Engineering and Facilities
Alexander M. Shtromberg
Assistant Dean of Engineering and Facilities
Contact: Alex Shtromberg, Ext. 2-2345
All renovations, such as alterations, modifications or additions to building spaces, systems, or equipment, must be pre-approved by the College Facilities Committee, chaired by Alex Shtromberg. Regardless of the funding source, no renovations may be performed without prior committee approval. (This College committee also includes the Dean, Asst. Dean, Building Manager, Shops Manager, EH&S Director, and Director of Information Systems.)
Engineering support is provided to technical and research personnel in the design and construction of research, teaching, and building-related equipment, in the liquid air operation, and in renovation of laboratories, offices, and classrooms.
The Building Management Unit at the College of Chemistry is responsible for the coordination of maintenance for the seven-building College Complex. In Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, building systems are critical to the operation of the experimental apparatus. As such, it is our goal to do our utmost to ensure that these buildings and the building systems are maintained in their optimal condition. The Building Management Unit is also responsible for emergency response, security, and protection of the occupants and operations during renovations and utility maintenance.
The "Who Does It! Where to Find It! How To Do It Safely!" is a College of Chemistry tradition. First appearing in hard copy in the mid-seventies, it is now in PDF form. The "Who Does it!...", as its name implies, outlines everything from safety and emergency protocols to service units and personnel contacts for the entire complex. This is a must have resource for any college occupant. It is required that all building occupants read and understand the safety section of the "Who Does It!..." before beginning any work in the College. (See Building Management documents below to download "Who Does it!....")
For non-emergency maintenance issues call 643-6060.
Chemistry Complex Building Access
Effective February 1, 2015 requests for keys and door access will be done electronically through the College’s online application. A valid CalNet ID is required to log into the application. (If you need more information please see CalNet Authentication and Building Access FAQ's.) For application access click on the sign in button below.
If you are new to the College of Chemistry and have CalNet authentication log into the application, complete the required fields, and “Submit". You will receive an email confirmation when your PI, Supervisor or group delegate has approved your access.
If you already have normal access, request after-hours access online or have your PI, Supervisor or group delegate make the request for you.
laboratory key REQUEST
Laboratory keys are not issued until all required laboratory safety trainings have been completed. After training completion, you will receive an email confirmation when your request has been approved by your PI, Supervisor or Group Delegate.
If your research group does not have any administrative support, your PI or research director will need to contact the College of Chemistry web application developer at email@example.com to request that you be set-up as a delegate in the system. You will receive confirmation of your role once that has been completed.
How to enter or update your personal information
Log into the application and update your personal and appointment information. All changes to your appointment and all new appointments will have to be approved by your PI, Supervisor or group delegate. You will receive an email confirmation upon electronic approval. Your PI, Supervisor or group delegate can also update your appointment information and you will then receive an email confirmation of the changes.
For any other questions, please contact Building Management at 642-5232 or at 642-5231.
Building Management Team
Building Operations Manager
Inna Massen is the Building Operations Manger for the College of Chemistry and is responsible for all areas of facilities repairs, maintenance and operations. She manages, plans, coordinates, and monitors activities affecting the physical, environmental and security conditions of the College.
As an Associate Engineer of the College's Facility and Engineering Department, Inna is also involved in new facilities renovation and design and coordinates occupants impact issues related to construction. She is one of the acting directors of the College's 24/7/ emergency response program and supervises College of Chemistry Building Management Team
Facility Management Specialists dispatch facilities repairs to Campus Physical Plant. They work with building occupants to ensure that repair needs and priorities are accurately reported to Physical Plant. Refer to the "Who Does It!..." for details on maintenance issue reporting.
Facility Management Specialists also function as Emergency Action Directors who alternate off-hours coverage of the College's 24/7 emergency response phone line, 2-9090.
- Who Does It! Where to Find It! How To Do It Safely!
