Facilities Management
Sustainability champions honoured

Sustainability champions honoured

A Hospitality staffer committed to waste diversion and a student who designed an app to improve use of electric-vehicle charging stations are among winners of this year’s Western sustainability awards.

Campus construction back at work with changes

Campus construction back at work with changes

A busy season for campus construction, renovation, and maintenance resumes this week after a six-week shutdown to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic – although it will not be business as usual, Facilities Management officials announced.

Caretakers deploy new tech in disinfecting efforts

Caretakers deploy new tech in disinfecting efforts

Facilities Management’s Building Services team has turned to technology to ramp up the fight against the spread of germs. Using six new electrostatic sprayers (eSprayers), the team is disinfecting campus more quickly than with traditional cloth wipes.

Helping bend, shape needs of Western, world

Helping bend, shape needs of Western, world

Earlier this month, Clayton Cook and his University Machine Services team constructed a much-need bracket for a local neurosurgeon – a devise to hold a patient’s head in place during lifesaving surgery. Just another Thursday around the shop.

Campus parking lots reopen (update 6:15 a.m.)

Campus parking lots reopen (update 6:15 a.m.)

Parking lots across campus have reopened this morning as Western joins the rest of Southwestern Ontario in drying out after a record-setting rain swept through the region this weekend.

Work begins on Biomed Building site

Work begins on Biomed Building site

Early work on the new Biomedical Research Facility has begun with construction fence going up in the Medical Science Parking Lot and a section between the Siebens Drake Research Institute and the Medical Science Building already excavated.

‘Kent Walk’ revamp earns top design award

‘Kent Walk’ revamp earns top design award

It’s not re-labelled on official campus maps – not yet, anyhow – but the pedestrian-priority stretch of Kent Drive that fronts University College has transformed to Kent Walk in everything but name.

Iconic tree fights ‘losing game’; hope sprouts beneath

Iconic tree fights ‘losing game’; hope sprouts beneath

It’s not the oldest tree on campus – not by a long shot – but it may be one of Western’s most recognizable. But, wracked by disease and marred by several emergency amputations, the European beech that stands atop University College Hill is nearing its end – with an understudy is already growing in the wings.

Campus changes surround Thames Hall reno

Campus changes surround Thames Hall reno

As the Thames Hall renovation enters its main phase, Facilities Management officials are flagging changes around the landmark building that might impact day-to-day life for the campus community.

Energy-efficient solutions pay off for Western

Energy-efficient solutions pay off for Western

A decade of energy-efficiency projects is placing less strain on natural gas supplies and reducing greenhouse gases across campus – all while putting money back into Western’s budget, university officials recently announced.

Construction to impact parking across campus

Construction to impact parking across campus

Early construction work to support the new Biomedical Research Facility will lead to a reduction in spaces in the Medical Science parking lot and a cascade of parking changes, Facilities Management officials announced today.

Two all-way stops added for campus safety

Two all-way stops added for campus safety

Two new all-way stops being added to campus look to improve safety for all in areas where high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic intersect, Facilities Management officials announced today.

Campus efforts to reduce bird strikes take flight

Campus efforts to reduce bird strikes take flight

From afar, the windows of the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB) appear as vivid as all outdoors. Fluffy clouds scud across a bright blue sky. But approach it as a bird might But approach it as a bird might and it’s soon apparent that the expanse of windows is a solid object that sports an array of dots – enough dots to persuade feathered wildlife that this is an obstacle to fly around. Not through.

Chakma Building honoured for green push

Chakma Building honoured for green push

Recognized for “making a difference” in Canada’s green building industry, the Amit Chakma Engineering Building has been presented the Green Building Excellence Award for New Construction by the Canada Green Building Council at this year’s Leadership Awards Gala Dinner.