Office of Facilities Management Weekly Updates

Week Commencing 6th November 2022


Education City World Cup Logistics

For details of logistics during the World Cup in Education City please use the GU-Q WC’22 webpage here.

Summary:
– The GU-Q building is open every day. On EC match days, access will only be through the loading dock.
– From 11th November until 2nd January there will be no office assistance or catering available on site. Pantries will be stocked daily during the week.
– The bookstore is closed from now until 2nd January.
– The mailroom will be open on weekdays except on match days.
– All car parks except the GU-Q building car park will be closed from 19th November.
– On match days all gates and roads will be closed from KO -6 hours until match finish +3 hours. During this time the tram will run as a shuttle only from Oxygen Park to Penrose House only. Student housing residents may park in the Al Shaqab Stadium car park.


Finance and FM Off Site – Wednesday, November 9

FM and Finance will be off site on Wednesday 9th November for a team exercise. In an emergency please call Clare Wait (FM) or Andrew Henley (Finance).


Student Parking On Site From 11th November

Student parking on site at GU-Q will be available from 11th November 2022 to 1st January 2023.


Fire Alarm Testing – Saturday, November 12th.

QF will conduct the regular testing for the building’s fire alarm system on Saturday, November 12, from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
During the testing period:
1.      Building alarms and strobe lights will be activated to check the system’s integrity and functionality.
2.      Operation of elevators, sliding doors, and air conditioning might be affected.
3.      Please do not evacuate the building unless instructed by the Security Team.
4.      If you are in the building and have an emergency or concern, please report it to the GU-Q Security Office at 4457-8458. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Pest Control Fogging – Saturday, November 19th.

As part of planned pest management, QF has scheduled a fogging/fumigation treatment for the external areas & internal areas of the GU-Q building on Saturday, November 19, starting at 6:30 a.m. In the interest of safety, access to the building will be restricted on that day until 5 p.m. For any assistance, please get in touch with us at guqfacilities@georgetown.edu.


10% Discount for Students at Tim Hortons

Great news! The Facilities Management team at GU-Q has negotiated a 10% discount for all GU-Q students at Tim Hortons when you present a valid student ID. Enjoy!


O Street Cafe: Now Charging for Biodegradable Takeaway Containers For Full Hot Buffet Orders Only

O Street Cafe has now onboarded new 100% biodegradable containers made of cornstarch and they’ve had to introduce a charge for these given the high cost of the items. Customers will only be charged for these containers, however, when they order the full hot buffet.
The total charges for takeaway containers will be an additional 5QR.
This will include 2QR for the compartment container, 1QR for the salad container, 1QR for the cutlery set, and 1QR for the paper bag. 
A la carte containers for take-away will remain free of charge.

These biodegradable containers should be disposed of in the garbage can, as they will biodegrade. We applaud O Street Cafe for offering such a sustainable option in our cafeteria.


Service Providers Bazaar: Call for Contributions

While we’re spending more time at home during the World Cup, consider a closet clear out! The Annual Service Providers Bazaar at GU-Q will be hosted this year on Saturday, January 14 and we’ll be accepting contributions up until January 10. Please consider giving adult and childrens clothing, shoes, linens, kitchenware, electronics, appliances, children’s toys, small furnishings, or canned food. Items can be dropped in the marked metal bin in the parking garage at GU-Q anytime. If you have questions, please contact Amanda at al1352@georgetown.edu



Week Commencing 30th October 2022


Bookstore Closed From November 6

The bookstore will be closed starting Sunday, November 6th, 2022 until Sunday, January, 1st, 2023 for renovations, floor polishing, and winter holidays. The bookstore will resume regular operations starting Monday, January 2nd, 2023. 

If you have any questions or concerns please reach us at guqbookstore@georgetown.edu

Service Provider Collection – Thank You

We would like to thank all of those who generously contributed to the service provider’s collection. We raised enough to give each person QAR 520 at the lunch on Saturday. This was our highest ever amount.


Make your Day an Elevator Free Day


O Street Cafe and Tim Hortons Open Saturday, Nov 5 for Exams

On Saturday, November 5, our food outlets at GU-Q will open to accommodate those in the building taking or setting up exams.
O Street Cafe will be open 8:00am-3:30pm
Tim Hortons will be open 8:30am-4:00pm.


Week Commencing 23th October 2022



Takeaway Only Day October 30

Due to an event in the Atrium, the cafeteria will be takeaway only on Sunday next week,


Luca Buca Pizza Truck Pop Up October 24 to 26

The Luca Buca, the pizza truck, will be at GU-Q outside the Main Entrance serving 12 – 8 pm on October 24, 25, 26. Join us for lunch or dinner, or both! You can find Luca Buca on Instagram at @LBPQatar. 


