Facilities Operations & Research Safety

Michael C. Kumpf, CHMM
Senior Assistant Dean, Facilities Operations & Research Safety
444 Latimer Hall
(510) 643-0648
kumpf@berkeley.edu


Renovations
Facilities Team
Facilities Engineering & Management
Shops & Research Support Services
Cryogenic Plant
Organic & Physical Storeroom
Room Reservations


Renovations

Contact: Michael C. Kumpf, (510) 643-0648

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 Michael C. Kumpf. Regardless of the funding source, no renovations may be performed without prior committee approval. This Facility Committee consists of: the Dean of the College, Associate Executive Dean, Assistant Deans, Facility Manager and the Director of the EHS&S Program.

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Facilities Team

Steven Williams
Facilities Engineer
(510) 643-4220
swilliams5117@berkeley.edu

Steven Williams is the Facilities Engineer for the College of Chemistry and is responsible for all areas of facilities repairs, maintenance and operations. He manages, plans, coordinates, and monitors activities affecting the physical, environmental and security conditions of the College.
Steven is involved in new facilities renovation and design and coordinates occupants impact issues related to construction. He is one of the acting directors of the College's emergency response program and supervises College of Chemistry Building Management Team.

Alexei Anderson
Facilities Coordinator
(510) 642-5231
alexeianderson@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) or chem_request@berkeley.edu

The facilities coordinator manages the College's emergency response program and also is the primary contact to dispatch facilities repairs to Campus Physical Plant. He works 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.

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Facilities Engineering & Management

College of Chemistry Building (Facilities) Management Unit is responsible for coordination of maintenance and repairs to the seven-building College Complex. For Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering departments properly functioning building systems are critical for the success of the departments' instructional and scientific research activities. CoC Facility Management Mission is to do their utmost to ensure that these buildings and the building systems are maintained in their optimal condition. The Facilities Management Unit is also responsible for emergency response, security, and protection of the occupants and operations during renovations and utility repairs, and maintenance.

The booklet "Who Does It! Where to Find It! How To Do It Safely!" is the 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 for the College of Chemistry 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!....")

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Non-emergency Maintenance Requests

For non-emergency maintenance issues, please log into the Chem Request application and complete an online submission form.

For application access click on the sign in button directly below:

Facilities Work Requests

Check the status of requests on the Facility Management Status Page.


Chemistry Complex Building Access

Keys request and building access is done electronically through the College’s online application. A valid CalNet ID is required to log into the application.

For more info please see CalNet Authentication and the online Building Access FAQ's.

For application access click on the sign in button directly below:

Building Access


After-hours access

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 Binhtri Huynh at binhtri@berkeley.edu 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 642-5231.


Building Management Documents

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Shops and Research Support

Contacts

Michael Brateng, Trade Shop Manager
(510) 643-2079
mbrateng@berkeley.edu

Shop Supervisor of:

  • Carpentry Shop
  • Mechanical Shop (plumbing & sheet metal)
  • Electrical Shop

College of Chemistry Shops

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.

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; electrical construction and repair; precision prototype machining and welding; precision sheet metal fabrication; laboratory construction, remodeling and repair; laboratory equipment, vacuum pump and small motor maintenance and repair; electrical repairs, installations and upgrades.

Student Shop

The student Shop program is currently under administrative review and not accepting new user requests at this time. Please contact Assistant Dean Michael Kumpf at kumpf@berkeley.edu if you have any questions.

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Cryogenic Plant

Contacts

Steven Williams
Facility Engineer
(510) 643-4220
swilliams5117@berkeley.edu

Kinfe Lita, Development Technician5
Plant Technician
(510)-642-4165
kinfel@berkeley.edu

Cryogenic Plant Price List
Online Helium Order Desk

The Cryogen Operation provides the following products and related services to teaching and research units within the College of Chemistry and the Physics Department:

Nitrogen Liquid

Dispenser

  • 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 swilliams5117@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 Cryogenic Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-4165.
  • For problems with the dispenser, call Ext. 2-4165 or Ext. 3-3169. Other Emergency contact numbers are posted on the door to the Nitrogen Dispenser

Bulk

Bulk liquid nitrogen is provided to the Physics Department and is recharged to that Department. The current recharge rate is shown on the Cryogenic Plant price list.

Nitrogen Gas

  • Nitrogen gas is piped into many teaching and research laboratories in the College. For problems with this piping, call Ext. 2-4165 or Ext. 3-3961
  • 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 Cryogenic Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-4165.

Helium Liquid

  • Liquid helium is available to teaching and research laboratories in the College and the Physics Department by placing orders at the Cryogenic 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 Cryogenic Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-4165.

Warm Helium Dewar Cool Down Charge

In some cases, a warm helium dewar cool-down charge may apply. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-4165.

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 Cryogenic 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 Cryogenic Plant price list. For billing problems, call Ext. 2-4165.

cryogenic Plant Price List (effective 7/1/2020)

Helium Products
Liquid Helium (per liter) 17.00
Helium Dewar Cool-down (per dewar) $52.00
Helium Recovery Credit (per liter) ($8.50)
Nitrogen Products 
Gaseous Nitrogen (per cu. ft.) $0.0079
Liquid Nitrogen (per liter) $0.37
Bulk Nitrogen (per liter) $0.40

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