Facilities Project News
Sac State Named Tree Campus USA
In October, the Arbor Day Foundation named Sacramento State a Tree Campus USA.
The University achieved the designation by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five requirements: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
Sacramento State is just the sixth California university to be honored as a Tree Campus USA. View the full article here.
Solar Project Powers Up
Sacramento State is taking its latest energy conservation efforts to the roof. Over the next few weeks, solar panels are being installed on the roofs of the Library and The WELL, as part of the University’s Photovoltaic (PV) Electricity Generation Project, which is estimated to generate around 700,000 annual kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar electricity for the campus.
The University will purchase power generated from the system at a fixed rate of $0.1086/kWh over the next 20 years, but will assume no cost for installation, materials or system maintenance. View the full article here.
Classrooms Get a Facelift
Clean, functional and well-lit facilities are fundamental to a successful teaching and learning environment. With this philosophy in mind, Facilities Services zone managers set out in the spring to assess the condition of campus buildings.
Based on a standard set of criteria, some 175 classrooms were slated for upgrades beginning in May. The revitalization, to be completed by mid-August, will be a welcoming greeting for new and returning students. View the full article here.
Building Bridges, Zone by Zone - Zone Managers Program
In January, Facilities Services adopted a new approach to service delivery with the launch of the Zone Manager program. The program augments the department’s Customer Service function by placing managers with comprehensive knowledge of facilities operations out among the campus community.
Four managers have been assigned to distinct zones and located on the central campus for greater access to customers and their zones, which is hoped to personalize services and create greater accountability. Associate Vice President Ali Izadian has seen the zone system succeed at other institutions, with demonstrated improvements in process efficiency and customer service. View the full article here.
Campus Buildings Get Smart
The University’s Smart Grid project is off to a running start, with the installation of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls in Capistrano Hall, which kicked off Phase I in the fall.
The Smart Grid will provide 80 smart meters (one or more) for every building on campus. The meters will record the consumption of electric energy and then communicate the information back to central energy information software, helping to identify poor performing buildings. In addition, new or upgraded HVAC control systems will be installed in 37 campus buildings, which will improve occupant comfort and save energy. View the full article here.