Inside Facilities

Project spotlight – Cedarhurst School elevator replacement

May 26, 2021

Often, little projects can be big in scope and impact. Replacing an elevator at the Cedarhurst School took several years. The project involved using a crane, having limited work access due to class schedules, and arranging for the school’s physically disabled students to find alternative...

Encouraging others to get a COVID vaccine

May 18, 2021

Whitney Howard has been working on campus throughout the COVID pandemic. A custodian at Yale Health, she is responsible for cleaning the fourth floor of that building. Over the past year, she has watched the changes, everything from cleaning protocols to the daily routine of...

Custodial Operations in COVID times - Keeping the campus clean

April 27, 2021

It takes a village to run a university. One group helping to do so is the Yale custodial team. Many of its members haven’t ever seen or interacted with the people whose spaces they clean. Their days began in darkness at 4:00 a.m., entering buildings, classrooms, and spaces, and ended when...

Yale COVID-19 Vaccination Program

April 26, 2021

The Yale COVID-19 Vaccination Program has received a new supply of Pfizer vaccine. You can now...

Keeping it fresh

March 22, 2021

Richard Reid knows a lot about building airflow. As a Facilities Senior Controls Manager, Rich and his team maintain all the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for over 20 buildings on the Medical School campus. This includes over 130 air handlers and anything connected to...

Recasting Central Campus - Schwarzman Center takes shape

March 22, 2021

Since 2018, a large area of central campus has been undergoing a significant transformation that includes six major and minor projects. It encompasses the buildings and areas between Tower Parkway, College, Grove, and Wall Streets. Two of the larger projects include aggregating all of the Yale...

Getting a COVID Vaccine

March 12, 2021

This past year has been filled with challenges, stress, and sorrow. Hope is on the horizon as COVID vaccines are being administered across the US. Below are videos and information discussing the vaccine how it works, how it helps, and myths vs. truths.

COVID Public Safety Advisory - videos...

Planning for Spring

February 18, 2021

Even though the campus had quite a bit of snow this month, that doesn’t stop the Facilities Landscape and Grounds Maintenance team from preparing for beautiful spring weather. In January, before the snow hit and in-between storms, the team did a lot of winter pruning, tree thinning, and cleaning...

Keeping Yale’s buildings running during challenging times

February 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic posed many challenges for the Yale community and its building infrastructure. Mark Perez and his team have done a fantastic job and continue to do so by keeping Yale’s occupied and unoccupied buildings maintained during these strange times. A facilities equipment and...

Retiring FAMIS

February 11, 2021

Short for Facilities Asset Management Information System, FAMIS is the application the University uses to submit and track emergency and routine building maintenance using repair work orders. For nearly twenty years, FAMIS has been the heart of Yale Facilities operation. It sends work orders to...

Child Study Center design recognized with two awards.

January 22, 2021

Yale’s Child Study Center (CSC) underwent a major renovation and was recently recognized for its reimagined design. The award-winning design project started in 2018 and involved moving the CSC’s clinical and community-based operations all under one roof while providing a bright and...

Making old gardens new again

January 22, 2021

Work has begun in earnest to restore some campus gardens designed by the prominent landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (“Farrand”). Phase-one work began last fall in the courtyard of Branford College...

Sachem's Wood Park open again

January 22, 2021

Sachem’s Wood Park is open! The long-neglected park, situated off Sachem Street and surrounded on three sides by several Yale science buildings, underwent an extensive renovation and reopened for visitors in January. The once desolate sloping hill is now a tidy park where people can sit,...

Robert "Bob" Villani retires after 49 years of service

January 21, 2021

When Bob Villani started working at Yale, Kingman Brewster was its president, HBO was just launched, and the Yale Center for British Art and Luce Hall were not yet built. Over his 49-year career, there have been seven Yale presidents, many new buildings, and massive technology changes....

Share your favorite recipe in the Winter Recipe Roundup!

December 4, 2020

Special thanks to the almost 90 Yale staff, faculty and graduate students who submitted recipes. The winners will be announced in January 2021 on the It’s Your Yale homepage. At that time, a link will be published for the Yale Community to access or download the...

