The Physical Plant has the responsibility for the visual impact of the University. Appearance of the grounds and buildings is very important. National surveys indicate that more than half of all prospective students consider this when deciding where to go to school. Appearance also makes a difference in faculty and staff attitudes and influences legislators, parents and the general public.
The work of the Landscape Maintenance department is most notable in the spring when flower beds are in full bloom and the trees are alive with new color. Flower beds are used to their maximum to achieve the greatest effect. Spring flowers are replaced with summer flowers in May and removed after the first killing frost.
The Landscape Maintenance Department maintains an office, greenhouse nursery and storage facility located directly east of the Weede Building. In addition, the Department also maintains an outdoor nursery and related materials.
The Landscape Maintenance crew is responsible for the maintenance of trees, grass, shrubs, flower beds, new plantings and athletic fields. They are also responsible for clearing snow from campus sidewalks, removing leaves and other debris and keeping storm sewer inlets clear and unobstructed.
All other requests for Landscape Maintenance services should be submitted using the on-line "General Work Order" form.