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Custodial Services Reduces Weekend Building Locking and Unlocking Times

November 25, 2013

In an effort to improve efficiency, University of Wyoming Custodial Services is changing its procedures for locking and unlocking buildings on weekends.

Currently, two custodians work a total of 32 man-hours on the weekends to facilitate unlocking and locking buildings at any time requested. That extensive level of service will be reduced starting Saturday, Dec. 14.

“We have worked with Central Scheduling to determine that most unlocking requests can be accommodated between 6:30-8:30 a.m. and most locking requests can be accommodated between 6:30-8:30 p.m.,” says Tod Scott, Custodial Services manager. “Beginning Dec. 14, any request for a building to be unlocked on the weekend will be done in the two-hour morning time slot, and any locking will be done in the two-hour evening time slot.”

Buildings that must remain open past 8:30 p.m. will be identified on a limited, case-by-case basis by Central Scheduling and locked by campus security. No one will be “on call” to unlock a building that was not previously arranged ahead of time with Central Scheduling.

“This change will reduce weekend man hours from 32 to 16, allowing Custodial Services to use the additional 16 hours for cleaning in the more productive weekday times,” Scott says. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation with this process change.”

He says the change is part of an effort to continually improve operational efficiency and to absorb staff and budget reductions. Custodial Services, a unit within the Physical Plant, has developed a prioritized list of duties to be performed,  including snow removal, cleaning and maintaining restrooms and public spaces, emptying trash and locking and unlocking buildings.

For questions and more information, email Scott at

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