- UC Berkeley Office of Emergency Management
- Policies (Building Management website)
- Key Policy
The College of Chemistry Shops offer comprehensive technical expertise in support of the College's mission of providing the highest quality in education, research, and public service. Shop technical services facilitate the exploration, discovery, and dissemination of new scientific knowledge.
College Shops are organized into the following seven units:
- Glass Shop
- Electrical Shop
- Electronics Shop
- Pump Repair Shop
- Wood Shop
- Machine Shop
- Student Shop
These Shops are able to provide the researcher with a full range of professional services including consultation and design, project management, and fabrication. Their services include, but are not limited to, the construction, installation or repair of experimental equipment and instrumentation; scientific glassblowing; electronics construction and repair; precision prototype machining and welding; precision sheet metal fabrication; laboratory construction, remodeling and repair; vacuum pump and small motor maintenance and repair; electrical repairs, installations and upgrades. The Student Shop also offers limited, do-it-yourself project abilities.
The Liquid Air Operation provides the following products and related services to teaching and research units within the College of Chemistry and the Physics Department:
- Liquid nitrogen is available to authorized personnel from a dispenser on the B level at the confluence of Latimer, Hildebrand, Giauque, and Tan Halls. The product is dispensed into customer-owned dewars.
- Authorization requires (1) completion of cryogenic safety training (email Philip@cchem.berkeley.edu) and (2) possession of an access card issued by the College.
- Teaching/research units receive recharge billing monthly for liquid nitrogen received from the dispenser. The current recharge rate is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
- For problems with the dispenser, call pager 510-801-9049, Ext. 2-4165 or Ext. 2-2985.
Bulk liquid nitrogen is provided to the Physics Department and is recharged to that Department. The current recharge rate is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list.
- Nitrogen gas is piped into many teaching and research laboratories in the College. For problems with this piping, call Ext. 2-4165 or Ext. 2-2985.
- Teaching/research units receive recharge billing monthly for nitrogen gas based on monthly meter readings. Some meters are shared by groups and the charges are prorated. The current recharge rate is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
Oxygen gas is available through stores in cylinders. For more information, call ext. 2-4165 or ext. 2-2985.
- Liquid helium is available to teaching and research laboratories in the College and the Physics Department by placing orders at the Liquid Air Plant at BG9 Giauque, by calling Ext. 2-4165, or by ordering with the online Helium Order Desk. The liquid helium is available in 60, 100, 250, or 500-liter dewars. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
- Teaching/research units receive recharge billing monthly. The current recharge rate is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
Warm Helium Dewar Cool Down Charge
In some cases, a warm helium dewar cool-down charge may apply. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
Helium Recovery Credit
- Helium recovery credit is available to participating teaching and research laboratories in the College and the Physics Department who purchase liquid helium from the Liquid Air Plant. For information about how to participate, call Ext. 2-4165
- Teaching/research units receive recovery credit monthly. The current recharge recovery rate is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
- Helium gas cylinders are available to authorized personnel from a cylinder dispenser cage on the B level at the confluence of Latimer, Hildebrand, Giauque and Tan Halls. The cage door is activated by an access card issued by the College.
- For problems with the cylinder dispenser cage, call Ext. 2-4165 or Ext. 2-2985.
- Teaching/research units receive recharge billing monthly. The current recharge recovery rate is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
Helium cylinder demurrage charge
Helium gas customers are billed monthly for demurrage of each cylinder. The current charge is shown on the Liquid Air Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-2985.
|Nitrogen Products (effective July 1, 2014)|
|Bulk Liquid Nitrogen||$0.30/liter|
|Gaseous Nitrogen||$0.0091/100 cubic ft|
|Helium Products (effective July 1, 2014)|
|Gaseous Helium||$72.00/cylinder fill|
|Helium recovery credit||($8.30/liter)|
Lab Safety Specialist
For Health & Safety Training Requirements for Staff and Researchers
click on the training button at http://ccehss.berkeley.edu
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