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Asset Stewardship

Congratulations! The Robotic Scrubber Is Here

Custodial Services is proud to announce the arrival of the first 2 out of 7 robotic auto scrubbers to the  campus. The staff are currently undergoing training by the A&K Robotics team to learn how to use the equipment to gain the flexibility to do other tasks while the robot scrubs the floors.  A&K’s founding team are UBC alumni, and have been collaborating with Pam Voigt for about 4 years on this innovative tool with the goal of enabling our staff to clean more efficiently and with less physical strain.  The first 2 robots are working on the evening shift in Henry Angus and Life Sciences, and the next 5 are due to arrive late November. The official unveiling of the robot will be on Friday, Oct. 26th at 10:00am in the CPA Hall of Henry Angus with a demo of the robot at work.


Reminder Power House No Longer Accessible

To gain access in order to perform work in the power house, please submit a service request.


Service Vehicle Doors Can Open Ergonomically To Help You in Loading and Unloading

Did you know your vehicle doors can be opened further to allow better access and ergonomics while loading and unloading. Simply press and hold the yellow button on the door to open it further. Don’t forget to check for people or obstructions before doing so.


Employee Engagement

Want a Chance to Win a Prize this October? Submit a Bright Idea

On October 9 we re-launched Bright Ideas encouraging everyone in Building Operations to submit a bright idea or a staff excellence nomination. Every month, all submissions are reviewed and one submission gets to win a prize.

Do you have ideas that can save resources, improve service, increase safety or improve the quality of work life? Or do you know of a co-worker who has done exceptional work in either teamwork, leadership, customer service, health safety & wellness or innovation? It’s not too late to win a prize this October!

Visit to learn more or go to and fill out the online form.

We are looking for 2 – 3 staff members from every unit in Building Operations to be a member of the Bright Ideas Evaluation Committee. Interested? Let your manager know or email Caroline Soriano at by Friday, November 2, 2018.


Did You Drop, Cover and Hold On on October 18?

On October 18 (last Thursday) we participated in an annual province-wide earthquake drill at the specified time – 10:18 a.m. Emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.  It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life.

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Learn more about earthquake preparedness at


Sign Up Your Team and Display Your Pumpkin Carving Talent at the 2018 Pumpkin Carving for the Kids

Do you have what it takes to carve the most favoured pumpkin this year? Display your scariest or funniest work of art. The kids from Cariboo Daycare will be dressed in their best Halloween costumes, go Trick or Treating down the USB hallway and pick their favourite carved pumpkins.

Come join the fun and enjoy pumpkin pie and coffee. Contact Caroline Soriano to register your team. Boo!


Building Operations Participating in United Way Campaign

Building Operations will join External Affairs and will participate in a Bake Sale for United Way. If you are interested in donating your baked goods, please let your manager know by Friday,  November 2.

United Way of the Lower Mainland is a non-profit organization that delivers more than 300 programs and services to members of Lower Mainland communities and funds over 150 agencies. The UBC Community United Way Campaign is an annual workplace campaign that runs in the fall and creates a great opportunity for students, staff and faculty on campus to connect, network and raise funds for a great cause.

There are a number of ways in which you can support the campaign:

Visit and learn more.


Kids to Work Day Is November 14, 2018

Building Operations, Energy and Water Services, Student Housing & Hospitality Services and UBC Community Services are encouraging all parents with children in Grade 9 to bring them to work for the day on November 14, 2018. Registration is open until October 26, 2018. For more details or to register, contact Caroline Soriano at or at 604.822.4178.

Due to the nature of the work done in the university, and the potential safety hazards involved, a guided day of activities (including lunch) will be planned for students who are unable to spend the day on the job with their parent. Parents are also invited to the lunch.


Leadership Development

Check Out for Current Building Ops Job Postings

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

  • 31642 Day – Part-Time Service Worker

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


Quick Updates


Welcome to UBC: Jenniffer Sheel, Jose R. Teres, Treslyn Sundher


Leaving UBC: Mike Oertel


Flu Immunization Clinic on October 23 and 24

Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting the flu shot is your best protection against the flu bug.