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Learn More About Electrical Geo Zone Pilot on September 27

In the September 18 edition of the newsletter we announced that electrical maintenance geographical zone model will start October 1. This changes will provide a higher level of service to our customers to allow them to continue with the great work that they do, allow us to be more efficient and to increase planned preventive maintenance.

For anyone who is interested in speaking more about the electrical geographic zone pilot, please feel free to drop into the Mechanical Conference Room (USB Room 0003C) on Thursday, September 27, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm. The zone review project team will be there, including Deb Capps. Have your say! Your questions and feedback are welcomed.


Building Ops Delivers Service Excellence at COPP Building

We would like to share a feedback we received from the Department of Zoology:

“My name is Joanne and I work for the Department of Zoology in the COPP building. I just wanted to comment on the timely response of Mark Donald Jones who is the facility manager for the COPP building.  I was put in touch with Mark regarding an inquiry to turn off heating in an individual room.  He came to see me and talked with me on how to solve the issue of overheating in a room that we keep aquatic animals in.  He was friendly and responsive to my concerns.  He followed up in a few days by sending me Mikey (from the sheet metal division).  Mikey was very friendly and helpful.  He told me exactly what he was going to do and that he would be able to build and put a new damper into the heating vent so that we could shut off/down the heat supply to this room if he could not find one.  In the end, he was able to find a damper for that system farther down the line (he had to systematically remove ceiling tiles to check each section of pipe for a possible damper).  He was able to shut off most of the heat to this room and my animals are now enjoying a more comfortable temperature rather than overheating.  I just wanted to say I really appreciated the quick response of Mark and Mikey to helping me figure out a solution to this heating issue.  And thank you for being so friendly and easy to talk to about it.  Keep up the great work!”

Thank you Service Centre for sharing this message.


Asset Stewardship

Ever Heard of Fall Cleaning? Building Ops Fleet Vehicles are Scheduled for Fall Cleaning

To address concerns/reports regarding workplace environment due to the condition of the vehicles, all fleet vehicles are scheduled for interior and exterior cleaning starting September 28. On Friday, September 28, all smart cars will not be available for use. Plan your trips with your shop vehicles.  The balance of the vehicles will be cleaned over the next few weekends.  This weekend we are focusing on the vehicles with assigned parking stalls at USB.  Please ensure that you remove all garbage and personal belonging and that all smart vehicles are parked in their assigned parking stalls.


Leadership Development

Calvin Cheung Joins Building Operations as the Municipal Services Manager for the Labour Division

Let’s welcome Calvin Cheung to his new position as the Municipal Services Manager for the Labour Division. Calvin brings with him 15 years of experience in project management, risk management, municipal works and asset maintenance & management. Calvin started his career with UBC in 2007 and progressed through various safety and emergency management positions until 2013 where he moved on from his position as the Emergency and Continuity Planner to the role of Director, Operations and Risk Management with the University Neigbourhoods Association (UNA). In this role Calvin managed the planning, development and ongoing operations and maintenance of assets and infrastructure within the residential neighbourhoods at UBC. Calvin developed successful partnerships with University stakeholders and external agencies, which strengthened the short and long-term operational sustainability of the UNA. Most recently, Calvin held a project management position with Colliers Project Leaders, where he was assigned to the BC Hydro portfolio, to lead the planning, design, and construction of capital infrastructure and building development projects.

Calvin holds a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and is a registered engineer under Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC). He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation, and Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) designation.

We look forward to Calvin rejoining UBC in his new capacity as Manager, Municipal Services, Labour Division and becoming an integral part of the Municipal and Building Operations team on October 1.


Check Out for Current Building Ops Job Postings

Know anyone interested in working in Building Operations? Let them know about our current job postings

  • #31279 Evening – Full-Time Service Worker
  • #31312 Day – Part-Time Service Worker
  • #31337 Millwright
  • #31339 Millwright

For full listings, check out designated job postings boards or visit UBC Careers.


Employee Engagement

Kids To Work Day Call for Volunteers

Kids to Work Day is on November 14. This event allows Grade 9 children of our staff to come and check out their parents’ workplace. The success of this events relies on your help. Please contact Caroline Soriano if you would like to be a part of the program.

Information on registration will be coming soon. Forms will be made available online.


Want Pancakes and Race or Spell? UBC Community United Way Campaign Kicks Off on October 9

UBC Community United Way Campaign is holding the 10th Annual Pancake Race on Tuesday, October 9th!

At this time, we have ZERO teams registered for this event. In order for this iconic event to take place, we require at least 10 teams to sign up. Final registration is at noon on Friday, October 5th.  Team Captains can register your team at

There are prizes to be won for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place as well as best costume! Visit for more event details. Hope to see you there!

If you’d rather showcase your spelling ability, join the United Way and UBC Library Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 11th. UBC Faculty, staff and students are invited to create a team of 4 – 10 people and compete for glory in this annual cross-campus event.

Contact Caroline Soriano if you want to join the Building Ops Bombeez Team. Feel free to start you own team, too!


Thank You for Joining Us at Harvest Feastival

Harvest Feastival 2018 was once again a success. It was a “cozy” night of food, art and culture to start the Fall season. Thank you to those who joined us at the feast. We hope to see you again next year.


Quick Updates


Reminder–report all injuries to First Aid immediately for proper care and documentation


Return All Smart Car Keys in the Cabinet and Ensure that These Are Used for Short-Term Trips Only


Leaving Building Operations Paul Hays


October 3 is Safety Day