By Jacquie Vargas
Building coordinators and the campus community can find facility outage information, both planned and emergency outages, beginning with dates in June 2014, for their facilities showing the date and time of the outage, which facilities will be impacted, what the outage is for, primary and secondary contact information, the onsite contractor contact information, and the approval date of the outage.
By clicking on the calendar item, the viewer will open several more screens including the Outage Notification form, which can be printed if desired. Building coordinators may have noticed that the email that communicates the outage information provides the link to the outage notification calendar and the outage form instead of the outage notification graphic being included in the email message. The outage notification calendar, utilizing Google calendar and Google docs, is available online at the Plant Operations website.
Students, faculty and staff at the University of Houston have numerous easy and quick ways at their disposal to report facilities problems such as these. No matter which method is used, the Facilities Service Center accepts facility issue requests and reports 24/7 and will quickly process the request and respond in a timely manner. Send a text: The UH community can use their smart phones to report all sorts of problems. Send the text message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, contact information, description of the problem, photos, and the location, including building name and room number when applicable.
Craft an email: Facilities issues can be reported via email to the same address as when sending a text: email@example.com.
Make a phone call: For services that require immediate attention to maintain safety or preserve work productivity, call the Facilities Service Center at 713-743-4948. Log in online: Another great way to report a non-emergency request is to log on to AccessUH, click on the FAMIS icon, then click "Create Service Requests." You will then be directed through the steps of creating a service request.)
Barbara Murray, Department Business Administrator for Computer Science and alternate building coordinator for Hoffman Hall, will be retiring Aug. 31 after 45 years with the University of Houston.
Babu Sundaram will continue as primary building coordinator for Hoffman and Murray says her replacement, who has not been named yet, will most likely take on the role of alternate building coordinator. Please join us as we wish her the very best as she enjoys her retirement. If you would like to send her well wishes, she will be on campus through the end of the month. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Building Coordinator Meet and Greet events are part of the ongoing building coordinator program initiative and are designed to provide an opportunity for building occupants to meet their building coordinators as well as representatives from Facilities Management and Facilities Planning and Construction, as well as other key University partners.
The July Meet and Greet was held at Farish Hall on July 10. The attendance was good and everyone was able to ask questions and get to know their building coordinator, Tim Rosas, a little better. There is an August Meet and Greet being planned for Engineering with building coordinators Ken Perlowski and Stephen Bangerter. September Meet and Greet is tentatively being scheduled for Cameron, which includes child care building coordinators as well as the Cameron building coordinators.
Planning for the Meet and Greet calendar for FY15 is underway. If you would like to request a Meet and Greet be hosted at your facility, contact Jacquie Vargas at email@example.com.
Building coordinators should review their contact information and buildings assigned to them at the building coordinator website list located at www.uh.edu/plantops/programs/bldg-coordinator/bldg-coords/. Please let us know if you have any corrections/additions/deletions that need to be made to your information. We want to make sure that the information provided is up-to-date.
Building Coordinators Corner is a monthly newsletter provided by Plant Operations—Facilities Management to help communicate tips, information and announcements relevant to building coordinators and their building occupants. For more information, contact Jacquie Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org.