Monday, December 30, 2013

Caught In The Act

These employees have recently been recognized for going above and beyond expectations in Customer Service, Teamwork, Innovation, Safety, or Excellence

Connan Smith, Steve Hughes, Richard Smart, Alexander Adams, George Greenwood, Kim Collard, John Cross, Reed Behling, Sarah Jo Gordon, Kevin Williams, Brady Ryan

Monday, December 23, 2013

Fleet Services Releases New Reservation Module

Fleet Services has developed a new online reservation module for Internet Explorer users that will allow customers to make reservations for vehicles from its website. It will also allow customers and users to modify or cancel reservations from the same site. Vehicle reservations are for University needs only.

The previous system required the customer to call or email for reservations and any changes or modifications. The website has a link to a detailed document to help explain the module to customers. They have been running a pilot program for the past six weeks and are pleased with the results.
The online reservation program was made available to the University through an upgrade to its current information system. There will be a link from the Fleet Services website, and customers will need to use their operator ID to log into the system.

If you would like to see a demonstration of the system, please contact Dave Rees, manager of Fleet Services at (801)-581-8155.


If you would like to see a demonstration of the system please contact Dave Rees, manager of Fleet Services at (801)-581-8155.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FM Monthly Tidbits & Numbers

Holiday University Closure Days
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Languages spoken throughout Facilities

Views on Office of Sustainability blog, an increase of 485% over 2012

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SustainableUtah blog reaches larger audience

The Office of Sustainability blog, SustainableUtah (, is reaching more people than ever. In December, it topped more than 12,000 views and now has more than 2,700 followers.

The increase can be attributed to a complete redesign in August 2013 and an increased number of stories, mostly written by interns Laura Schmidt and Alicia Wrigley-Gailey. If you have story ideas about ways operations are becoming more sustainable, email

In the Spotlight

Sarah Vale
Business Services

Please welcome Sarah Vale to Facilities Management.  Sarah grew up in a small northern Indiana town but comes to us from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Sarah has only been here for two weeks. She has been an accountant for most of her career, working at a mortgage company and most recently for Steamboat Springs City government.  Sarah enjoys hiking, camping, running, and most importantly, U of U football. She became a fan when her boyfriend attended the U. GO UTES! Sarah enjoys the outdoors and staying in shape. In fact, she has already taken advantage of the spinning classes offered by HPER. 

Sarah is getting ready to move for the second time in her short stint here in Utah to make more room for her family. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking, reading, and shopping.

Please take time to swing by Sarah’s cubicle to introduce yourself and welcome her to our team. She is located next to Heather Henderson.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Janus Awards

The Janus Award is a monthly custodial award for excellent performance based on the SMARTInspect System scores. 

Congratulations to the Fort Douglas Crew led by Crew Leader, Clayton Norlen. The team topped other crews with the highest score on the SMART Inspections for the month of November!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Planning a Better Campus

The Campus Planning department is in charge of and oversees the Campus Master Plan which establishes the look, feel and continuity of the University campus. This department takes major projects on campus from inception and develops feasibility, approval, and final design.

Campus Planning’s services include strategic facility plans, master plans, feasibility studies, facility studies, programming, schematic design, and design development, as well as other miscellaneous studies. More information regarding these and other items may be found on its website at

Every new building on campus begins in Campus Planning. You can see their work in action when you walk around and see all the newly constructed buildings and those currently under construction. They do not manage construction but oversee projects and manage them through the initial approval and various stages of design.

The University has set a standard for experiential learning environment through academically branded environments. A recent example of this can be seen in the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Research Building, which was completed in 2013. Outside consultants coordinated with Campus Planning along with their clients to implement aspects of the research and field of interest into the architecture and design of the building in niches in walls, displays, and detailed to the polo sculpture emphasizing the donor’s interest and involvement.

Contact Campus Planning whenever a new building or major expansion is desired. They can be reached at 1-6883.

Campus Planning’s services include strategic facility plans, master plans, feasibility studies, facility studies, programming, schematic design and design development as well as
other miscellaneous studies.