Inside Facilities

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 Woods Park open again

January 22, 2021

Sachem Woods 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, saunter, or...

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...

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...

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....

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...

C&T Training and Development Summer Training

May 21, 2020

The University and Local 34 are pleased to continue our commitment to the training and development program for C&T staff. Sponsored by the C&T Training and Development Committee, this summer’s program will be offered virtually and is centered on the theme “Learning online. Growing real-...

A note of thanks from John Bollier

March 27, 2020
Dear Colleagues,

The last three weeks have presented us with unusual and disturbing challenges that we have never had to face before. Witnessing our collective response to this environment, it is clear to me that our entire department has “stepped-up,” and I write to express my deep gratitude...

Drive-through testing

March 26, 2020

Yale Health anticipates being able to offer drive-through testing for Yale Health Plan members at the ground level of the Sachem Street garage soon. A practice run is scheduled for Thursday March 19. Yale Health professionals wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) will administer tests for...

New Yale Facilities website launched

March 19, 2020

The new and improved Yale Facilities website launched on March 2. The site features an updated design, streamlined and consolidated content, improved navigation, and a 30% increase in its web accessibility score, to accommodate the...

Restoring Yale’s historic doors – the history is in the hinges

February 21, 2020

Walking around Yale’s campus, it’s easy to take for granted the beautifully designed buildings, their intricate details, and grand entryways. It is hard to imagine all the work that goes into the restoration and upkeep of these massive entrance doors. Recently, the large wooden doors...

The “A” Team – keeping Athletics’ spaces in shape

February 21, 2020

Yale has many sports teams and athletic facilities. These include numerous field and boat houses, locker rooms, an indoor track, and field center (Coxe Cage), Yale Field, and the historic Yale Bowl! All need to be maintained and kept clean.

A close-knit team of nine custodians does an...

Mason Laboratory, built in 1911, ready for some new air

January 23, 2020

Almost 110 years ago, Mason Laboratory was built on Hillhouse Avenue. The three-story Gothic Revival structure was extensively remodeled in 1967 to provide classroom, office, and laboratory space for the Department (now School) of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).

This summer, the...

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