Snow Removal

This magazine article is part of Spring 2018 / Issue 91

For many on the Franklin & Marshall campus—and throughout the northeastern United States—it was a winter without end. A brutally cold January gave way to warmer days in February, but Mother Nature’s icy grip on the Lancaster area tightened during an exceptionally windy and cold March. Lancaster’s deepest snowfall of the season occurred on March 21, the first full day of spring. April also brought a few dustings of snow.

While many in the F&M community dug out their cars, shoveled sidewalks and cleared driveways at home during the winter storms, a group of College employees worked around the clock to keep campus pathways safe for travel. Often in the dark early-morning hours, professional staff in Facilities Management used shovels, snowblowers, riding equipment and other tools to clear snow from approximately five miles of roads, sidewalks, stairs and parking lots around campus.

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Snow removal is perhaps the most unpredictable aspect of their work, with some winters requiring dozens of hours of additional effort, and others requiring little in the way of winter cleanup.

With warmer days ahead, the grounds and landscaping team of Facilities Management now focus on the regular aspects of their work: maintaining the health of more than 6,000 plants and 1,000 trees; looking after a dozen grass athletic fields and two artificial turf fields; hauling more than 525 tons of waste and 165 tons of single-stream recycling per year; and maintaining the lawns of 52 acres of the main campus, 100-plus acres of Baker Campus and 19 acres of North Campus. 

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