Tag Archives: Swim

Meet our staff: A Flush That Saves Millions

…gallons of water, that is!

MAINTENANCE and OPERATIONS (M&O) is on a mission! Upgrading of restroom equipment is underway, with the installation of new low-flush toilets and urinals.

State-of-the-art water saving equipment

water saving equipment

This is a huge undertaking, with scheduling challenges and retro-fitting needed in some areas. When complete, it is estimated the college will save $77,000 in water costs and save a staggering 38.5 Million gallons of water annually. The job is expected to complete by the end of 2013. Bakersfield College strives to effectively contribute to the water conservation effort, so critical to the Bakersfield community.

Bakersfield College Pool

Bakersfield College Pool

And speaking of taking a “plunge”, timing is everything when it comes to efficiency in operating the pool pumps for the Olympic-sized competition swimming facility at BC.  Department plumber, Don Birdwell has been instrumental in working with electrical engineers to design a control device to provide variable speeds on the college pool pumps.  This allows programmed speeds based on pool usage. The design was submitted to PG & E, where it was approved for a rebate, making the new controller a cost-saver at installation, but BC also expects to save approximately $3,500 per month on the electric bill. The job is expected to complete by the end of September, 2013.  Contributor:  Don Birdwell, Plumbing

Keeping our cool…HVAC updates

Completed this year, was the cooling system in the Library computer server room. It was replaced with a new 2-stage air condition system. Not only did the new system cost $30,000 less than the old one, its 2-stage design offers additional redundancy to systems already in place. The new unit is connected to an non-interruptable power system, which will provide continued power to computer systems in the event of a power outage.

Sonya Christian, Jim Coggins and  Sean James Chillin'

Sonya Christian, Jim Coggins
and Sean James Chillin’

Also, on the schedule this year: The CHILLERS, located below the Industrial Technology building keep about 66% of the buildings on campus cool. Looking for better efficiency and safety standards, the old system was in need of an upgrade.  The old natural gas engine-driven chillers will be replaced with new electric motor-driven chillers. These will offer 2 times the capacity and additional redundancy factors, a great benefit in making the change. The job is expected to complete spring, 2014.
Contributor:  Plant Engineer, Bill Garrett

Young swimmers at BC

Bakersfield College grounds were festive over President’s Day weekend with 800 swimmers ages 6 – 18, their friends and families.  28 teams from all over California competing in over 100 events over the 4 days. I had the chance to walk through the event on that Saturday and observe the meet first-hand.

The meet has not been held in Bakersfield since 2009. It has been held in Clovis for the last few years and we were fortunate to bring it back to our campus.

There were 4 groups that really made this happen

1. Bakersfield Aquatics Club Parents

2. Bakersfield College facilities and staff especially:

*   Sean James – was available at all times during the meet and helped run it

*   Don Birdwell – helped Charlie get the pool up and ready

*   Tarina Perry – helped before, during and after

*   Steve Shafer – stepped up to meet electrical power needs and replaced lights

*   Todd Coston – volunteered his time to make sure that all the IT stuff was good and ready to go, before and during the meet

*   Charlie Pike – BC pool tech and former BC head swim coach and current BAC coach

*   Bill Garrett – Fixed anything we discovered needed fixing ASAP ( and there were quite a few things)

3. Bakersfield Police Explorers – volunteered over 200 hours to help with security and parking.

4. Bakersfield College Swim Team and Students – Volunteered all weekend with timing and running at the meet

Tina Cummings, our Aquatics Director, said that:

“This meet gave us an opportunity to work together to bring attention to swimming in Bakersfield and to Bakersfield College.  We sold out 4 area hotels and all those swimmers and their families had to eat and shop right here in Bakersfield all weekend.”

I was happy to see the crowd enjoying themselves, and proud of our work at the college.


Central California Swinning Plympic Championship Feb 15-18 2013

Central California Swimming Championship at Bakersfield College Feb 15 - 18, 2013

Central California Swimming Championship at Bakersfield College Feb 15 – 18, 2013