The campus ground maintenance is contracted to Brickman/Valley Crest who are responsible
for the curb appeal of the campus through scheduled ground care activities from March through November.
The following activities are seasonally scheduled through Facilities*:
- Weekly mowing - Thursdays (rain day - Friday)
- Lawn fertilizing/weed control
- Flower bed plantings - three times per season
- Mulching - two times per season
- Campus tree arborists assessment - Fall semester
- Tree maintenance (limb up/tree removal/planting) - Fall semester
- Emergency storm damage service - as needed
- Landscape bed maintenance and shrub pruning -two times per season
To the extent possible, all landscaping maintenance actitivites are schedule around major campus events
including Convocation, Commencement, admission events and student activities outdoor events.
Snow and ice removal activities are perfomed by the facilities department staff. During snow removal events, facilities personnel are assigned soley to snow removal duties. This may delay routine response to work orders.
Emergency work requests will be addressed during these periods on a priority and severity basis.
Snow removal parking and vehicle relocations
During campus snow events all faculty, staff and students may be required to relocate their personal vehicles
from one parking area to another parking both prior to a laarge storm or following lot clearing of one area so
other areas can be cleared. Facilities works closely with Campus Security to assess conditions and Campus
email and text notifications will sent to all Hood community members.
Please comply with these requests so clearing operations may continue and the campus can be opened
and/or cleared in the least amount of time.
Snow/ice storm safety
While every effort is made to provide a safe campus, at times winter weather provides safety challenges like slippery pavement, sidewalk and stairway surfaces. All persons should expect sippery surfaces and adjust their
walking patterns accordingly, wear appropriate footwear for outside conditions and report any unsafe areas to the facilities department or campus security.
Winter weather chemical treatment
Following snow removal activities, facilities staff applies an ice melt chemical in proportion to melting capability of outside
conditions at the time of applications with the objective of providing safe conditions in a reasonable amount of time.
Factors affecting surface melting include outside temperatures, amount of cloud cover verses clear skies and sun warming
of surfaces. Again, it is imperative that the Hood community traverse the campus with extreme care following snow/ice evenbts.
Snow/ice clearing priorities
Major snow events result in prioritized campus clearing pattern of snow removal. The first prioirty is to maintain
open primary campus roadways in case emergency vehciles need access to the campus in addition to providing
an open pathway for resiudent students to access the dining hall. Facilities manages a snow removal plan that
aims to get the campus "open" at the earliest possible time and then continue clearing operations until all
campus roadways, parking lots and sidewalks are cleared and safe.