Inside Facilities

Milestones - May 24, 2019 - July 31, 2019

August 5, 2019
New Hires – May 24, 2019 - July 31, 2019 DeGrand, Nicholas, Controls Mechanic Haab, Robert, Facilitions Operations Customer Support Isidora, Leticia, Custodian Monthei, Michael, Electrician Tyksinski, Matthew, Urban Sustainability Program Manager Promotions –...

FY 19 year-end wrap up from John Bollier

August 5, 2019
Dear Colleagues, As the fiscal year comes to a close, I write to thank you for all that you have done this year to support the University. By all measures, it has been a very successful year and I sincerely thank you all. As an organization committed to continuous improvement, we naturally are...

Staff Spotlight - Roger Vandal—Helping others

August 5, 2019

Roger Vandal, utilities shift engineer, has been at Yale for 30 years, and currently works in the Sterling Power Plant at the medical school. He is responsible for keeping the plant operating, monitoring all its machinery, and triaging any breakdowns or issues as needed. When he is not inside...

Physical Plant crews team up for summer projects

August 5, 2019

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes at Yale. Our Facilities staff members are all over the campus fixing, refurbishing, and installing all things wood, mechanical, stone, and more. This is a brief summary of three outdoor summer projects where crews, from three different trades, worked...

New reusable microfiber cloth program

August 5, 2019

Every year, Yale Facilities Services ordered thousands of white bar towels. These industrial rags were used throughout campus for cleaning. Then, when worn out, were thrown out. A more sustainable program was introduced some years ago and recently expanded using microfiber clothes to clean...

Staff Spirit Week and Staff Appreciation Day

August 5, 2019

Many members of Facilities came out for Staff Appreciation Day or participated in Staff Spirit Week both held in June.

Recycle that bicycle!

August 5, 2019

Thanks to a strong town-gown relationship, abandoned bikes are being repurposed and some local kids and adults are discovering the joy of cycling. In 2017, Yale Facilities Services teamed up with the Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op to start a bike reclaiming program. Facilities staff tag abandoned...

Summer Programs—hosting thousands, helping students and grateful moments

August 5, 2019

Summer is no longer a sleepy time at Yale; in years past it was a time for renovations and yearly vacations. Now, between commencement and early August, Yale hosts over 10,000 residential guests who come to campus for various summer programs that include: Exploration Senior Program (EXPLO), Yale...

August Training - Sustainable planning, design and construction

August 5, 2019

The next in a series of seminars on sustainable planning, design, and construction will be presented on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 802 at 2 Whitney Avenue. Lunch will be served. Registration not required, just show up.

The topic is “Electronic Access Control...

Promoting from within

August 5, 2019

Congratulations to Jennifer Weldon, who was recently promoted to associate director for Contract Administration. Jennifer has been at Yale, in that department, since 2013.

She has led many initiatives in best practices, coordinated with the Office of General Counsel and Risk Management,...

Sustainable soap

June 3, 2019

Yale’s Facilities Services recently started a sustainable hand-soap program in the residential colleges where refillable containers of a highly-concentrated foam soap mixed with water have replaced the plastic throwaway plastic containers. Two bags of the new soap mix equal what would have been...

Yale Plumbing Team, True Detectives

June 3, 2019

There are miles of pipes at Yale, and sometimes they leak, break, or burst. The Yale Plumbing Team for Central Campus keeps busy repairing and maintaining large and small pipes. In all, the plumbers cover 13.5 million sq. ft. of building space including the Athletics’ fields and buildings. They...

Milestones - March 26, 2019 - May 24, 2019

June 3, 2019
New Hires – March 26, 2019 - May 24, 2019 Adcock, Joseph, Facilities Area Manager Ciesielski, Philip, Oiler Ferrara, Tony (Retired/Active), Manager, Carpentry Special Projects Hammer, Mitchell (Retired/Active), Manager, Maintenance Special Projects Mangler, Jeff, Oiler ...

Facilities Staff Spotlight – Lynda Munda Kasongo, Custodian

June 3, 2019

Lynda Munda Kasongo is always on the move. Her life in New Haven is not only a happy one but a busy one! Lynda works the 4:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. shift at Kline Geology Lab as a custodian. When she’s not helping keep the campus beautiful, she is busy being a wife, the mom of two small boys, and...

