The Grounds Services section of Facilities Management employs fourteen (14) full-time and up to twenty (20) part-time seasonal employees. This group maintains the grounds of over 300 acres of the main campus, 17.5 acres at River Campus, along with additional work performed on the University Farm, Kelso Bird Sanctuary and the Universities technology park.
The work performed including, but not limited to, the coordination and planning of landscape projects in conjunction with the Campus Beautification Committee, implementing plantings of all new trees, shrubs, plants and flowers and maintaining all landscaped areas. These responsibilities include fertilizing, pest control, mulching, mowing, cultivation, trimming, pruning of trees and shrubs, and removal of dead trees and limbs. The Grounds Section also maintains all grass areas, including athletic fields and the band field by mowing, trimming, fertilizing, painting, leveling and reseeding new areas.
We have twelve (12) grounds employees who have studied a 6-week course and passed a written test to become Certified Grounds Technicians. This is training offered through the Professional Grounds Management Society in Baltimore, Maryland. One employee is also a certified arborist and one is a horticulturist. The horticulturist is responsible for over five thousand square feet of flower beds located on campus. The Grounds Section also has one person who is an irrigation specialist who is responsible for all irrigated areas located on campus. This includes six of the seven athletic fields, Carnahan Hall, Dempster Hall, Vandiver Hall, and the new Alumni building.
The Grounds Section is responsible for coordination and planning of landscape projects in conjunction with the Campus Beautification Committee. The section implements plantings of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers, and maintains all landscaped areas. These responsibilities include fertilizing, pest control, mulching, mowing, cultivation, trimming, pruning of trees and shrubs, and removal of dead trees and limbs.
The Grounds Section maintains all grass areas, including athletic fields and the band field by mowing, trimming, fertilizing, painting, leveling and reseeding new areas.
Interior Pest Control
Pest control for residence halls and food service areas is performed regularly; other areas are treated on a three month rotation.
Snow and Ice Removal
Snow and ice removal on all campus roads, walks and steps is the responsibility of the Grounds section with assistance, as needed, from the Building Maintenance and Custodial Services sections.
Grounds Services maintains all outside trash containers and provides litter control.
Downloadable PDF documents for Facilities Management Grounds Services related reports, forms, and other information.
- Area Evaluation Form
- Grounds Staffing Analysis (March 2008)
- Hardscapes Report for Area #1
- Herbicide Reference Guide
- Roses: Operational Guidelines
- Softscapes Report for Area #1
- Softscapes Report for Area #9 (Project and Relief)
- Summary Table (March 2008)