Thursday, April 14, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Construction is a bit of a mystery for those not in the industry. And there is something almost magical about seeing a building taking shape. It's almost like watching a movie based on a book as it jumps from the pages to be played out right in front of your eyes.
And once the building is complete, there are unique features that continue to be a mystery. For example, within the stairwells of many buildings there are several circular indents, seemingly cut into the concrete. They aren't randomly placed, they have a pattern to them - almost decorative. But are they?
Well, as it turns out, the answer is 'yes' and 'no'. According to FM Project Manager Glen Armstrong (PM on recent Ivey building and the new Engineering Building), this circular relief is the remanence of construction. Left both as a design feature, but also because of its functionality during a build.
When wet cement is poured for a wall it requires a form to hold it in place - like a jello mold. Usually the form material is wood. It's easy to work with, it's inexpensive and can be reused in some cases. To ensure the walls of the form don't fall to either side during pouring they are held together with a series of tie rods. The ties are then secured on either side of the form to keep the cement from collapsing inward (making a narrowing in the wall) or outward (making a bulge in the wall).
The tie is cut off snug to the concrete and remains buried in the wall with a small piece of the rod still sticking out in the middle the circular indent. And that's the functional part of the mystery.
Source: Hoke, John Ray Jr.(2000). Architectural Graphic Standards 10th Ed. Somerset, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Why are they filled or not filled? Is it aesthetics? Basically, yes.
Mystery solved, Encyclopedia Brown. Let us know if you've identified any mysterious architectural features that require explanation; Email Facilities Management.
Academic Building (FIMS / Nursing); http://uwo.ca/fm/projects/capital_projects/fims_nursing.html
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
|Treated salt is identified by it's blue-ish hue|
Western student paper, The Gazette features FMs salt use on campus; http://www.westerngazette.ca/life/why-you-so-salty-western/article_15dd33b0-bbe5-11e5-89d5-b72048cf6c39.html
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
|University College [Communications & Public Affairs]|
Undoubtedly, that means the worst is yet to come. Infact, we will likely be on the verge of cold, blustery weather in the coming weeks - if not days.
Last year at this time, London was buried, digging out of the white stuff at a rate of 20cm every 12 hours. Crews were working in shifts around the clock on campus. As an archive of the event, the following page was maintained to keep the campus informed of Facilities Management's efforts; http://uwo.ca/fm/who/news/snow01072015.html
Should the weather turn south - er, well - north, Facilities Management is on snow removal standby. During a typical snowfall, crews will begin to clear snow in the evening when parking lots and sidewalks are less congested. If accumulation isn't excessive, the snow and ice will be cleared, sanded and salted prior to 8am with maintenance checks operating throughout the day.
If a major winter storm arrives, Facilities Management will follow the strategic Snow Operations Procedure. The Division's high level of preparedness has evolved as a result of battling snow over the decades, but the most valuable lesson remains that weather is a tough beast to tame. There are several variables that can take standard protocol off track. Factors such as, the time of day and duration the snow falls, the total volume of snow, wind and temperature (freezing or thawing) and even campus specific factors, such as the time of year (exams) or the day of the week (fridays can be quieter on campus). All these factors are balanced on the fly and they change constantly, requiring the Snow Operation Procedure to remain flexible - and that's putting it mildly.
priority locations map and priority unit chart, especially when snow is falling faster than it can be cleared. In some cases, this can mean redoing portions of a higher traffic, higher priority location prior to moving on to other locations.
Priority Locations Map, based on safety, provision of essential services, and greatest impact.
Priority Unit Chart, listing most of the cleared surfaces on campus, complementing the map.
The top priority is the safety of our community. Facilities Management encourages people to take time and care when crossing campus and don't hesitate to connect with Client Services if weather is restricting our services. We will do what we can to help; email@example.com or 519-661-3304.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
|Members of FM represented WesternU as|
panelists at the COU Innovative Ideas Forum
Facilities Management's team, Mary Quintana (Energy & Environment Specialist), Dan Larkin (WES Controls Systems Specialist), and Doug Johnson (Manager, Electrical Services/Controls) demonstrated the power of our homegrown utility dashboard and building automation system.
The dashboard project has driven a large-scale upgrade to steam, water and electrical meters. Each meter is a trackable distribution point, providing usage data that is displayed in real-time on the Utility Dashboard.
Along with our enhanced building automation system (Western Environmental Systems (WES) Controls), Western has the ability to interact with thousands of data points across the campus. WES uses occupancy sensors, thermostat set points and, in some cases, window sensors, to automatically adjust indoor climates and lighting to meet the needs of our campus community.
With these systems in place we can automate building systems to perform at optimal efficiency. These systems have allowed our team to manage electrical demand during peak load times, saving the University upwards of $1M annually.
• Western's Utility Dashboard is available to the public. We believe sharing our data and being transparent in our usage will help the campus community become more engaged, taking ownership for their part in resource management.
• Please take a minute (seven to be exact) to view FM's video presentation to Ontario's Ministers and higher learning institution leaders at the Innovative Ideas Forum; https://youtu.be/elS7k4GLbd8
• Our demand management strategy was recognized with the 2013 CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award
• For more information on the COU Innovative Forum, view the report; Faster, Cheaper, Smarter: Improving Efficiency at Ontario Universities. FM initiatives are featured on page 17.
Posted by Brandon Watson
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
As part of developing a comprehensive parking and transportation strategy for campus, Western Parking is conducting an online parking survey to determine current commuting patterns. The data collected from this survey will help identify and support future transportation strategies.
This survey will be conducted from March 21 - April 5, 2012 and will take participants about five minutes to complete.
Please visit (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WesternUniversityTravelSurve) to access the survey. After filling out the survey campus community members are invited to enter in a draw for an iPad 3. To enter the draw surveys must be completed, with a valid Western email account, by midnight April 5, 2012.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Raw Materials Company's (RMC) large decommissioning/processing plant takes Western's batteries and re-purposes their parts.
Recovered zinc and manganese is granulated and used in fertilizer. In this picture, the paper and plastics are separated and used for generating energy. The metal casings are removed and crushed for recycling.
Battery collection spots are now located all over campus. Have a look for them near the Green Board on your floor or recycling depot and fill 'em up.
For more info, contact Brandon Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facilities Management (formerly Physical Plant)