Inside Facilities

Cheryl Wilson, Custodial Team Leader, Yale Facilities

January 23, 2020

Cheryl Wilson is always smiling. She always brings positive, graceful energy and pride to her work, the team she manages, and their customers.

A native of New Haven, she attended Wilbur Cross High School and started working at Yale as a part-time, weekend banquet waitress after school...

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...

Updated Design Standards as of December 2019

December 19, 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...

First women undergrads honored in stone

December 19, 2019

A commemorative engraved stone was recently placed at Phelps Gate honoring the first women undergraduates who arrived on Yale’s Campus in 1969.

The “Women’s Plaque” initiative was part of the 50WomenatYale150, a year-long series of lectures...

Jack Tiboni - The midnight rambler retires after 26 years

December 19, 2019

Jack Tiboni has many great stories to tell about his Yale career. He’s retiring in January, after 26 years, and sat down to share a few of his funniest and most cherished memories.

When Jack steps out of his North Frontage Road office for the last time, he leaves as the Senior Manager of...

Facilities Milestones - November 1 to November 30, 2019

November 21, 2019
Anniversaries - 30 Years - Malonis, Leonard Redding, Darryl 25 Years - Evans, Cerise 20 Years - Greene, Novella Jones, Denny Ruggiero, Frank 15 Years - Jones, Keir

Turner, Risheda

10 Years - Stefano,...

Newly renovated Yale Child Study Center opens

November 21, 2019

In October, the Yale Child Study Center’s (CSC) new behavioral health care facility, at 350 George Street, opened with some fanfare. Yale Facilities and the School of Medicine hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees of note included Mayor Toni Harp, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Yale...

Central Power Plant Team – Steam and software running a modern power plant

November 21, 2019

From street side, the Central Power Plant (CPP) looks like something out of a noir movie. Walking by it, you can hear a distant hum as steam continually rises from its tower-like smokestacks. But inside, it’s run by a dedicated team, who are proud of the plant and their work keeping the...

Shellie Anello receives excellence award

November 21, 2019

Congratulations to Shellie Anello, construction project manager, Yale Facilities who recently received the Dariusz Czarnota Award of Excellence from Yale’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

As project manager for Yale’s Capital Project Group, Shellie has been exceptional...

Proud to be smoke-free!

November 21, 2019

Many people who smoke want to quit and have tried to stop multiple times. On average, it takes smokers four to six tries before they are finally smok- free. One such individual is a Facilities tradesperson who works on central campus. He started experimenting with cigarettes around the age of 11...

Support Special Olympics & take a chance to win a mustang

October 25, 2019

Yale Public Safety is partnering with the Special Olympics, taking part in a Raffle for Special Olympics. Tickets are $100 each, with a maximum of 1,000 being sold. The winner of the Ford Mustang is responsible for paying taxes, title, registration and any other associated fees. Five runner up...

West Campus team – Gets the job done!

October 25, 2019

Yale’s West Campus is beautiful all year long, but especially in the fall, as its trees and bushes turn vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. The 136-acre campus includes 1.6 million square feet of space spread across 22 buildings. While mother nature works her autumnal magic on the grounds...

Who you gonna call?

October 24, 2019

Is your office too cold or hot, or perhaps the ceiling is leaking? Don’t panic — help is just a phone call, email, or workorder away. The friendly staff of FACOPS are available 24/7 to assist. Officially called the Facilities’ Services Operations Center, FACOPS is more generally known around...

Happy customer – a firsthand perspective

October 24, 2019

Recently, I called into the Facilities Customer Service Center (203-432-6888) about unusually cold air temperatures on my floor. Not long after, Steve Warner and Jim Brosious from Central Campus Facilities Controls stopped by to check the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system...

November Facilities Training

October 24, 2019

This month’s training session is entitled, Design Standard updates: Enerphit and Renovations at Yale . This session will describe outcomes from the SSS Enerphit Study and proposed design standards updates to achieve Yale’s energy consumption reduction goals. It is in support of the...

Milestones - August 1 - September 30, 2019

September 26, 2019
New Hires – August 1 - September 30, 2019 Doyle, Robert, Supervisor Fire Code & Compliance Kondracki, Daniel, Utilities Construction Project Manager Modzelewski, Gregory, Equipment Mechanic Pecora, Quincy, Groundskeeper 4 Promotions – August 1 - September 30, 2019 Gay, Marvin, Custodian...

From conception to completion YSB took a lot of people-including women

September 26, 2019

Walking by the new Yale Science Building (YSB) a passerby may notice its cool modern exterior made of steel, brick, and glass. Built into a hillside, in the footprint of the former J.W. Gibbs Laboratory, its muted exterior colors and clean lines blend in with its Science Hill neighbors. Seven...

New reusable microfiber cloth program

September 26, 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...

Yale Science Building opens!

September 26, 2019

The Yale Science Building (YSB) opened in August! Located in the footprint of the former J.W. Gibbs Laboratory building on Science Hill, YSB offers faculty and students seven stories and 280,300 square feet of newly finished space.

Construction of YSB began in 2017, after the demolition...

Update on in-progress University initiatives

September 26, 2019

There are several large initiatives taking place across campus. Below is an update on two of those projects.

Sachem Woods – Landscaping project

Sachem Woods is getting a much-needed overhaul. This long-neglected park, situated off Sachem Street and surrounded...

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...

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...

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,...

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...