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April 13: Crane lift for USB & Chem E rooftop unit

The crane lift for USB and Chemistry E rooftop unit installation have now been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021, starting at 7:00 a.m.

This work will be conducted in two locations  above the Project Services office in USB, and then moving over to Chemistry Block E. The old units will be removed and replaced with a new unit on the same day. 

At the USB location, a lift will be parked at the front of the USB parking lot for the day to complete this work. On April 13, 2021, all vehicles that park in the front parking lot of USB will need to park in lot B4 at the end of their shift on April 12, 2021. Lot B4 is located off Agronomy Road to the right of Orchard Commons.   

The electric vehicles will be moved to West Parkade overnight and an email notification will be provided advising those who wish to use them on April 13, 2021 with their locations.

Approval required to access the Rare Books & Special Collections and Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Building Operations staff are required to get prior approval before accessing the Rare Books & Special Collections (RBSC), Archives, Vault, and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Clients would prefer at least two business days’ notice prior to visits. Please notify the Facilities Manager Jeetender Amritsar (jeetender.amritsar@ubc.cato obtain approval from the client. Reminder to maintain physical distancing when entering these spaces. 

Please note that visits to these spaces are not covered by the RBSC/UA COVID-19 safety plans and unapproved visits present WorkSafeBC issues. Below are the locations to RBSC and ASRS.

Technicians should only log into Planon PMFSapp with one device

If you are a technician using the Planon Mobile Field Services (PMFS), you need to choose whether you will use an iPad or an iPhone to log into Planon. The PMFS app does not sync across devices. For example, if you login to Planon on an iPad to complete a Preventative Maintenance checklist, and then grab your iPhone for a reactive job, the PMFS app will contain different information. You might have work orders on one device that don’t show up on the other. In other words, you can’t use an iPhone on one day, and an iPad on another. Please select and stick with one device.

For questions, or if this is a major hindrance to your work, please contact Deb Capps,  to talk through a solution that will allow you to use two devices, though not simultaneously.

Decommission of the Power House

UBC Water Supply Centre, the new water pump station near Martha Piper Plaza is now completed. The old water mains at the Power House is scheduled to be disconnected between April 9 and April 14, 2021.

During this transition, there will be changes to the flow of water in UBC’s pipes, however, disruptions are not anticipated. As the old system gets turned over to the new, there may be some cloudiness or discoloration in the water.

In the event that you see water from a tap that it is not as you regularly see it, please run your cold water tap, or flush a toilet to help remove the water from the system. The discoloration in the water may not be aesthetically pleasing, but is safe to use for consumption or food preparation.

ISC Update on Critical Priorities

Workday and the Integrated Service Centre (ISC) have now been live for four months. The system and ISC operations are stabilizing and a number of major milestones have been reached including the successful implementation of the first Workday release since November. Moving forward to the next three months, the ISC has shared an update and highlights of critical priorities

EDI resource – Microaggressions Part 1 & 2

There is nothing “micro” about the impacts of microaggressions.

Addressing microaggressions is a crucial step to helping all students, faculty, and staff thrive to their full potential. Read the latest 2-part series, presented by the VPFO EDI Committee, to learn more:

Managing your mental health

HR has collected mental health resources to help you manage your ups and downs. Our Facilities HR representative Sonia Lachar ( is always available for a confidential conversation.

Bright Ideas: We want to hear from you!

We know this year has been filled with COVID-19 information and adapting to new changes both in the workplace and at home, and you may not have had time to present your Bright Ideas.  

But we are always look forward to hearing your input on operational efficiencies as well as any new and fresh ideas you have to share with the department. A Bright Idea submission can also lead to winning one of our staff awards at the end of the year!

We encourage everyone in Building Operations to submit their Bright Ideas that contribute to the success of our five departmental strategic priorities:  

  • Employee Engagement  
  • Leadership Development  
  • Asset Stewardship  
  • Innovation  
  • Customer Experience 

Please visit to learn more and submit your Bright Idea.  If your Bright Idea is selected, you will be contacted and possibly asked for a follow up meeting to further expand on your idea.    

Weekly Emergency Tip: Emergency Car Kits

Emergency car kits are an essential part of our personal emergency preparedness. Whether we are commuting to and from work or going on a family vacation, we spend increasing amounts of time on the road. A good emergency car kit should have the following items:

  • Water and energy bars
  • Flashlight and road flares
  • Booster cables
  • Blanket and extra clothes
  • First aid kit

For a complete emergency car kit list check out Government of Canada’s Get Prepared website at;


Job ID 38594  – Sub-Head Tool Crib/Store Operator