Palacios and Energy Engineer, Chad Sisco with various energy and utility applications such as energy efficiency and savings, utility infrastructure, smart-metering and sustainability initiatives. Since the start of the program, the interns...

Linden Street Lane Closure to Install RPU Water Main Lines

The North District construction project management team has received notification from Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) that they will be onsite to install the two water main lines from the Linden Street main line in to the project sites. the water main that is being connected to is located along the southern edge of Linden Street...

Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 3, 2019

To prepare for the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, November 3, 2019, Facilities Services is working to adjust the exterior lighting schedules for campus buildings and walkways to ensure a safe and secure campus environment for our students, faculty, and staff. To accommodate this time change, exterior building and walkway lights will be...

Facilities Services Campus Valuation Process Began on Wednesday, October 30th

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Facilities Services (FS) partnered with Global Risk Consultants to complete an onsite property valuation. The purpose of the visit was to provide UCR with an opinion of Replacement Cost for insurance purposes. Who To ensure safety and security during the assessment, our Building Zone Manager, Enrico Baez, escorted a small...

Congratulations, "Get Recognized Award" Recipient, Theodore Mendoza

Facilities Services is proud to recognize Senior Custodian, Theodore Mendoza, as the May/June Staff Assembly “Get Recognized Award” recipient for his dedication to the UCR Arts and the California Museum of Photography. According to the award nomination, upon receiving his assignment at UCR ARTS, Mendoza immediately took ownership over the locations by going above and...

How to get around campus during a construction boom

New construction work is in full swing at UC Riverside, and with it come some growing pains. The campus community can continue to see some road, pathway, and other closures accompanying the work in the coming months. Five major projects are already underway with more, including the Student Success Center, kicking off soon in what...
By Imran Ghori |