Week Commencing 17th October 2022


Hoya Meetups Extended

The “Hoya Meetups” program, expanded this semester, fosters connections between GU-Q service providers and faculty, staff, and students. We invite you to learn more about the program and sign up to schedule a breakfast or lunch “meetup” between October 23 and November 3. Questions or feedback can be sent to Amanda Look Sarmiento at al1352@georgetown.edu.




Week Commencing 9th October 2022


Qatar Sustainability Week in Conjunction with Earthna.


Week Commencing 2nd October 2022


Service Provider Collection – Last Week to Contribute

This is the last week to contribute to this year’s service provider’s collection. So far we have collected QAR 20,800. This will mean we can give each service provider QAR 200. It would be great to at least double that. Please give generously.

You can leave your contribution at the Bookstore or with your departmental representative anytime before 6th October, 2022. For more information please use this link


Masks and Green Ehteraz Required to Board Tram in Education City

We want to remind all tram riders that current MOPH guidelines for Public Transport still requires masks to be worn inside all taxis, buses, trams, and trains and for the Ehteraz green status to be shown by everyone, to allow entry.  Anyone unable to show green Ehteraz or who does not wear a mask will not be allowed to ride EC Tram and buses, in accordance with the MOPH guidelines. Please don’t forget to wear your mask! 


Student Center Access Restrictions for WISH

Please note that the following changes will be made around the Multaqa Student Center in light of the WISH Convention happening from 4-6 October 2022.

Sept 24, 2022 Only food court access via Oxygen Park
Oct 1, 2022  Closure of CP1 parking.
Oct 4, 2022  Road Closure in front of Multaqa and extended traffic routes from 6:30-10 am. Dedicated access gates and re-route. No access to CC parking and green spine.
Oct 5-6, 2022 Traffic is expected in the morning around Multaqa. No access to CC parking and green spine.
Oct 7-9 2022 Working site: Derig. Re-opening of Multaqa. Restricted access from food court site to vendors. CP1 parking re-open.
Oct 10 Back to normal.

Please find a document here containing detailed information about these changes.



Week Commencing 25th September 2022


Fire Alarm System Testing – Saturday

QF will be carrying out an actual test of the building fire alarm system on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. During the testing period:
1.      Building alarms and strobe lights will be activated to check the system’s integrity and functionality.
2.      Operation of elevators, sliding doors, and air conditioning might be affected.
3.      Please do not evacuate the building unless otherwise instructed by the Security Team.
4.      If you are in the building and have an emergency or concern, please report it to the GU-Q Security Office on 4457-8458. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.


Goodbye Amr!

Goodbye to Amr Mahmoud and Welcome Back Bilal Habib. After providing an excellent one and half years of service at Georgetown, Amr will be leaving DHL and moving back to Egypt. Unfortunately for us, this means he will only be with us until September 29th, 2022. We wish Amr the best of luck for his future. Please feel free to stop by the mailroom to say your goodbyes.
We are also welcoming back Bilal Habib, who is taking over as the Interim DHL Specialist for GUQ. Bilal has worked with us for 4 years before Amr’s tenure and will be handling our mail operations until our permanent onsite replacement is hired. 
We thank Amr for all his work and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at guqmail@georgetown.edu


Nosh Cravings Pop Up @ GU-Q This Week

Nosh Cravings will be here from 8:30am-3pm on Sept 26, 27, and 28 serving vegan fast food. We hope you enjoy!


Limited Seating in Atrium on Wednesday, September 28

There will be limited seating in the Atrium on Wednesday, September 28 due to preparations for an event in the Atrium that evening. If you are looking for a place to eat your lunch, 0A03, 0A04, 0A07, and 0A08 are all available for dining from 12:45-2:30pm.


Takeaway Only Days Oct 2 and 3

Due to event preparations in the Atrium, the cafeteria will be takeaway only on Sunday and Monday next week,
October 2 and 3. If you are looking for a place to eat the Faculty & Staff Lounge, 0A04, 0A07, and 0A08 are available.


Drinking Water Fountains Update

We are pleased to share that all water fountains have ben reinstated around the building. The fountains were closed as a precautionary measure at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. All the necessary maintenance, cleaning, and water quality checks have been performed in order to ensure the quality of the drinking water.

