Building Maintenance

The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College provide funding for basic operation and maintenance of all existing campus buildings. These funded services include routine and preventive maintenance work required to keep the buildings, utilities, and grounds in an acceptable and safe operating condition.

The Building Maintenance department takes care of all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. They maintain all lighting, electrical, and chilled water systems, and all fire, life and safety systems. They also install all shelves, pictures, panels, assemble furniture, move furniture and a myriad of other items.

Principal maintenance services funded include

  • Repair of windows, shades and existing glass display cases.
  • Repair and testing of refrigeration system components, refrigerator/freezers and ice machines.
  • Maintenance of building ventilation, air conditioning, heating systems.
  • Maintenance of fire protection / security equipment and alarm systems.
  • Repair and maintenance of water, sewer, drainage, and gas utility systems.
  • Repair to standard classroom furnishings ( fixed seating, tables, chairs)
  • Repair or replacement of floors and floor coverings
  • Painting-within public areas, including main entrances, public corridors, stairwells and restrooms.
  • Foundations and structures, roofs, gutters and ceilings
  • Stairways, handrails, ramps
  • Doors and building entrances
  • Electrical-lighting and electrical systems
  • Laboratory equipment, washers and dryers, centrifuges and stills.
  • Heavy maintenance equipment such as trucks and carts.
  • Exterior masonry repair, cleaning and repair of roofs, gutters and downspouts.
  • Maintenance of irrigation systems, roadways, street lighting & campus signage.

Equipment Preventative Maintenance

There are many systems / items that need preventative maintenance. A few include inspection, lubrication, operational adjustments, belt tensioning and replacement, indicator light replacement of all HVAC system equipment, hundreds of fire extinguishers, hundreds of light bulbs both on the street and in the buildings, the entire fire system, entire security system, all the doors on campus, over 1000 air conditioning filters some need to be changed quarterly and some yearly, hundreds of pumps, twenty heating system boilers, eleven domestic hot water boilers, three chillers, eighty nine backflow preventers, four cooling towers, all the building roof gutters on campus, storm drains and all of our vehicles.

Definition of Routine Repairs

Routine repairs are non-urgent, everyday repairs which need to be carried out as a result of normal usage or any repair that would improve or maintain the comfort and convenience of your environment. These would include replacing light bulbs, repairing leaking water faucets, repairing furniture, repairs to doors, frames, nicks in drywall, painting, replacing ceiling tiles or other similar repairs where it poses no urgent risk to student, staff, faculty or property.

Maintenance Response Times

Work Request Priority Response Time Completion Time
Emergency Immediate Same day
Urgent Same Day Correct within 24 hours
High 3 Working Days Correct within 7 days
Routine 7 Working Days Correct within 25 working days
Scheduled Project is scheduled Complete as scheduled

Definition of Emergency Repairs

An Emergency Repair Request constitutes a life, health, safety or potential damage to facility concern. These may include, but not limited to, a lost key, broken window, power failure, blocked or broken drains, fallen trees, broken water pipes, no heating, doors that can not be secured or public area lighting that is out.