Facilities Management
Clearing the air

Clearing the air

Assessing and upgrading ventilation systems part of plans for an in-person fall

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.