Building Tours with F&S Leaders

One of the primary and overarching priorities of F&S is to actively support the university’s core missions, which encompass education, research, and outreach. Central to this commitment is the continuous enhancement and upkeep of the facilities and grounds that make up the campus environment. To ensure that this mission is diligently carried out, F&S leaders maintain a focus on the physical state of the university. … Continue reading Building Tours with F&S Leaders

Turn the Handle: Interactive Mechanical Engineering Artistry

This just in: Just outside the east entrance of the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB) stands a new piece of public art. Called Grasp, the three metal vertical arms move back and forth with the power of a simple handle-crank on the base. On the back of the gearbox, glass panels allow the user to see the gears at work. So, give it a … Continue reading Turn the Handle: Interactive Mechanical Engineering Artistry

Illini Football Tailgate Recycling Event

In the world of college football, where fans gather to cheer on their teams, the University of Illinois took on a special mission to make these celebrations more eco-friendly. As cars rolled into the tailgating lots near Memorial Stadium for the afternoon’s game against Florida Atlantic University, an organized effort was underway to ensure that the fan experience also left a positive impact on the … Continue reading Illini Football Tailgate Recycling Event

Incoming: New and Improved Baler

Take a look at how huge this real life WALL-E is. This isn’t some far-off, future alien world though; this is right on campus at the Waste Transfer Station (WTS). F&S is working on integrating a new and improved baler machine that will more safely and efficiently do its work, something that advances the university’s sustainability and zero waste initiatives. The baler is a piece … Continue reading Incoming: New and Improved Baler

Building Services window washers

Growing Building Services: Window Washers

F&S established, and is growing, a window washing team that strategically cleans windows at approximately 270 campus buildings. “We are excited to grow the team and add a significant new service that will beautify campus buildings,” said Pete Varney, director of Transportation & Building Services. Varney said it had been over 10 years since this type of work has been done regularly on campus. “It … Continue reading Growing Building Services: Window Washers

Building Service Workers BSWs transformation

Adapting Building Services: New Custodial Operations

F&S Building Service Workers (BSWs) began rolling out a new cleaning program this summer. So, when each employee received certificates honoring workshop completion, pomp and circumstance played for all. Much deserved! F&S partnered with the Cleaning Management Institute, the education division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA). Approximately 40 BSWs from all three working shifts are enacting the program, which is being piloted in … Continue reading Adapting Building Services: New Custodial Operations

The Fighting Illini football team take care of business on homecoming, defeating Minnesota 26-14 to move to 6-1 on the season and into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. The Illini lead the country in total defense, touchdowns allowed, interceptions, and opponent passer rating.

For the Fans!

A couple pipefitters and plumbing projects improved facilities that host the highest level of intercollegiate athletic competition. Memorial Stadium and Huff Hall are among the most well-known sporting homes in the state. Both promote a positive fan experience for the coming seasons and well into the future. At the home of the Fighting Illini football program, nearing its 100th birthday, on the east side: the … Continue reading For the Fans!

Forbes Natural History Building

Prizing Performance (with 🍕pizza🍕)

Good behavior nets pizza, especially for administrators and building liaisons at six Grainger College of Engineering buildings. So when this multi-year energy avoidance project, completed through Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) team at F&S, came to an end, already showing $2.9M in cost avoidance, a few folks celebrated, alongside Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director Ehab Kamarah, and Utilities & Energy Services Director Rob Roman. Sylvia … Continue reading Prizing Performance (with 🍕pizza🍕)

Urbana Fire Department firefighters train at the Archives and Special Collections Building

Library Hosts Firefighter Safety Training

The former “Undergraduate Library,” now called the Archives and Special Collections building, has been undergoing demolition and full-scale renovations for months, as it prepares to transition from a study and learning space to a storage facility for certain types of books and other documents. F&S Capital Programs project managers Jon Hasselbring and Sandra Roesler have helped lead the demolition and construction. Two floors had been … Continue reading Library Hosts Firefighter Safety Training

Altgeld stone cleaning

Altgeld Glow Up: Generations of Dirt Cleaned From Eons-old Stone

When you’re as old as Altgeld Hall, you deserve a nice cleansing scrub. The stony skin of the building dates to as far back as 1896, after all, and a lot of history, and other gunk, has built up on the stone. Even a U of I student’s thesis from more than 50 years ago notes the coloration change. Roughly hewn, randomly placed hard pink … Continue reading Altgeld Glow Up: Generations of Dirt Cleaned From Eons-old Stone