News Category: facilities

FAS celebrates six staff in the prestigious 2021 President’s Outstanding Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Honorees
May 14, 2021

As part of the President’s Staff Awards, on May 12, the UT Tower was lit in honor of award recipients. Every year the university president honors staff who contribute to the institution’s success by granting 30 Outstanding Staff Awards and four Outstanding Supervisor Awards. This year six FAS staff received the prestigious Outstanding Staff Award.

Landscape Services donates more than 400 plants to Dell Medical School and Dell Seton Medical Center staff

Landscape Services’ Dell Medical School Supervisor Justin Hayes helps ready plants for donation.
June 10, 2020

Recently, Landscape Services donated plants to Dell Medical School (DMS) and Dell Seton Medical Center staff to honor their critical work during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The idea sprang from an excess of plants in the greenhouses, and Landscape Services’ DMS supervisor Justin Hayes saw an opportunity to find new homes for the plants while giving back to the community his team supports. 

Safely maintaining the landscape: UT Landscape Services finds ways to perform critical functions during pandemic 

Landscape Services Gardener Zach Stewart
May 4, 2020

Imagine some campus buildings suddenly doubled in size or multiplied overnight. This happens in the plant and animal world: plants, trees, insects and wildlife never stop growing and multiplying. While this image illustrates the beauty and uniqueness of nature, it also highlights the importance of continued landscape maintenance, tree care and pest control on the UT Austin campus.

Landscape Services’ greenhouses: year-round planting for the future

Landscape Service employees show beautifully grown flowers in the greenhouse
Jan. 17, 2020

Do you ever think about where campus plants come from? Thanks to the efforts of Landscape Services’ greenhouse staff, families are being created in the landscape--plants you see in one area may be direct descendants of a plant in another area. Plants given out at events may have a parent living and growing on campus, and newly installed plants may have been moved across campus rather than being discarded. Refreshing, reusing and recycling of plants happens every day since greenhouse production ramped up in 2016.

Resource Recovery interns contribute to UT’s zero waste effort

Resource Recovery Interns group photo
Jan. 9, 2020

Student interns with Resource Recovery, a branch of Facilities Services that includes Zero Waste and Surplus Property, continued to target reductions in UT Austin’s solid waste stream this past semester through multiple diversion efforts. As demonstrated in their presentations delivered recently on campus, the students collectively put in over 1,300 hours to help the university move closer to its sustainability goals for the campus.

David Darling named Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management

Portrait of David Darling
Dec. 11, 2019

On December 11, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darrell Bazzell announced the hiring of David Darling to the position of Associate Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) effective January 6. He will lead the departments currently within Campus Planning and Project Management as well as Facilities Services.

Collaboration brings LBJ fountain to life in time for Texas victory over Oklahoma State

The LBJ fountain at UT Austin
Oct. 4, 2019

Sometimes you just need to make a big statement—a big splash—when you’re expecting a few people, say more than a hundred thousand or so, over for a much-anticipated event. That’s what happened when UT Austin’s Longhorns hosted the Oklahoma State Cowboys for the sold-out football game on September 21.

FAS teams step up to handle SSW flooding

This broken cast iron pipe caused flooding in SSW
Aug. 9, 2019

Fortunately, flooding in UT Austin buildings is rare except in extreme weather events. But when a mechanical failure causes indoor flooding, it’s “all hands on deck.”