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Who We Are

Our mission is to support the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth community by improving the quality of the campus through proper planning, construction, and maintenance while providing superior services in an effective and environmentally conscious manner to enhance student learning. The office of facilities management provides 24-hour support services to students, faculty, and staff in a timely manner using a computerized work order system for common and emergency repairs. Facilities management’s primary functions include general campus preservation, custodial, and grounds maintenance, as well as utilities, fire safety, event support, signage, solid waste removal, recycling, and snow removal.

Building Maintenance

Building maintenance has two primary responsibilities: performing maintenance and repair (preventive maintenance, deferred maintenance, trouble calls, etc.) on the state-funded facilities, utilities, and infrastructure and performing alterations requested by our customers on a recharge basis. Services include:

  • General Maintenance
  • Electric Shop
  • Plumbing Shop
  • HVAC Shop
  • Lock & Key Shop
  • Outside Contractors (Elevator Maintenance and Pest Control)

Grounds & Disposal Services

Grounds & Disposal Services (GDS) is responsible for providing horticultural, arborist, property and refuse disposal, hard-surface and athletic field maintenance, snow removal, landscape installation, and related services for the state-funded campus facilities. These same services are provided to non-state funded activities on a recharge or contractual basis. GDS personnel normally perform their work between the hours of 5 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited service available Saturday and Sunday. Arrangements can be made to provide GDS services at any time upon departmental request. GDS also coordinates, as part of the refuse operation, the UMassD recycling program. For information on recycling please call x8100.

Energy & Utility Services

Infrastructure & Energy Management provides the campus with utilities management and energy expertise so that the university is as energy efficient as possible. Our responsibilities are as follows:

  • Verify utility rates and audit monthly bills
  • Provide accurate energy cost(s) across building and cost centers
  • Identify possible operations and maintenance problems
  • Determine energy improvement opportunities
  • Evaluate prior energy projects
  • Recommend energy conservation and improvement to system efficiency
  • Assist with Electrical and Gas contract negotiation
  • Establish energy related grant opportunities
  • Provide guidance for load shedding requests

Infrastructure includes:

  • Safe & efficient operation of the central Steam Boiler and Chiller Plants and the Wind Turbine
  • Distribution of steam, chilled water and electrical energy to all buildings for heating and cooling
  • Distribution of other central utilities such as natural gas, steam and compressed air for use in labs
  • Operation of the digital control systems for the Central Plant and many educational, lab and administrative buildings

Work Order Service Center

In order to improve service to our customers, Facilities Management has instituted a work order call-in service center, whereby those who are not comfortable completing and submitting a work order request will be able to call in their issue between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM to Facilities and work order will be generated in their behalf. For urgent requests after 5:00PM, customers should continue to use the Facilities on call phone service. For routine or non-emergent issues the work order request can be submitted or called into the service center the following day. 

It is our hope that this service model will improve customer satisfaction for our community and provide efficiencies for Facilities Management.


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