Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: ‘Above the Line Behaviors’

Russ Reynolds sees the value of the individual as part of a team and recognizes how each person, and the choices they make, turn personal culture into organizational effectiveness. To Reynolds, chief engineer at Abbott Power Plant, each moment while on the job is another opportunity to be ‘above the line.’ These positive and proactive work and interpersonal behaviors are generally those that include owning … Continue reading Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: ‘Above the Line Behaviors’

Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: All-Gender Restrooms and Illinois Code

Katie Sperl, associate director of campus code compliance & fire safety, gave a talk to the Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference considering new codes for restrooms, and the future of more ‘all-gender’ restrooms. “At the University of Illinois, this is a very important topic for our students and something we’re looking at in all of our buildings,” Sperl said. All-gender restrooms, in a school … Continue reading Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: All-Gender Restrooms and Illinois Code

Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: Retrocommissioning

Buildings need tune-ups, and F&S’ cross-disciplinary retrocommissioning (RCx) teams do important work to make sure utilities and systems are doing what they should and working correctly… including at the right times. RCx teams at F&S are made up of eight people: two electricians, two temperature control mechanics, two sheet metal workers, one engineer, and one programmer. Andy Robinson, energy services administration engineer, gave a talk … Continue reading Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: Retrocommissioning

Attendees of the Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference 2024.

Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: Overview

Of the crowd of 60 attendees at the Chief Engineers and Facility Managers Conference, most were from either the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or another Illinois university or community college. And despite the size and location of the institution, all who came to Champaign for the conference were looking for advice and ready to share a success, particularly with the general concept: how do we … Continue reading Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Conference: Overview

Morgan White Electrical and Computer Engineering Building ECE net zero energy

“All in” on Zero Energy at ECE: Now 1 Year

A celebration for the 1-year anniversary of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Building’s (ECE) ‘net zero energy’ mark was held there in the atrium, a huge study and hang out location for students. It made sense, given recognition of the building’s ability to impact academic research. Basically, students can plug in at a computer and be able to study how energy is collected, stored, and … Continue reading “All in” on Zero Energy at ECE: Now 1 Year

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🍕)