Should you need any further information, or have any questions, please contact us at guqfacilities@georgetown.edu  


GU-Q Building

GU-Q Building Access and Opening Hours

GU-Q building is accessible 24 hours a day. After 10pm visitors will no longer be able to enter the building, and any visitors who are already on site will be asked to leave the building.
Please note that due to current COVID-19 restrictions, building access will require a green Ehteraz status.
As of September 1, 2022, masks are no longer required inside the GU-Q building.
Building entry and exit points are below:

Main Entrance (Library): 7am to 8:30pm
VIP Entrance: 7am to 8:30pm
Car Park 1 (underground): 7am to 4.00pm – Exit at any time
Loading Dock: 24/7 entry & exit

For food deliveries please direct the driver to the Loading Dock and meet them there.

Should you need any further information, or have any questions, please contact us at guqfacilities@georgetown.edu


Week Commencing 18th September 2022


Education City Parking on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Qatar Foundation will be conducting a full transportation rehearsal around Education City on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 from 6.00am to 12.00pm. All EC parking spaces except West Car Park (Stadium), Oxygen Car Park and Al Shaqab Car Park will be evacuated and handed over to QF.

LAS Building, Gate 2 Ceremonial Court , Green Spine, Chef’s Garden, QFIS and QNL parking will not be accessible during those hours. We recommend students to park at the Oxygen Car Park and proceed to take the tram, a scooter, or walk to GU-Q between those hours. Please give yourself an additional 15 minutes to reach the building.

GU-Q onsite parking for employees and visitors will still be available, Car Park 1, Car Park 2, and VIP Parking.

This is expected to be a countrywide rehearsal seeing up to 3,000 buses impacting road traffic.

Should you need any further information, or have any questions, please contact us at guqfacilities@georgetown.edu


Various Dietary and Pricing Options Available at O Street Cafe.

In response to your feedback last semester The O Street Cafe has increased it’s Vegan and Vegetarian options. Check out the A La Carte lunch menu and Grab and Go menu here.

You are also encouraged to explain your dietary requirements to the O Street team who can assis by customizing a meal or suggesting an A La Carte, grab and go, or hot buffet item that might fit your dietary needs. 

For tips on pricing and meal cards view this presentation.



Week Commencing 11th September 2022



Welcome Back Manahil ’20

Please join us in welcoming Manahil Nadeem who returns to Georgetown in Qatar this week as an Events Coordinator. Manahil is a GU-Q alumni from Pakistan who has been living in Qatar with her family since 2001.  She graduated from Georgetown in 2020, having studied International Economics. Since graduating, Manahil has worked for Qatar Foundation Community Development as well as Qatar Museums in the Chairperson’s Office. Manahil enjoys travelling, and in her free time she is usually catching up on Netflix.

Manahil can be reached at man92@georgetown.edu or 4454-8359. She is situated in Events Suite LA09.


Expanding Hoya Meetups

This semester we are expanding the “Hoya Meetups” program and we’re inviting you to be a part of this exciting initiative, which fosters connections and engagement between GU-Q staff, faculty, and students, and GU-Q Service Providers. 
Meetups will take place between October 2-6. To learn more about the program, visit this page.
To participate, please complete this sign up form
Questions or feedback can be sent to Amanda Look Sarmiento at al1352@georgetown.edu.


Various Dietary and Pricing Options Available at O Street Cafe.

In response to your feedback last semester The O Street Cafe has increased it’s Vegan and Vegetarian options. Check out the A La Carte lunch menu and Grab and Go menu here.

You are also encouraged to explain your dietary requirements to the O Street team who can assis by customizing a meal or suggesting an A La Carte, grab and go, or hot buffet item that might fit your dietary needs. 

For tips on pricing and meal cards view this presentation.


Reminder: No Smoking on Campus

GU-Q is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Under this policy, which applies to GU students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors, smoking and other tobacco use, or any form of e-cigarette, is prohibited inside and around the exterior of the GU-Q building and on campus grounds (see map). Resources for tobacco and smoking cessation can be found here.


Reminder: Takeaway Only Thursday, September 15

O Street Cafe and Tim Horton’s will be takeaway only all day on Thursday, September 15 (no dine in due to preparations for an event in the Atrium that evening). Consider purchasing a reusable takeaway container for only 10 QR from O Street Cafe! If you are looking for a place to eat your lunch, the Faculty & Staff Lounge,0A04, 0A07, and 0A08 are all available for dining from 12:45-2:30pm. 


Reminder: QF Shuttle Now Servicing Al Meera Grocery Store

QF have agreed to alter their route on their Lulu Express grocery store runs to allow for students to also be dropped off at Al Meera Al Gharaffa. They have agreed to trial this on a short-term basis and monitor usage.

