Custodial & Grounds Services combines services for custodial cleaning and upkeep of academic and administrative buildings, as well as grounds management, including campus tributes (memorials, trees, gardens and more), bike loops, landscaping, recycling & waste management, and moving services.
Assistant Director, Custodial & Grounds Services
Manager (days): Chester McKay
Responsibilities: Maintains the cleanliness and orderly appearance of all academic and administrative buildings including:
- Hard surface and carpet maintenance
- Vertical and horizontal surface cleaning
- Trash and recycle removal
- Snow removal
- Disinfecting & restocking of restrooms
- Replacement of luminaries
- Special event support
The day shift primarily services the classrooms and restrooms in the 98 academic buildings serviced. The night shift primarily services the offices, labs, lounges, stairwells, entryway’s, shower/locker rooms and corridors in the same 98 buildings. Both shifts are responsible for snow removal and special event support, i.e,. Commencement & open houses.
Grounds Services provides quality landscape and hardscape maintenance, recycling, waste collection, and equipment maintenance services consistent with responsible fiscal and environmental stewardship. Our shops support snow removal operations and provide specialized services in the following additional areas: litter control; turf and tree care; indoor and outdoor pest control; utility failure support; small equipment maintenance and repair; and road, sidewalk, and exterior masonry maintenance. Grounds Services and our subdivisions strive to integrate with academia and collaborate with other departments across campus. Accordingly, we offer opportunities for student employment and summer internships, encouraging partnership with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, among others.
Landscape Management is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and upgrade of the campus landscape, along with small engine repair. Operations are carried out in accordance with the highest standards expected in skilled trades and sustainable practices, such as horticulture, arboriculture, floriculture, and integrated pest management. Many of the department’s activities are reflective of the University’s dedication to sustainability; these include the cultivation, installation, and repurposing of plants grown in greenhouses and nurseries managed by the department. Such practices gained the University a landscape management and operations accreditation by the Professional Grounds Maintenance Society. Landscape Management not only inspects the work of assigned personnel and contractors but assures that work is properly estimated, scheduled, and coordinated with campus customers as part of the department’s commitment to exceptional services.
Construction Management supervises and coordinates all activities involved in the maintenance, repair, and upgrade of the campus hardscape. Hardscaping improvements to roads, sidewalks, plazas, exterior masonry, etc. are often accomplished by repurposing materials from previous projects to align with campus sustainability initiatives. The department also assists with utility system failures and emergencies, such as water main breaks. Consistent with overarching departmental missions, Construction Management inspects the work of assigned personnel and contractors and assures that work scheduled is properly estimated, scheduled, and coordinated with campus customers.
Manager: John Pepi
Coordinates moving services, recycling and waste collection. Learn more about waste management services at the Office of Waste Management.