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UT Professor Teams Up with Facilities Services Engineers

May 2017 – Facilities Services plays an active role in UT Austin’s educational mission in support of an architectural engineering professor who includes hands-on tours of facilities operational systems for her students as part of her curriculum. The guided tours, led by experts from the Engineering & Technical Support team, transform student perceptions on how to design and maintain institutional buildings.

Read the full article (PDF), see photos of the student tours, and learn more about Facilities Services' Engineering & Technical Support team.

This article is part of our: Values at Work Series

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Landscape Services Helps Medical District Earn SITES Gold Certification

February 1, 2018 - The Dell Medical District has achieved SITES Gold from the Sustainable SITES Initiative for significant landscape sustainability achievements. The Medical District earned the first SITES v2 Gold certification in Texas. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc., SITES is a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance and elevate their value.

As part of the 16.2-acre development of Dell Medical School Phase, the project landscape designers collaborated with Facilities Services Landscape Services to revitalize the Waller Creek corridor to improve its ecological function. Landscape Services was involved in the site planning, including identifying trees for repurposing.

Restoration of the Dell Med portion of the creek corridor was an 18-month process that included removing invasive species, stabilizing the stream bank and revegetating the area with adaptive and native plants.Regional materials were used to reduce the energy expended for transportation, promote regional identity and support the local economy. Repurposed trees became part of the furnishings in the Health Transformation and Health Learning buildings, as well as in Dell Seton Medical Center.

Now, Landscape Services maintains most of the site. They employ sustainable methods that include use of manual and electric-powered tools rather than equipment powered by fossil fuel. The Landscape Services irrigation team monitors irrigation and oversees the reuse of rainwater and air conditioning condensate that were incorporated into the design and construction of the Dell Medical School.

Thanks to the landscape design and Landscape Services’ efforts, outdoor water use is expected to be reduced by more than 75 percent of what would be used without careful plant selection, soil restoration, irrigation monitoring and water reuse.

Dell Medical School highlights the revitalization project at https://dellmed.utexas.edu/hdb/waller-creek.

"Campus branch focuses online to reduce waste, sell cheap furniture"

January 22, 2018 - Read this Daily Texan article on how our Surplus Property team offers super bargains on home furnishings online and supports UT's zero waste goals, too!

"Rowling Hall aims to become first zero waste university building in Texas"

December 8, 2017 - Read this Daily Texan article and learn how UT Austin's Rowling Hall is gearing up to gain zero waste certification. Our Resource Recovery team is working with the Office of Sustainability to implement zero waste efforts in two other buildings on campus as well by the end of the academic year.

"UT celebrates Texas Arbor Day by planting and giving away trees"

November 20, 2017 - Read this Daily Texan article on how Landscape Services' Urban Forestry team brought UT students, faculty and staff together along the banks of Waller Creek to celebrate Texas Arbor Day.

"Speedway trees are just as important as Speedway bricks"

November 20, 2017 - Read this Daily Texan article on how Landscape Services experts implement newly developed best practices and standards that protect the trees around the Speedway Mall and other construction projects on campus.

"Students begin drone research to reduce water waste on campus"

October 17, 2017 - Cockrell School of Engineering student researchers teamed up with our irrigation expert from Landscape Services, Markus Hogue, to conserve water on campus using drones! Green fees at work in a very cool way! Results from the flyovers are also provided to School of Architecture students. Read this Daily Texan article to learn how what starts here changes the world!

"Eye on the ball: ball moss and UT's urban forest"

September 14, 2017 - Read this Daily Texan article about the colonies of ball moss appearing on UT's trees across campus. Landscape Services' Jennifer Hrobar, Urban Forestry supervisor, shares her knowledge on these "naturally occurring" plants that are "part of the ecosystem of Central Texas."

APPA's Central Region (CAPPA) Publishes Article on Facilities Services' Academic Partnership

August 18, 2017 - Facilities Services plays an active role in UT Austin’s educational mission in support of an architectural engineering professor who includes hands-on tours of facilities operational systems for her students as part of her curriculum. The guided tours, led by experts from the Engineering & Technical Support team, transform student perceptions on how to design and maintain institutional buildings.

Read the article as pulished in the CAPPA Newsletter-Summer 2017 or read the full article (PDF) from our website, see photos of the student tours, and learn more about Facilities Services' Engineering & Technical Support team.

This article is part of our: Values at Work Series

"Have Grackles Hatched a Plan to Destroy Us? No, They're Just Protecting Their Hatchlings"

June 21, 2017 - Listen to a story that aired on KUT about what's really going on with these aggressive birds. KUT's Mose Buchele consults Landscape Services Manager John Burns, who shares how he and his staff have been grappling with grackles on the UT Austin campus since the '90s.

"Management Track: University of Texas at Austin Seeks SITES Certification"

May 2017 - Listen to a podcast interview with Mike Wallick, landscape supervisor at Dell Medical School about efforts to plan and implement a sustainable landscape for DMS with the goal of achieving certification by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

UT’s Tech Team Moves the Needle Toward Building Optimization

March 2017 – A specialized ops team brings their A-game and expertise to UT Austin’s campus as they move the needle toward more efficient and effective building operations. Today’s higher ed facilities managers are challenged with providing preventive and corrective maintenance on building systems, managing energy conservation efforts and optimizing the performance of the buildings, all with decreasing resources. UT Austin’s Building Optimization Team was developed to take on these challenges.

Read the full article (PDF) and learn more about UT Austin's Building Operations Team

This article is part of our: Values at Work Series

 

"Boomerang Days: The Clean-up Crew"

March 1, 2017 - Read this humorous, yet very interesting article in the March/April issue of the Alcalde to find out what happens when a UT Austin alum heads back to campus and shadows members of our professional cleaning staff with Custodial Services.

"Volunteers help replant Waller Creek"

March 1, 2017 - We're transforming Waller Creek by improving sustainability and visibility! Read this Daily Texan article on our recent service project to replant along the creek involving members of the UT Austin community and see photos from the event.

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