Major Accomplishments & Planned Initiatives

Summary of Major Accomplishments

Central Plant & Building Energy Savings:  As a result of many energy-saving initiatives in recent years, SF State has realized energy savings approaching $1million per year in the past two years. This significant accomplishment is also directly attributable to our outstanding managers and Facilities staff, in particular the electrical and HVAC shops.

Annual Commencement.  Each year the Facilities department is instrumental in preparing the campus for commencement activities.  2012 was the 113th annual Commencement for the University.  From receptions to individual college, and culturally diverse recognition ceremonies, Facilities is there prepping the spaces, helping set up, standing by for problem solving, and cleaning up.  The main event in Cox Stadium is attended by approximately 30,000 people, including nearly 4,000 graduates.  Under the direction of University Development, Facilities prepares the stadium, and administers the production company contract for stage construction, sound & video, and the setting of 15,000 chairs for graduates and guests.  Facilities dedicates approximately 3,500 labor hours to making commencement a signature event for the year.

The successful opening of the reconstructed & expanded JPL Library in Winter 2012, and continuing operations. All areas of Facilities worked together to meet the challenges as the building moved from a construction mode to full academic operations. In addition, Facilities has trained several Building Service Engineers, including a dedicated BSE, to operate the highly computerized Library Retrieval System. Further, the Custodial group has added & trained 12 half-time custodians this year to provide services seven days a week to the complex new Library (360,000 gsf total).

Fuel Cell Complex. This new complex comprising two types of fuel cells that together produce 1.6 MWe of electricity, a partnership with PG&E, became operational in Fall 2011. The University expects to realize energy savings of about $150,000/year from capturing of the waste heat to heat the hot water pipes that heat a portion of campus academic buildings. The project required installation of alternate equipment to serve steam supply needs for autoclaves in Biology, and the Animal Care Facility cage washer, as well as new rotary evaporators which replaced the steam-cones used for solvent reduction in the Organic Chemistry labs.

Summary of New Directions & Planned Initiatives

We are beginning the process to upgrade our Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) from a legacy system to a new FacilitiesLink/Digicality system that will merge our Capital Planning building documentation, with the day to day work order system utilized by the campus community, and Facilities department.

We have begun a modular custodial work allocation system whereby we show people what to clean and where with maps and text that easily describes the tasks to be performed. This allows flexibility in assignments while minimizing orientation to the different buildings.

We are introducing the campus to composting by implementing a 3-Bin System. We have approved the sample unit, and the balance of the 3-bin units are in production. The expected installation is early September.

We are embarking on a metering initiative which will supplement our sustainability efforts by allowing us to track more of our utility usage, and display the data on web dashboards, thus increasing awareness of utility usage, and measure our progress in saving energy and water.

SFSU is an older campus, and we are focusing on infrastructure improvements such as the plumbing and electrical distribution systems. Our recently completed Utility Master Plan will help us identify conditions and liabilities, so that we can spend our dollars wisely in making these important systems more reliable for the campus.

We have several energy efficiency projects underway, ranging from the installation of occupancy sensors to control lighting, to full upgrade of our Parking Lot 20 lighting to bi-level LED fixtures. The lighting project is expected to reduce the energy used by the parking lot by 50%.