Facilities Management… John Hunter
The crazy weather late February rally tested the heartiness of our building and we are happy to report that it all stayed outside. For the first time in years the interior our office has been leak free. No more pans and buckets to collect water. No more mops and rags to dry floors. A dry interior is our reward for the investment on roof upgrades and money was well spent.
Since our last report, we have been busy repairing the ceiling damage in various places in the office. Special thanks to our super star volunteer, Phil Schad. There are still several sections of ceilings that need to be patched and painted.
To focus on a path toward achieving our goals and setting priorities, the Facilities Management Committee has adopted the following Mission Statement: “Umpqua Watersheds Facilities Management Committee is committed to the timely maintenance and upgrade of our downtown office building in an energy efficient manner. The self-sustaining operation is focused on a safe and comfortable environment that enhances valuable assets to the organization and to the community.”
Our priority for this year is to replace our obsolete HVAC duct work in the attic with a more efficient system and to install more attic insulation. We also hope to replace our interior lighting with LED fixtures with help from the Energy Trust.
We are applying for grants to offset the costs of these improvements. No matter what, our goal is to create a more comfortable and energy efficient office environment.
In the meantime, we have begun the challenge of sorting and reorganizing years of clutter and duplicate materials. This too, will provide a more efficient office area. If you want to roll up your sleeves and help, we have monthly work session on the second Saturday of every month at 10 am. Just one hour of your time can help. Please join us! Committee meetings are the first Tuesday monthly, 5:30 pm , Watersheds Office.
On Saturday, March 23, 3-5 pm, we will hold our quarterly open house. Please attend for a chance to win raffle and door prizes, mingle with your friends at Umpqua Watersheds and appreciate the improvements at our office.