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Unveiling UC Davis' Arboreal Riches

In the bustling landscape of the University of California, Davis, lies a silent community of guardians—towering sentinels that silently witness the ebb and flow of campus life. These guardians, however, have been given newfound recognition and care through an ambitious project aimed at understanding, mapping, and preserving UC Davis' arboreal riches.

Employee Spotlight: Lauren Bautista

Custodial Director Lauren Bautista joined the Facilities Management team just this past January and has already made a splash! We sat down with her to talk about her favorite parts of her new role and UC Davis as a whole. 

Before starting at Facilities Management (FM) in January, Lauren was working as an operations manager at Cintas. A friend of hers who works at Student Housing and Dining Services raved about UC Davis, so when Lauren saw the job opening here she decided to apply! She says she has the “best job ever” and loves her team and the Davis campus. 

Team Spotlight: Safety Team

Our Safety Team works diligently to ensure that Facilities Management (FM) staff are safe and supported in all of the crucial work they do for our campus. The team has almost 50 years of combined experience and is made up of 1 Environmental Health & Safety Manager and 3 safety Officers, listed below. 

Customer Spotlight: Terri Hackman

This quarter we’re highlighting Terri Hackman, Facilities Coordinator at the School of Education, as one of our outstanding customers! Terri is new to UC Davis and just started in her role about 6 months ago. We sat down with Terri to learn more about her and her role at the School of Education! 

Transforming Labs and Enhancing Efficiency

In a recent interview with Joe Lestanguet, inspector, Planner, Estimator (IPE) for Facilities Management Building Maintenance Mechanical unit, we delved into the background and details of a transformative project to enhance efficiency, reduce costs and contribute to our campus sustainability goals.

Revitalizing Campus Spaces

In the dynamic landscape of a campus such as ours, adapting facilities to meet evolving needs is paramount. One such transformative endeavor took place at Cowell building's second story, housing the Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARES). Spearheaded by Student Affairs Director Matthew Fucile and Divisional Resources Associate Director Carol Swafford, this project breathed new life into the space, providing CARES with enhanced functionality and privacy.

Staff Spotlight: Fidel Cadenas Lara


Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our Customer Experience Center (CEC) team, Fidel Cadenas Lara! Fidel joined the team in early March and is already a valuable member of the CEC.

We sat down to speak with Fidel just a week after he started his new role to get to know more about him. Fidel is new to working at UC Davis, but had some familiarity with the campus from participating in basketball games here in college! Even so, he says he has been shocked to learn how large the campus actually is! 

Staff Spotlight: Emily Francis

We’re highlighting a team member that helps Facilities Management (FM) manage the hundreds of work tasks we receive every day: Emily Francis! Emily has worked as a Workflow Analyst at FM since 2019, and has had a remarkable impact! 

Staff Spotlight: Andre Nelson

Introducing one of the many faces in the Energy and Engineering department that keep our campus running sustainably - Andre Nelson! Andre is an energy project engineer and started working for Facilities Management (FM) about 6 months ago. Andre has been in Davis for about 10 years and received his undergraduate degree here! 

Business Partner Spotlight: Derrek Kelly


This quarter we’re highlighting one of our business partners that keeps business at Facilities Management running smoothly, Derrek Kelly! Derrek has worked for Facilities Management (FM) as a financial services supervisor since January of 2022.