Facilities Stores Customer Experience Survey

Municipal Services would like to hear about your experience interacting with the Stores counter. Your valuable feedback will allow us to make informed decisions and enhance customer experience.

In the coming months, we will also be implementing digital storage lockers that will be located across the Stores counter to more efficiently distribute non-inventory items when they become available for teams to pick up.

This survey takes 2 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and respondents in no way will be identified personally. Results will be reported in aggregate only.

Complete the survey

UBC’s New Cogen Engine arrives on April 6

UBC’s replacement cogeneration engine is now on its way to the Vancouver campus.

The Jenbacher J-612 engine-and-generator package replaces the original J-620 package. The new J-612 is arriving on Thursday, April 6, 2023. This beast-of-an-engine will be crane-lifted off the delivery truck and gently rolled into its home inside the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF) engine room.

“These Jenbacher engines have a 60,000-hour life span (10 years) and then they need to be sent to Austria for a rebuild,” explained Jason Rako, the BRDF’s Chief Engineer. “The J-612 is a bit smaller than the J-620 but will provide the same electrical power output. I also expect it to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.”

Refer to the document for more information, including the detailed lifting plan and checklist of requirements.

Cogeneration is an industrial process where waste heat from an engine, usually lost to the environment, is captured and used – greatly improving energy efficiency. The cogeneration module at the BRDF produces electricity and heat for the UBC Vancouver campus.

Upcoming road closures on UBC Vancouver campus as of March 17, 2023

The following road closures are expected around the UBC Vancouver campus as of March 17, 2023. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

  • District Energy System (DES) work on University Boulevard west of Wesbrook Mall from April 17–19: The westbound lane on University Boulevard will be closed from April 17 through August 19. Please refer to the high-level plan of work and detour routes for the first period of work. During this time, there will be no parking along University Boulevard.
  • Walter Gage Road closed for Brock Commons: Walter Gage Road east of East Mall will remain closed until ~Fall 2023. |
  • The new Food and Beverage Innovation Centre building is underway: Hospital Lane will be fully closed during most of the construction. There will be intermittent single-lane closures on East Mall to facilitate utility work.
  • DES work on Student Union Boulevard Until March 24: The eastbound lane on Student Union Boulevard will be closed for up to two weeks for repaving starting March 20. 

Learn more

Updated zone list 

The Zone list (see attached) has been updated as of March 16, 2023. Please note that the following update was made:

  • Blue Utility Worker – Vacant 
  • Brown/Grey Painter - Vacant 

People in motion

  • Andrew Carr has been promoted to Head Mechanic in Building Operations within Facilities as of March 13. He will be the point of contact for vehicle service requests and vehicle upfitting. Congrats, Andrew!  

Job openings

All positions at UBC are available on the UBC HR Careers website, or through the career application in your Workday account. Please note that applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to the posting end date. The following VPFO positions are currently open:

  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technician (JR11851) – 03/22/2023
  • Evening - Full-Time Service Worker (JR11951) – 03/22/2023
  • Auxiliary Service Worker (JR10999) – 03/23/2023
  • Custodial Scheduler (JR11943) – 03/28/2023
  • Trades 2 - Plumber (JR11966) – 03/31/2023
  • SubHead Trades 2 - Plumber (JR11970) – 03/31/2023
  • Trades 3 - Mechanic (Heavy Duty Ticket Preferred) (JR12009) – 03/31/2023
  • Project Manager 1 (JR11920) – 04/03/2023
  • Labourer 2 (Seasonal) (JR11189) – 06/30/2023

Don't forget to apply as an internal candidate! Please review the Apply for an Internal Job Posting guide in the Workday Knowledge Base for instructions on how to apply. Reminder to attach a copy of your resume when you apply for a career opportunity in Workday.

Weekly Emergency Tip: Know your risks 

Knowing the potential disasters and hazards that exist in your area is an important part of emergency preparedness, and will help you properly prepare. Earthquakes and wildfires are the first that come to mind, but many others can affect us.  

To further minimize the impacts of an emergency on students, faculty, staff, visitors, infrastructure, and the environment, we recommend practicing your response so you’re not just prepared, but prepared to act.

For more information about emergencies and how to take action, visit ready.ubc.ca/take-action

Managing your mental health

HR has collected mental health resources to help you manage your ups and downs. 

As a manager or leader, you play an important role in supporting your mental health and that of your teams. Complete the new required training: Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers and Supervisors.

Representatives are always available for a confidential conversation:

  • Monica Haab (monica.haab@ubc.ca): Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, Customer Services & Informatics, and Infrastructure Development
  • Gregor MacDonald (gregor.macdonald@ubc.ca): Custodial Services and Municipal Services

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offers an extensive suite of services to support you – from providing wellness coaching or advising on family issues to offering legal support. Access the EAP confidential services through LifeWorks, by calling 1-866-424-0770. 

In case you've missed it 

In case you've missed it Here is a quick recap of key events and information that you may have missed. For more details, please click on the links below or refer to our weekly portfolio newsletter, VPFO Update.

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UBC Facilities is part of the VP Finance & Operations (VPFO) Portfolio, and includes six departments—Building Operations, Custodial Services, Customer Services & Informatics, Energy & Water Services, Infrastructure Development, and Municipal Services.

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