Plant Operations earns praise


I would like to publicly thank Plant Operations staff for the fine work they have done in and around both the Main Library and the Walter C. Koerner Library over the past year.

In June we moved the contents of the Sedgewick Library into the new Koerner "tower." This involved a good number of people, under the direction of Mike Hurren, and the job went very smoothly. We moved a good part of the Main Library over to the Koerner Library during the period from Dec. 20 through the first week in January. During that time the crew, under the direction of Lee Ferrari, moved furniture, equipment, and hundreds of boxes containing the office collections of close to one hundred of our staff. The end of December was not without its excitement as the largest snowstorm to hit our area in the last 75 years stopped the Lower Mainland in its tracks. Our move was delayed for a few days, but despite this setback staff managed to complete the move in good time. Special thanks go to Mike Hanson and Mike McKeever who worked with us on both moves.

I'd also like to thank the painters, headed by Paul Rogan, for their work in the Main Library. Over the latter part of 1996 they did a great deal of work for us, leaving the Fine Arts Library and the Science and Engineering Library in particular looking better than they have for many years. The painting has been a real morale booster for us all and I'm more than grateful to Dan Leslie for making it possible for us to have so much work done.

I owe thanks to Marty Cole for his support over the year. He is always quick to help me out if I ask, and is unfailingly friendly and patient. Together with John Bramley he responded, in the middle of the night, to the flood we had last year in the mechanical room of the Main Library. John Bramley also has my thanks for his assistance in getting us a new elevator for the North Wing of Main. Rob Severson did a fine job as Project Manager for this project which gave us the elevator we so desperately needed.

The other people who help to keep this building functioning and to whom I owe a debt of gratitude include trades and utilities people, custodial people, and our Area Supervisor John Irvine.

I know that I have mentioned only a few of the many people whose hard work keeps the Library building functioning. But my thanks go to everyone who has worked with us over the year. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by us all.

Suzanne Dodson
Facilities and Preservation Manager, UBC Library

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