The Facilities Services Department is comprised of Custodial Services, Equipment Services, Grounds Services, Material Services, and Stage Technical Services. These areas work together to provide a clean, inviting campus environment for students, employees, and visitors.
The Custodial Services Department is a major support unit in UW Operations and is the largest department on campus with approximately 90 full time/part time employees and 25 student employees. The Custodial Services Department is run by a manager, a pest specialist and five zone supervisors. Four zones work a 5:00 – 1:30 pm shift and one zone works a 2:30 – 11:00 pm shift. To access the current building zone structure for Custodial Services click here.
The Custodial Services Department is responsible for the overall cleanliness of University academic facilities. The unit provides basic and advanced cleaning services, assists with snow removal, changes light bulbs and responds to emergencies as needed. Designated custodial staff members lock and unlock buildings and provide special services for University events. In addition, the unit provides pest management for university facilities and maintains special equipment in a repair shop.
Through consistent communication and mutual respect, the Custodial Services Department strives to provide a clean, safe, sanitary and secure environment for the University community and general public.
Equipment Services is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the heavy construction equipment assigned to UW Operations. They are responsible for the removal of snow from the campus streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. They are responsible for any excavation or backfill work as well as operating the cranes and personnel lifts. Equipment Services also operates the Sanitation Garbage Truck on campus. The Sanitation truck is on campus and the outlying University properties Monday through Saturday.
Grounds Services is responsible for maintaining the campus grounds in an aesthetically pleasing and safe manner. This involves the planting of over 50,000 flowers in 250 plus flower beds, caring for the lawns, trees, shrubs, etc. They also assist Equipment Services with the removal of snow. This department is made up of four full-time employees augmented by approximately 25 students during the summer months.
Material Services is responsible for the moving of objects as requested on campus. This can vary from moving entire departments across campus to individual items. They are also responsible for the removal of snow from designated stairways, ramps, etc.
Stage Technicians maintain, operate and provide technical support for the A&S Auditorium and the Fine Arts Concert Hall. Stage Technicians also assist in the operation of the Education Auditorium.
The recycling department primarily collects and sorts paper products and plastic bottles. If a department has a quantity of another material please contact the department to see if they can dispose of the item. Access the university’s results for RecycleMania at recyclemaniacs.org.