Yale Millwork Shop built barriers to keep the campus open (and safe)

November 24, 2020

When Yale students and other community members returned to campus this past August, they immediately saw the Yale Millwork team’s handiwork. Large and small plastic barriers had been carefully installed in dining halls, at front desks, and in offices. While many Yale staff continue to work...

Yale Camp in the Great Mountain Forest gets new solar system

October 22, 2020

The Yale Camp at Great Mountain Forest is in the Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut. Deeded to Yale in 1940, it sits on eight acres in the middle of the 6,000+ acre Great Mountain...

1807 historic house safely relocated—again!

September 17, 2020

Built in 1807 by Yale alumni and former U.S. Senator James Hillhouse , the house at 87 Trumbull Street has had a long and interesting history. Throughout the years it has had many uses – recently housing spaces for the Institution...

Beautifully restored monuments return to Hewitt Quadrangle

September 17, 2020

Students and visitors can once again walk through the Memorial Hall Rotunda and out onto Hewitt Quadrangle, where the newly restored World War I Memorial Cenotaph and Ledyard Flagstaff proudly stand. As part of the Schwarzman Center renovation, work on that area and the monuments began in 2018....

Reyhan T. Larimer retires after 50 years as an architect and planner.

September 17, 2020

In August, Yale Project Manager Reyhan Larimer retired after working in architecture and project management for over 50 years. At Yale since 2000, she managed 55 projects, including new buildings, renovations, remodels, fit-outs, and upgrades, almost all on Yale’s medical campus. They included...

Tsai CITY Opens

August 20, 2020

Tsai CITY, a stunning two-story, oval, steel, and glass building tucked neatly behind Becton Center on its Plaza, opened recently. At 12,500 square feet, it includes a large, flexible workspace that can be configured for a variety of studio set-ups, along with smaller meeting rooms and communal...

Two long time Facilities staffers retiring in July

July 20, 2020

Walter Debboli and Michael Stringer are both retiring at the end of this month. Together, they have over 80 years of service. We caught up with them via Zoom as they reminisced about their time at Yale and what they will do in retirement.

As Manager of Recycling and Waste, Walter...

New signs greet returning faculty, staff, and students

July 17, 2020

As Yale reopens, returning faculty, staff, and students will notice new COVID-19 safety signs in public spaces throughout campus. Yale Facilities teamed up with the Office of the University Printer to develop and install COVID-19 safety signs around the campus. Using guidance from the State of...

Energy savings during the shutdown

July 17, 2020

Over the past several months, many buildings have been shutdown due to the pandemic. As a result of this, Yale University realized significant energy savings and emissions reduction:

Central Campus building power consumption was down almost 20% for the April to June 2020 timeframe as...

Dimeo Construction receives 2020 Build CT Award for Yale Science Building

July 16, 2020

Each year the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGC) honors excellence in construction management and trades through their Build CT Awards Program. This past spring, Dimeo Construction received AGC’s first place in the “New Large Construction” category for the Yale Science Building...

Updated safety standards and protocols for construction projects

June 22, 2020

Yale Facilities temporarily halted most active, on-campus construction projects for thirty days on Friday, March 20, due to the pandemic. This pause in work was then extended through Wednesday, May 20. During that time, a team was formed to focus on creating best practices for the construction...

Facilities Reopening Plan for University Buildings

June 19, 2020

The University is beginning a phased reopening of several buildings to allow research and other campus functions to start up. In support of this, Facilities has put together the Facilities Reopening Plan for University Buildings, which can be...

What COVID-19 taught us about paper and printing sustainability

June 19, 2020

There have been many changes to the Yale campus and community since the start of the pandemic. The good news is some of these unexpected changes resulted in many green benefits, including less printing on campus. While we can’t tell you how much toilet paper was saved, we do have a few...

Design Standards for Yale's landscapes, gardens, and more

May 28, 2020

Yale University Design Standards, used by architects and engineers to build and remodel structures, or design landscapes, are regularly reviewed and revised. Recently, new standards and guidelines were developed for exterior landscape design, management, and maintenance. The latest updates are...

2020 Long-Service Honorees within Facilities and Campus Development

May 28, 2020

Dear Colleagues, I want to take a moment to recognize this year’s 2020 Long-Service Honorees within Facilities and Campus Development. Although we were not able to celebrate in person this year, we are no less thankful for their dedication. Yale’s Long-Service staff members represent 9,125 years...

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