Campus First Impressions Contest 2019


By Robert Hood on August 09, 2019

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The Annual First Impressions contest sponsored by Facilities Services has transformed more than 24 campus eyesores into inviting spaces that enrich the working environment at UC San Francisco. Entries are judged on their overall campus impact and ease of delivery. The 2019 committee representing various departments chose this years’ winners which were announced in May. Below are the 10 projects that won the contest. For more information on a specific project with an up-to-date status, please visit this webpage often as we plan to update it monthly.

Citywide Case Management Waiting Room Refresh

Eugene McIver poses with Citywide Case Management Staff

Scope: To clean and refresh the waiting room space, which is worn and dated
Submission: Fumi Mitsuishi and Constance Revore
Impact: Patients and staff
Contact: Eugene McIver, project coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details:

1. Provide paint for waiting room space, lobby entrance, and waiting room service area (behind glass)
2. Install new furniture seats for waiting space
3. Clean waiting room floor & general high cleaning of space
4. Secure wire molding for card reader to wall
5. Replace window shades in waiting area
6. Replace and refresh planters in lobby
7. Change light bulbs in lobby to make space brighter

August Project Update

Seating options are being studied as well as paint colors for the waiting room clinic. Colors to complement a calming atmosphere. Furniture is being chosen which is easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing. Quotes have been provided to the customer for window shades.

September Project Update

The window shade is being replaced and the materials have been ordered. As we are replacing patient seating in the waiting room, we are studying options that will work in the space. We continue to study paint colors for the waiting room as well, to provide a calming atmosphere.

Parnassus Heights Landscape Beautification

Landscaping employees pose with big check.

Scope: To clean and refresh the waiting room space which is worn and dated
Submission: James Bennan
Impact: Patients, staff, visitors
Contact: Morgan Vaisset-Fauvel, landscape supervisor, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Revitalize Parnassus Heights landscape on both sides of the street
  a. Milberry Union Garage entrance
  b. Area between ACC and Milberry Union
  c. Area in front of the ACC building
  d. Area in front of the hospital, including planters and bushes

2. Remove old plants and replace with drought tolerant species of flowers and plants that will grow in the Mediterranean climate of San Francisco
3. Infuse colorful perennials in and around the landscape
4. Remove nutrient-lacking soil and replace
5. Install irrigation systems

August Project Update

In beautifying some of the Parnassus Landscape,  we have produced landscape designs to look at and select. Plant selections have been reviewed by the team as well as the weather climate at Parnassus can be particularly tricky. The plants that were selected will be able to handle the Mediterranean climate of Parnassus Heights cold windy summer conditions and shady areas. Plants have been ordered and we already received half of the first order. We have a team of contractors on the project and the team ready. Demolition is starting at the end of August.

September Project Update

All planting has been completed and irrigation work is now starting. 

Carpet Replacement P7

Transportation Services employees pose with big check.

Scope: To replace the carpet in hallway which sustains a high level of daily foot traffic
Submission: Doris Sorto
Impact: Patients, staff, visitors
Contact: Eugene McIver, project coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details:

1. Survey floor for asbestos and possible abatement
2. Remove the existing carpet
3. Install new carpet
4. Brighten up space with greenery

August Project Update

The P7 hallway, which tested for asbestos, will be abated and will be covered by Facilities Services. A new durable carpet will be installed in the hallway.

September Project Update

The carpet has been chosen a we are currently working on coordinating a meeting with the occupants to plan the best time for carpet installation.

Library Lactation Room Refresh

UCSF employee pose with big check to celebrate improvements to lactation room.

Scope: To improve existing lactation room with fresh paint, new floors and furniture
Submission: Lekshmi Santhos, Caroline Wick, Laura Ishakanian
Impact: Staff
Contact: Susan Yun and Sean Aloise, project interns. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Provide two private spaces for staff to use
2. Remove cloth walls and repaint with a calming color
3. Remove existing floor and replace with new floor
4. Replace current furniture with new user friendly tables and chairs

August Project Update

Quotes have been received for the removal of the fabric/cloth walls and cabinets. Paint colors have been chosen and painting is being scheduled –an accent of a lavender color named “Dreamy” will be added. We are working on a quote for the floors and baseboards. At the moment, we are choosing between two divider options for the room to provide two spaces. Thanks to the library staff, a temporary lactation room area will be provided for when the work begins on the existing room.

September Project Update

Starting on October 7, patching and painting will occur and the fabric covered panels will be taken down. A temporary lactation room will be in place when the work occurs on the existing lactation room. The flooring has been decided and will be installed in the middle of October. The lactation room will be re-launched in November.

Library Third Floor Lookout Space Beautification

Library staff pose with large check.

