Facilities Planning and Management

Building and Mechanical Services

Overview

Technicians in these shops not only strive to provide a comfortable environment, but also assist faculty members by giving tours of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems of the campus.

Preventive maintenance systems are developed and implemented in all of these shops, which involve regular checks of HVAC systems, doors, windows, roofs, hardware, plumbing, and electrical systems. Approximately 300 preventive maintenance work orders are completed each month.

Technicians also help enhance the campus facilities, working on more than $2.5 million in remodeling and special repair projects annually.

The shops also work to make continuous improvements to enhance campus facilities. More than $2.5 million in remodeling and special repair projects are completed annually.

The shop is responsible for installing and maintaining the energy management systems in buildings and the chilled water plant, trending and compiling statistical data, programming the automation systems to provide energy savings and a comfortable environment, and developing a graphical user interface. Team members provide assistance to develop energy savings strategies, assist project management for new construction, and work with the plumbing shop on domestic water system automation.

The Electrical Maintenance Shop consists of journeymen electricians and facilities workers. The work ranges from changing light bulbs to installing transmission lines and circuits, and repairing motors, transformers and other electrical devices. The team also responds to emergencies such as fire alarms, elevator malfunctions, blown circuits and power outages.

These building service engineers, maintenance mechanics, refrigeration mechanics and facilities workers oversee the daily management of the campus buildings and maintain air temperature and quality inside buildings. Temperatures in classrooms are maintained at 68 degrees to 75 degrees from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., depending on the season. The shop oversees energy management programs, makes major and minor repairs to facilities, performs preventive maintenance, and chemically treats and maintains swimming pools and decorative ponds.

Team members build and install new cabinetry and respond to emergencies, such as replacing broken windows. The shop also constructs and installs counters, lockers, shelves, doors, window frames and paneling, and installs insulation.

This shop is also responsible for work that includes repairing concrete and asphalt; maintaining and fixing roofs and roof drains; mending fences and gates and replacing roadway signs. In addition, workers also repair, assemble and install modular furniture, display cases, chalk and white boards, and bookcases.

Other tasks performed:

  • Install and remove equipment, signs and banners
  • Set up and take down barricades
  • Provide emergency flood control
  • Replace ceiling and floor tiles
  • Maintain pools and decks
  • Replace broken glass
  • Hang pictures

The team is responsible for painting interior and exterior surfaces, finishing wallboards, plastering, and painting traffic lane stripes. In addition, painters also remove graffiti and other vandalism. The shop maintains over 5 million square feet of painted surface.

The Plumbing Shop is responsible for the water system on campus. The team is tasked with maintaining and repairing the main water line and reclaimed water system lines and valves, as well as maintaining the backflow prevention equipment. This crew assists outside contractors when hook-ups to main water, gas or sewer lines are involved, and reviews plans to ensure any underground work does not affect these lines.

This shop also performs rough-in plumbing work, sets fixtures and trim, repairs flush valves and leaking traps, installs and repairs gas lines, checks water pressure, and responds to calls regarding leaking faucets and plugged toilets, urinals and sewer lines

In addition to maintaining the plumbing system, the shop also helps provide the campus with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Water supplied to the campus comes from two major sources: ground and surface water. Groundwater is supplied from one or both of Cal Poly Pomona's two wells. Water produced from these wells is blended with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's imported surface water from the Colorado River and the State Water Project in Northern California. The quality of the groundwater and surface water is reported annually.

Facilities Management routinely monitors for contaminants in the drinking water according to federal and state laws. In order to minimize any harmful bacteria or other pathogens that may be present, the university continuously disinfect the water. To ensure the water's quality, disinfection and bacteria levels in the water are continuously monitored.