We are experiencing an exceptional drought. You can help the Lab and California get through the drought by conserving water and reporting any water leaks. On the main Berkeley Lab site, report leaks to the Work Request Center online or by telephone (x6274). For off-site facilities, contact the building manager or landlord. Common leaks include leaking faucets in labs, restrooms and common areas, and toilets or urinals that won’t stop running. More information about water and actions being taken by the Lab to respond to the drought and meet longer-term water use reduction goals is available here.
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The wheelchair lift located adjacent to the cafeteria is being replaced and will be out of service from March 26 to July 30. To access the cafeteria area during this time, use the elevator in Building 70. Go here to view a detour map.
Updates regarding the status of the power outage affecting Buildings 70, 70A, 54 and 50 are now available by dialing 1-800-445-5830, the Emergency Status Information for Employees number. The next update is scheduled for noon today. Building occupants are also being updated by e-mail through their building managers.
Due to a power outage at the cafeteria, Bay View Cafe will be closed today. The status of the availability of power going forward will be assessed today and a determination of the level of service for the next few weeks will be decided. Updates will be provided in TABL.
Chief Operating Officer Glenn Kubiak (left), along with members of the Facilities Division, honored bus driver Fran Hinkston for her heroic awareness late last month, which prevented her from running over an unconscious cyclist lying in the middle of the road. She received a Safety SPOT award and $300 check from MV Transportation, the contractor who manages the Lab’s bus service. More>
The Lab’s holiday shutdown begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23 and continues through Jan. 1. Facilities will be restarted early on Thursday, Jan. 2. The shutdown provides significant energy savings. Last year, $28,300 was saved. Those required to work during this time must get advance approval. Those needing utility or equipment services should contact their building managers. Before leaving for the shutdown, staff should set back thermostats, shut off non-essential lighting and equipment, and close doors and window. Go here for information on services affected during the shutdown.
Trimming and removal of trees will impact traffic on Chamberlain Road, near the intersection of Smoot, Lawrence and McMillan Roads, S Road, and McMillan Road near Building 76. Use caution when traversing this area and follow flagger instructions and signage.
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.
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.