Scope: To upgrade the space with a site specific bench set to beautify and upgrade the space
Submission: Haley McEwan, Kirk Hudson
Impact: Staff
Contact: Susan Yun, project intern, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sean Aloise, project intern, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Remove old dated armchairs
2. Add an architectural and sustainable bench site specific to the space
3. Restore a calm open place to sit and enjoy the views
4. Windows to be cleaned

August Project Update

Furniture proposals have been received by Green Furniture Concepts and will be approved this week. An accent color to match the exterior of the library building will be added to the furniture legs. The windows have been cleaned already and we will clean again once furniture is installed.

September Project Update

The furniture from Green Furniture Concept has been ordered. This future is usually installed in international airports, so it will add to the library aesthetic is a great tasteful way. Scheduled installation of the furniture will take place in November. 

Hidden Medical Sciences Building Entrance & Hallway

Hidden Medical Sciences Big Check Ceremony

Scope: To beautify and refresh the lobby and entranceway of the Med Sciences
Submission: Julie Erich, Angela Kimura
Impact: Patients, Staff, Visitors
Contact: Eugene McIver, project coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Add fresh paint and deep clean floors
2. Add greenery
3. Renew the payphones to be privacy pods
4. Replace benches to provide better seating

August Project Update

The walls have been painted to match the rest of the MSB Lobby repaint. The floors will be deep cleaned and we are also waiting on quotes to add interior greenery to uplift the space. Lastly, the exterior entrance steps will be power washed and refreshed and appropriate signage will be created.

September Project Update

We are currently working on choosing the appropriate furniture to replace the existing wooden benches.

Mission Hall First Floor Refresh

Scope: To refresh the highly-used first floor hallway and beautify
Submission: Robert Mansfield
Impact: Staff & Visitors
Contact: Lucia Ling, project coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Leebo Pomele, project intern, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Install tables for food/other on the signs of the hallway
2. Deep clean the carpet
3. Coordinate the wall painting
4. Install greenery down the corridor
5. Possibly replace the clock

August Project Update

A deep clean of the corridor carpet has been scheduled for September. Painting of the walls have been completed after the special exhibit renewal. Lastly, renderings for tables and planters have been received and fixed tables to be installed.

September Project Update

The furniture, planters and plants have been chosen and will be purchased shortly. Installation of the tables and planters will occur sometime in October.

Irving Street Elevator Lobby Refresh

UCSF employees hold big check to celebrate improvements to Irving Street space.

Scope: To refresh the elevator lobby space with a warmer welcoming appeal
Submission: Anders Yang, Yavraaj Kapoor
Impact: Patients, Staff & Visitors
Contact: Eugene McIver, project coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Jon Nittler, project intern, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Paint Color on West wall
2. Paint the archway/doorway with UCSF logo
3. Paint the lobby walls
4. Clean and varnish existing bench
5. Provide greenery to freshen up space

August Project Update

Walls will be painted to provide a warmer appeal and the UCSF blue hues are going to be used. UCSF branding will also be provided with logos added to the walls. The floors will be deep cleaned, stripped and waxed – quote has been received. The bench will be cleaned and re-varnished. Greenery is being chosen as well.

September Project Update

We are meeting with the campus architect to go over the refresh painting of the lobby.

MCB Outdoor Courtyard Beautification

UCSF employees celebrate improvements at the Mission Center Building.

Scope: To refresh and beautify the MCB courtyard
Submission: Allison Chen, CLS
Impact: Staff & Visitors
Contact: Jessica DiMartino, facilities manager, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Leebo Pomele, project intern, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Power wash accessible ramp sidewall and large white planter
2. Remove existing furniture, concrete trash cans, wooden tops of fixed benches and terra cotta planters.
3. Provide and install new furniture
4. Provide new updated planting (esp. consider planting at the bus shelter)
5. Refurbish existing fixed benches

August Project Update

Outdoor furniture renderings/quotes have been received. The accessible side ramp sidewall will be power-washed within the next two weeks and a large white planter will be installed. Other greenery installation and options are being explored. Installation might be delayed until the exterior of MCB is remediated.

September Project Update

We have received multiple quotes on the outdoor furniture and will be purchasing shortly. We also will be adding new plants to liven up the area.

Medical Sciences Cole Hall Restroom Refresh

UCSF employees celebrate pending restroom improvements at Cole Hall.

Scope: To refresh restrooms to create a cleaner more welcoming appearance
Submission: Julie Erich, Eleanor Vogt
Impact: Patients, Staff & Visitors
Contact: Eugene McIver, project coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Details

1. Paint partitions
2. Paint or add wall cover to create accent wall
3. Refresh inside wood door
4. Add shelving
5. Relocate paper towel dispenser
6. Deep clean floors and strip/wax to add shine
7. Install hooks and grab rails

August Project Update

Many updates are occurring to the restrooms, like refreshing the wooden door, adding shelving in closer proximity of the sinks. The floors will be deep cleaned and stripped and waxed to add shine. The partitions will be replaced to last longer and to provide a brighter cleaner restroom feel. Lastly , FS is looking into the sink faucet controls deficiencies and will provide a fix.

September Project Update

We are currently waiting on vendor quotes to replace the partitions in the restrooms.