The College Board of Trustees has commended the members of the Facilities & Operations Department for their dedication and commitment to the care of campus buildings and the grounds and their exemplary service to the College.
President John Fry and several members of the College’s senior staff hosted a party on Friday, Nov. 14, to honor the Facilities & Operations staff for their work.
“I just want to say how incredibly proud I am of the men and women who take care of this campus,” Fry said. “Your work is really appreciated by the Board of Trustees. They notice that every year the campus looks better. Thank you all. You are terrific. You are the best at what you do.”
Fry presented a framed commendation from the Board to the 50-member department that oversees the operations and maintenance of more than 55 buildings on campus.
The department provides a host of services, including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, HVAC, heating and telephone. They are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year.
A grounds crew of six maintains the lawns, trees, shrubs and countless blooming plants on approximately 180 acres, including the Main Campus, Buchanan Park, Baker Campus and North Campus. They are also responsible for approximately five miles of roads, sidewalks and parking lots.
The department also has a team of professionals providing essential daily services to keep the campus community running smoothly. This team includes: a mechanic who maintains a 50-vehicle fleet; a refuse crew that removes more than 625 tons of waste per year and another 12 tons of recycling material; three members of the mail services team who coordinate incoming and outgoing mail and packages for 80 departments and the student body; and an auxiliary services team that coordinates student and employee IDs, Ben’s Bucks and transportation requests, maintains the College’s reservation system and manages the College’s rental properties.