Healthy Furniture Initiative and New Design Standards

June 3, 2019

Yale’s campus will be a little greener thanks to a new initiative addressing chemicals of concern in university-purchased furniture. Yale’s Sustainable...

Prepping for Commencement and Reunions

June 3, 2019

It takes a village to get the campus prepped and pretty for Commencement and reunion weekends. A dedicated team of supervisors and staff work tirelessly to ready the buildings, grounds, and walkways for the graduates,...

Training Opportunities - April and May

April 4, 2019

The following LEED credentialing seminars are show and go, no registration is required.

Healthy Building Materials - April 24, 2019

Presented by Alison Mears, M. Arch, Director of the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design, and Co-Director of the Healthy...

Ritz-Carlton Leads Customer Service Excellence Training at Yale

April 4, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, known for its unwavering commitment to service, recently visited Yale to deliver an energizing three-hour session on customer service excellence. More than 185 Facilities Operations employees attended, including managers, union leaders, and staff. Overall, 26 Yale departments...

Facilities supports two sustainable spring events

April 4, 2019

Yale Facilities likes a green campus. The leadership and staff are enthusiastically supporting two campus-wide programs to support the reuse of materials.

Declutter, Destress, Donate

The ...

Milestones - February 1, 2019 - March 25, 2019

April 4, 2019
New Hires – February 1, 2019 - March 25, 2019 Artz, Christopher John, Refrigeration Mechanic Bishop, Ryan J., Groundskeeper Campbell, Tracey, Casual Custodian Deswert, Jennifer, Casual Custodian Hubert, John Joseph, Oiler Hurlburt, Clark Davis, Facilities Operations Service Center...

Facilities Apprenticeship Program Expanding to Other Trades

April 4, 2019
Painter’s Apprentice Program Started in 2014

If you’ve ever walked into a Yale building, office, or stairwell and smelled fresh paint, it’s because Yale painters were making their mark. Most of us don’t realize the skill needed to efficiently paint an area—large or small...

Landscape & Grounds Team Welcomes Spring – Mowers, Mulch, and Colorful Blooms

April 4, 2019

In springtime, the outside areas on campus begin to come alive, thanks to warm sunshine and our Landscape and Grounds Maintenance team. Snowplows and salt are replaced by lawn mowers and pansies, and the team begins to prepare Yale’s beautiful campus for warmer weather, commencement ceremonies,...

Husband and wife duo retiring after 30 years of service

February 21, 2019

It’s been an amazing thirty years for Tony and Donna Ferrara, who retired on January 31. Over the past few decades, many people on campus have interacted with Tony and Donna. In the late 80s and early 90s, when a department needed a building repair or other facilities related work, they first...

Design Standards Updated

February 14, 2019

Yale University Design Standards, used by architects and engineers to build and remodel structures, are regularly reviewed and revised. In December, the latest round of updates was posted on the...

Milestones November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019

February 14, 2019

New Hires – November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Ferriola, Stephen C., Groundskeeper 4 Page, Brian, Supervisor Electrical Trades Pinnock, Charmaine Angela, Custodian/Custodian Short Term Coverage Duties Puzycki, Jacob, Groundskeeper 4 Reid Sr., Richard Quincy, Physical...

Yale’s Millworkers: Making the new look old again

February 14, 2019

What happens when you combine an eclectic mix of carpenters with modern day tools and technology—premium craftsmanship done efficiently.

Years ago, Yale Facilities employed master carpenters specializing in handcrafted millwork to create and repair detailed wooden doors and other...

Yale builds - Current construction projects

February 14, 2019

In 2018, the Yale Board of Trustees approved construction for 20 major projects. Here is a quick look at one new building, two renovations and a landscape improvement. All the building projects are targeted to be completed in 2020. While the West Campus landscape project will be done this spring...

Facilities work orders just got social with new photo attachment function

January 30, 2019
Yale customers needing facilities repairs can now attach photos to a new or existing facilities work request (FWR). This new functionality is designed to help facilities staff diagnose the...

Revised Design Standards for Capital Projects – What’s New

November 15, 2018

Yale University Design Standards, which are used by architects and engineers to build and remodel structures, are vital to building projects on campus.

While these standards are regularly reviewed and revised, a significant update was recently completed by the Facilities Operations and...

Around campus with Yale Sustainability

November 15, 2018

New sustainability website launched

In October, the Office of Sustainability officially launched an update to The new website features...