Beginning Monday, Lab staff using the Work Request Center general work request online form will notice a few minor changes. These changes are made to address customer feedback and improve Facilities work planning. To avoid confusion where work will be performed, the work location will no longer be self-populated with the requester’s office location. Users will also now be able to enter a date range for performing work instead of a single date. Finally, a new field is established for users to alert workers of any conditions that could impact their work. See a preview of the new form here. Call the Facilities Work Request Center (x6274) if you have questions.
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Joe Dionne, currently serving as senior advisor to the Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting director of Facilities, following the recent resignation of Jennifer Ridgeway. On Dec. 9, the interim position will transition to David Leary (pictured), a 38-year veteran from Lawrence Livermore Lab. Starting in 1973, Leary held numerous leadership roles at Livermore Lab, including director for Safeguards and Security, associate director for Laboratory Services, and deputy director for Operations. The Lab will start a nation-wide search for Ridgeway’s permanent replacement immediately.
Employees are asked not to flush paper hand towels down toilets. Although compostable, they are not designed to break down in sewer lines like toilet tissue and seat liners. All Lab restrooms are supplied with compostable waste bins for paper towels only. Whether at home or at the Lab, flushed paper towels accumulate in and eventually block sewer lines. This can cause costly repair or overflow that may enter the storm drain system and pollute nearby creeks and the San Francisco Bay. Pictured is a paper towel blockage removed from a Lab sewer line.
Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division is known for its leadership in the search for new energy resources, cleaning up the environment, and the study of climate change. Now, it has another feather in its cap: LEED Platinum status for the division’s newly renovated headquarters. It’s the highest possible rating for environmentally friendly design. A plaque conferring Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council, which operates the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program, arrived this week at the Lab’s Facilities Division, which planned and managed the ambitious overhaul of Building 74 in the East Canyon section of Berkeley Lab’s hillside campus. More>
Employees planning to ship any items other than printed materials should be aware of the Lab’s Hazardous Materials Shipping policy. Go here to view all requirements related to shipping hazardous materials. Only appropriately trained staff are authorized to package hazardous materials and offer them for shipment from the Lab. Visit the Shipping website to learn more about policies and procedures (link in upper right corner). Staff who are uncertain about the process or have any questions related to this process can contact Shipping at x5084 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bucket-by-bucket, yellow-boomed excavators high above McMillan Road are now chewing away at the Wilson Slide. That large and ominous bulge of slipping soil, which has forced scores of Berkeley Lab employees out of Building 46 and other structures in January, will be gone in about a month. There will still be more work to do, but project manager Dan Galvez is increasingly confident the hillside stabilization effort will be complete well before December. More>
As part of Sustainable Berkeley Lab’s (SBL) waste minimization initiative, paper towels coming from restrooms on the main site are now going to a local compost facility instead of the landfill. This collaborative effort with Facilities and EHS is an important step toward meeting federally-required targets to divert and reduce landfill waste. We will be monitoring and adjusting the program over the coming months, so feel free to e-mail email@example.com with feedback. Special thanks to the custodians who make this possible. For more information about SBL initiatives, visit sbl.lbl.gov. To learn how to use fewer paper towels, check out this funny and compelling short video.
To ensure furniture is received by fiscal year-end (Sept. 30), the deadline for ordering standard furniture through eBuy is August 27. The deadline for ordering items not included on eBuy such as cubicle panels, and conference room tables is Friday, August 16. Staff who need design and layout assistance should submit a work order with the Facilities Work Request Center.
Work to install a handrail along the steps below Building 50A will require the closure of the crosswalk between that area and the Building 65 crosswalk starting tomorrow. Detour signs for pedestrians will be in place throughout the project.
Sustainable Berkeley Lab, in collaboration with Facilities, EH&S, and the Lab’s waste hauler, will start collection of paper towels from bathrooms for composting. After use, paper towels only should be thrown into trash bins located in bathrooms. Signs will be posted in these locations as a reminder for employees. Other waste should be discarded in your building’s landfill or recycling bins (typically located in offices or kitchen areas). With this step, the Lab will divert a substantial portion of waste material from the landfill and provide an infrastructure to expand composting on the hill campus. Contact Sustainable Berkeley Lab for more information.