10/22/21 - Focus@FM Bulletin 


Employee Recognition 

Congratulations to Recycling’s Patricia Castanon for receiving the September All-Star Award. Patricia was nominated by Mary Clark. 

Receiving the 3rd Quarter Supervisor Spotlight was Recycling Supervisor John “Ski” Shaski who was nominated by Rich Schorr. Congratulations to Ski! 

You can read why they were nominated on the Employee Recognition webpage

Nominations for October All Star and Peer Recognition are open through Oct. 31. Information on awards and links to nomination forms can be found here.      



On Friday, Oct. 15, a copper line that feeds an autoclave on the 3rd floor of the Cancer Research Facility (CRF) split at an elbow fitting and water leaked down onto the 2nd floor. To mitigate the possibility of mold growth, Brian Damazyn, Area 2 FST, performed general clean up on Saturday and the copper line was repaired on Monday by Jesse Baca, Area 2 Master Plumber.  

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Custodial Services discovered water on the ground level and began general cleanup, but soon realized there was a bigger issue at hand. They called UNMPD Dispatch around 4 a.m. who then notified Ron Baca, Area 2 On-Call Manager. Ron immediately called Jesse and Brian, who both arrived on site prior to 5 a.m. and stopped the flooding at the source.  

This break occurred on the same copper line that broke the previous Friday, but at a different elbow buried within the drywall cavity. All four floors of the CRF received water damage impacting HSC laboratory, administration, and storage spaces, plus the mechanical room in the basement. Water also entered the passenger elevator pit. 

Ron proactively notified HSC customers and Risk Services, as well as Paul Davis Restoration and the general contractors to begin repairs.   

While work continues, we want to say thanks to Brian, Jesse, and Ron for their quick response and coordination which prevented more extensive damage to the facility and equipment.   


Annual Training 

Please continue to work on your required annual training at UNM Learning Central. All modules are due by Dec. 1. 


General Meeting Updates 

  • Enterprise Reporting Efforts 

FM, along with other departments from across campus, recently met with UNM IT to discuss enterprise reporting. UNM IT is working to bring together data from multiple departments and systems into a single data warehouse to enable uniform reporting and ready access to information.  

  •  CWA 

The FM Labor Management Committee is scheduled to meet with the CWA next week. 

  •  Permits and Inspections 

This week, FM Trades Inspectors met with members of Facilities Maintenance and Work Control to discuss standards and expectations for building permits on campus. The group will work to establish formal procedures and guidelines for this process in the coming weeks. 


 Water Survey Scheduled 

The water survey originally announced in September will take place Nov. 15-19. This project, in partnership with Lobo Energy, will evaluate water consumption on campus and identify conservation opportunities. The program will review operations of our utility systems, buildings, the Duck Pond, irrigations systems, and wells.   


Historic Preservation Standards Update

The historic preservation standards discussed in the Oct. 8 bulletin have now been finalized. FM worked with PDC and the Historic Preservation Committee on the standards for historic buildings, specifically on the preservation of historic windows and vigas.  


Flu Shot Clinics 

UNM and FM leadership continue to encourage all staff to get their flu shots as we head toward the winter season. Free flu clinics will be held at the following locations:   

  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 - Hokona Hall Ballroom   
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 - Lobo Rainforest   
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 - Lobo Village