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new structure adds to the load of Jack Powazek and his team of 700
versatile service personnel, who currently maintain 17 million square
feet of buildings and parking structures, eight miles of high-pressure
steam lines, 85,000 doors and 65,000 irrigation heads. Tree trimming
and trash collection are contracted out, but virtually everything
else is done in-house, from changing a lightbulb to remodeling a
laboratory. Powazek is proud of his success in slashing water consumption,
from a billion to 750,000 gallons a year. He boasts that the new
Chiller/Cogeneration Plant assures the campus of low-cost power,
hot water and efficient cooling; the DWP serves only as backup.
a consensus and seeing that the campus continues to grow in the
right direction requires strong leadership. Many credit Peter Blackman,
administrative vice chancellor, with playing that role best. "I
spend a lot of time walking around the campus in the early morning
and noticing for myself what needs to be done," Blackman remarks.
"I'm constantly reminded of what a vital and evolving place this
is, and that strengthens my motivation to enhance it. We're trying
to create the kind of environment where people can teach and study
to their best advantage."
achieve this, Blackman seeks multiple benefits from every expenditure.
When old buildings are seismically reinforced, they are also upgraded
with computer connections and air conditioning to extend their useful
lives. New construction, like the Anderson School, can serve academic
needs and improve pedestrian access. Always, there's a vision of
a place that is more than the sum of its parts.
lot of the big development moves have already been made," says Duke
Oakley. "Ten years from now, these substantive improvements will
have contributed to an even stronger spirit of place. We are one
step ahead of L.A. in moving from a suburban to an urban paradigm.
I hope UCLA students will carry away with them the message that
a community can be both dense and beautiful. That idea could make
a big difference."
Webb is the author of nine books on architecture and design.