The QF shuttles will now take students from the dorms to AlMeera first (you must tell the driver you want to be dropped at Al Meera upon entering the shuttle) then to Lulu Express. The shuttles run Sunday – Thursday between 6:00-10:00pm and shuttles come every hour on the hour. They pick up at Southnest and Northnest with 20 minutes of waiting time at Lulu Express and AlMeera for immediate returns.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity so that QF sees the value and agrees to continue it.  This change also means GU-Q’s shuttle service to Al Meera on Thursdays at 10:00am and 3:00pm, which we ran as a temporary trial, is now discontinued. Questions and feedback can be directed to Amanda Look Sarmiento at al1352@georgetown.edu.


Week Commencing 4th September 2022



No Smoking on Campus

GU-Q is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Under this policy, which applies to GU students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors, smoking and other tobacco use, or any form of e-cigarette, is prohibited inside and around the exterior of the GU-Q building and on campus grounds (see map). Resources for tobacco and smoking cessation can be found here.


Takeaway Only Thursday, September 15

O Street Cafe and Tim Horton’s will be takeaway only all day on Thursday, September 15 (no dine in due to preparations for an event in the Atrium that evening). Consider purchasing a reusable takeaway container for only 10 QR from O Street Cafe! If you are looking for a place to eat your lunch, the Faculty & Staff Lounge,0A04, 0A07, and 0A08 are all available for dining from 12:45-2:30pm. 


QF Shuttle Now Servicing Al Meera Grocery Store

QF have agreed to alter their route on their Lulu Express grocery store runs to allow for students to also be dropped off at Al Meera Al Gharaffa. They have agreed to trial this on a short-term basis and monitor usage.

The QF shuttles will now take students from the dorms to AlMeera first (you must tell the driver you want to be dropped at Al Meera upon entering the shuttle) then to Lulu Express. The shuttles run Sunday – Thursday between 6:00-10:00pm and shuttles come every hour on the hour. They pick up at Southnest and Northnest with 20 minutes of waiting time at Lulu Express and AlMeera for immediate returns.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity so that QF sees the value and agrees to continue it.  This change also means GU-Q’s shuttle service to Al Meera on Thursdays at 10:00am and 3:00pm, which we ran as a temporary trial, is now discontinued. Questions and feedback can be directed to Amanda Look Sarmiento at al1352@georgetown.edu.


Reminder: Tram Changes for World Cup Build

Please note from 1st of September 2022 EC TRAM operational service will change. The section of track between Mathaf to Academy parking ( West car park) will be handed over to the Supreme Committee which will allow them to commence with the installation of their overlays and security screening for the Education City Stadium. The Academy parking ( West car park ) station will become the new terminal station for both lines there will be no service to Mathaf.  


Reminder: Disposables @ Tim Horton’s are Recyclable

Great news! All of the disposables at Tim Horton’s are recyclable, so please remember to recycle them instead of throwing them in the general waste bin!


Reminder:Tim Hortons Hours Update

Tim Hortons will amend their hours slightly for the remainder of the semester. They will now be open Sunday – Wednesday from 8:00am-8:00pm and on Thursdays from 8:00am-5:00pm. Effective September 1.


Week Commencing 28th August 2022


Takeaway Only Wednesday 31st August

O Street Cafe and Tim Horton’s will be takeaway only all day on Wednesday, August 31 (no dine in due to preparations for an event in the Atrium that evening). Consider purchasing a reusable takeaway container for only 10 QR from O Street Cafe! If you are looking for a place to eat your lunch, the Faculty & Staff Lounge, 0A03, 0A04, 0A07, and 0A08 are all available for dining from 12:45-2:30pm. 


Tram Changes for World Cup Build

Please note from 1st of September 2022 EC TRAM operational service will change. The section of track between Mathaf to Academy parking ( West car park) will be handed over to the Supreme Committee which will allow them to commence with the installation of their overlays and security screening for the Education City Stadium. The Academy parking ( West car park ) station will become the new terminal station for both lines there will be no service to Mathaf.  


Disposables @ Tim Horton’s are Recyclable

Great news! All of the disposables at Tim Horton’s are recyclable, so please remember to recycle them instead of throwing them in the general waste bin!


Tim Hortons Hours Update

Tim Hortons will amend their hours slightly for the remainder of the semester. They will now be open Sunday – Wednesday from 8:00am-8:00pm and on Thursdays from 8:00am-5:00pm. Effective September 1.


Reminder: Academic Planners for Employees Now Available in the Bookstore! 

Employees can collect their Academic Planners for 2022-2023 from the bookstore now. 
Bookstore operating hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, from Sundays to Thursdays.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact guqbookstore@georgetown.edu


Reminder: Beat the Heat with QF Feeder Shuttles

 As many of you know, during the summer months QF runs a shuttle service to feed various locations around Education City that are not close to a tram stop. They’ve released an update map and route information. Please see their service details here.