Physical Plant

Building Services

The Building Services department is responsible for the daily cleaning and project work in all campus buildings. Other responsibilities include: trash collection and recycling; carpet repairs and new installation; window covering repairs and new installation; chemical maintenance and cleaning; cleaning of university rental units; movement of equipment and furniture within and between campus buildings; set ups required for the support of campus activities and special events; building interior spraying for insects; surplus storage responsibility for university property; upholstery repairs and recovering of furniture used in all campus buildings; snow removal from specified campus locations.

Buildings are cleaned using the following priority list:

  1. Restrooms
  2. Classrooms
  3. Entranceways
  4. Hallways
  5. Laboratories
  6. Offices
  7. Locker/Changing Rooms

Non-Routine Carpet Cleaning

 For office carpet cleaning performed in addition to the once-per-year extraction as part of maintenance, please contact the Physical Plant service desk at 260-481-6832. You will be contacted by the custodial supervisor for your building. If you are not satisfied with our work, please contact the Physical Plant and let us know.

Window Blind Cleaning

We will, as part of our normal maintenance services, dust your window blinds once per year. We will also be the first to tell you that this is not nearly frequently enough to create a clean appearance or healthy environment. However, the cost to actually remove and ultrasonically clean all of our window blinds on campus would be in the range of $100,000 annually. For this reason, we have chosen not to use our resources to provide this service.

Locking and Unlocking Doors

The individual building custodian is responsible for unlocking and locking all building entries on the main campus, as well as select classrooms within the building. Buildings are unlocked by 7:00 AM Monday through Friday. On weekends and holidays, only those buildings scheduled through the campus scheduling office will be unlocked. Actual building lock-up time is agreed to depending on the individual building usage and need.

Our custodial staff will not unlock and provide access to buildings after hours when they are normally secured. The custodial staff will not unlock individual offices for faculty or staff members who have forgotten their keys. This is not our attempt to deny services; it is our attempt to protect the assets of the University.

Indoor Pest Control

 This service is provided by Building Services Custodial Section, at our expense. If you have a need for this service, please call the Physical Plant service desk at 260-481-6832, and a time will be scheduled to perform the service.

Recycle Bins

If you are cleaning out excess old papers and old files, extra recycle bins are available on request to meet your needs. Give 24-hour advance notice for your request so that we can provide the best possible service. After you have completed filling the recycle bins, notify the Physical Plant service desk, and Building Services staff will be happy to pick up the filled bins.

Trash Containers

Extra trash containers can be provided for extra trash (non-recyclable).

Contact Building Services

Building Services can be reached at all times for emergencies and planned activities by calling the Physical Plant Office at 260-481-6832.

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