Construction or Building Maintenance

Purchase type:  labor & materials construction contracts and building maintenance

Purchases that involve building maintenance or labor and materials construction contracts require prevailing wage rates and insurance.  These types of contracts must be processed through the university’s physical plant, or facilities planning division, as appropriate, regardless of dollar amount.  Such projects are strickly regulated by law.  Violation is a criminal offense and carries personal liability.  Please contact a procurement analyst 413-545-0361 in the procurement department if you have any questions with regard to these types of contracts.

Examples:  Janitorial Services, carpet installation, moving of University property, maintenance of grounds, heating, air conditioning, elevators, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, building repairs, building construction, etc.

Employees:  Departments may not contract with a University employee, or with any business that a University employee or their family has an interest in.


UMass Amherst Procurement has transitioned to the Unified Procurement Services Team (UPST) in the UMass President’s Office.

Visit the UPST website for more information. Email upst [at] for procurement help.

To cancel or close a Purchase Order, contact upst [at] or browse the UPST Staff Directory.