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Shops Soaring for Safety

The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) sets industry standards and awards certifications regarding rope safety. F&S roofers and sheet metal workers, which utilize ropes and access techniques to repair roofs or conduct building maintenance inspections recently learned some of these skills as part of a training course. Patrick Wood, coordinator of special programs, Building Maintenance, and Shane Carr, roofer foreperson, led the initiative … Continue reading Shops Soaring for Safety

Powering Up: Apprentice Certifications Show Employee Development

Welders have a lot to learn. There’s various techniques, each offering their own challenges, before even considering the plethora of materials one can weld. All in all, there might be 100 certifications in pipe welding mastery alone. Before you know it, a couple of apprentices at F&S will have learned a bunch of them! Utilities pipefitters apprentice Brandon Lovett received two United Association (UA) Pipe … Continue reading Powering Up: Apprentice Certifications Show Employee Development

An Illini Future

The construction project for Altgeld Hall, at the corner of Wright Street and Green Street and home to the Alma Mater statue, and replacement of the historic Illini Hall, just across the street, will help define a vital thoroughfare on campus. The work will help take the College of Liberal Art & Sciences (LAS), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the campus’ future in data … Continue reading An Illini Future

Tours Open Again

The impact of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread. Most operational aspects at F&S continued, but under much different guidelines and challenges than before. One that couldn’t continue: public tours. As a university resource provider, F&S offers facility tour opportunities, especially to students and children. Garage and Car Pool; Waste Transfer Station Nobody loves big trucks more than a bunch of little kids! … Continue reading Tours Open Again

Four and Looking for More

After winning four straight times in the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge, the U of I can still save more energy and money in the future, particularly if Paul Foote has his way. “I want every lab on campus to know about and participate in the Freezer Challenge,” said Foote, energy conservation specialist. “Small changes, like defrosting a freezer or adjusting its temperature, can have a … Continue reading Four and Looking for More

Shop Spotlight: Temperature Control

It’s been a big couple of years for HVAC. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies have never been under more scrutiny and attention, due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A multi-disciplinary team, including leaders from F&S in construction, HVAC, and safety, oversaw the examination of all current and installation of new university HVAC systems. To see a published list of completed work, visit: … Continue reading Shop Spotlight: Temperature Control

Shop Spotlight: Plumbers

Pipes surround us! Inside the hundreds of buildings and acres of land encompassing the Urbana campus, F&S plumbers have a lot of responsibilities to keep liquid moving. They are in charge of all fixtures you’d regularly find in any building, including faucets, toilets, urinals, sinks, drinking fountains, sanitary and storm pump systems, and hot water heat exchangers. The plumbers also repair, maintain, and install more … Continue reading Shop Spotlight: Plumbers

Illinois: Let’s Ride!

University of Illinois System faculty, staff, and students can again use a shuttle service to travel back and forth between the Urbana and Chicago campuses for university business, now three days a week. UI Ride resumed operation starting August 17 after trips were canceled due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This semester, shuttles will make two daily round trips three days a week … Continue reading Illinois: Let’s Ride!

Red Oak Rain Garden’s Final Phase: The Bridge

The Urbana campus has welcomed a new notable landmark: the recently redesigned Red Oak Rain Garden, complete with a brilliant, locally culled wood pedestrian bridge. Completed in June, the bridge is made of local Black Locust wood from Allerton Park & Retreat Center with high tension cable railing. It is 40-feet long, 42-inches tall, and 9-feet wide. The garden is located in Urbana between Allen … Continue reading Red Oak Rain Garden’s Final Phase: The Bridge

Preparations for In-Person Teaching

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed the majority of students and faculty back to on-site learning. Getting to that reality has taken courageous leadership and quick functioning administrative action, but just as important, actual work on the front lines. The F&S HVAC Response Team, a collection of a handful of experts from across … Continue reading Preparations for In-Person Teaching