Facilities Operations Related to COVID-19

University Facilities will provide updates to the UB community as the COVID-19 situation develops. 

Face Coverings for Essential Employees

Updated May 1, 2020

UB essential employees can request a protective face covering to wear while working on campus. Two face coverings will be provided to essential personnel, per person, wear them on alternate days so they have a chance to dry out. 

Green CLEAN Stickers Protocol

Updated March 31, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, you will begin seeing green CLEAN stickers around campus. If you enter, pass through or occupy a space with a CLEAN sticker, please remove it.

Look for Green CLEAN Stickers

To all employees from Jeff Angiel, Director of Facilities Operations

With a dramatic reduction in UB’s on-campus population, UB Facilities Department will be implementing some changes in operation. While staffing has been reduced to reflect the decreased number of individuals and operations on campus, our dedicated facilities and custodial staff is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our campus community.  We’re also continuing to protect the health and safety of our custodial staff who continue to support those areas of campus that remain active or have increased safety, health and security demands. Other non-urgent requests for service may be delayed as a result of these changes in operation. 

Most urgently, beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, you will begin seeing green CLEAN stickers around campus. If you enter, pass through or occupy a space with a CLEAN sticker, please remove it.

Maintaining cleanliness remains a priority and our staff will continue to clean public areas daily. To help our staff focus their efforts, while also giving the campus community peace of mind, we have a new, simple protocol to help our staff quickly identify areas that do not need cleaning attention.

Look for Green CLEAN Stickers

1. Once an area is cleaned by University Facilities’ custodial staff, we will place a sticker on some doors/door frames signifying that area has been cleaned. 

  • If the area remains unoccupied, the presence of the undisturbed sticker will signify to our staff that further cleaning of this area is not required.
  • If the sticker has been removed or is torn, this will signify staff that further service is required. 

We need your help.

2. We ask the campus community to help by removing stickers when you enter a space.   

For urgent requests:

Call University Facilities Customer Service at 716-645-2025 (available 24 hours a day) and let them know your request is URGENT.

I am grateful for the dedication and commitment of our University Facilities staff, and the understanding of the campus community, during this challenging time.

Supplies for Hand Hygiene

Updated March 16, 2020

Hand Sanitizer

Our goal is to have wall-mounted hand sanitizer units located outside of bathrooms and adjacent to water fountains throughout our three campuses. If there is no dispenser unit located in these locations in your area, or if your units are empty, please contact Facilities Customer Service.  

Due to a current national shortage of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, installation of additional hand sanitizers outside of the targeted areas may be delayed. University Facilities is working with our vendors and New York State to procure product as quickly as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds us that hand sanitizer is a substitute when soap and water are not available, but hand washing with soap and water is the most effective means of protection against the COVID-19 virus. Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs, and may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. It is recommended to wash your hands before eating, drinking, touching your face, and after using the bathroom. It is important to lather your hands with soap, and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. 

We greatly appreciate your understanding, as we continue to evaluate the best methods of protecting our campus community.

Last update: March 16, 2020

Hand Soap

Facilities has an ample supply of hand soaps in stock to service our campus community. Our custodial staff are continuing to provide uninterrupted service and supplies to all areas of campus. Please let us know if you encounter a specific area that has been depleted.

Last update: March 16, 2020

Construction

Memo to FPMOs and UBOs Dated April 1, 2020 - Pause of Non-Essential Campus Construction

Memo to all Facilities Planning and Management Officers (FPMOs) and Unit Business Officers (UBOs) from Tonga Pham, Associate Vice President, University Facilities

Governor Cuomo recently updated his “Pause-NY” Executive Order to close any non-essential construction projects in New York state (emergency construction is permitted to continue).

For this reason, UB University Facilities will temporarily shut down all work on campus facilities renovation projects in the construction phase.

We are working with our staff, consultants, contractors, and vendors to close each of our construction projects in a safe and rationale manner that ensures minimum impact on our UB community and preserves the progress of the projects. We will work with units and Procurement to assess whether planned purchases should proceed.

For UB campus projects that are in the design and planning phases, University Facilities’ planning and design staff will continue to work remotely on these projects. 

We are aware that many renovation priorities have shifted as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Please help us support your priorities by identifying any ongoing projects that may need to be canceled or paused (held for future consideration).

Cheryl Bailey will be providing you a list of your current project within your schools or units to the FPMOs involved under a separate memo. If your unit wishes to cancel or pause any of your ongoing facilities projects, please contact Cheryl Bailey by Thursday, April 2, 2020 to let us know. Your rapid response to this request will help us prioritize our workload.

Once construction crews are reactivated, University Facilities will reevaluate all construction projects and provide you with revised project schedules.

Thank you for your flexibility during these uncertain times. 

Tonga Pham
Associate Vice President Facilities

For more information:
Cheryl Bailey, Associate Director
University Facilities
119 Beane Center
716.645.3835
cbailey2@buffalo.edu

Commonly Asked Questions

Updated March 19, 2020

What is UB doing to ensure campus spaces are clean and sanitized?

What is UB doing to ensure campus spaces are clean and sanitized?

Visit the employee Return to Campus website for important guidance as our phased return-to-campus plan is implemented, including information and protocols such as:

  • Need to Know
  • Self Monitoring
  • HR Guidance
  • Safe Workplace
  • Health and Well-being

Updated June 3, 2020

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How is UB protecting the health and safety of its employees who are on the front lines of the COVID response?

How is UB protecting the health and safety of its employees who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response?

Visit the employee Return to Campus website for important guidance as our phased return-to-campus plan is implemented, including information and protocols such as:

  • Need to Know
  • Self Monitoring
  • HR Guidance
  • Safe Workplace
  • Health and Well-being

Updated June 3, 2020

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Contact for Questions

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Customer Service

University Facilities

120 John Beane Center

Phone: 716-645-2025; Fax: 716-645-5965

Email: custserv@facilities.buffalo.edu