Campus Services works to provide and maintain a beautiful, clean, safe, and healthy campus environment for the use and enjoyment of the students, staff, and public.
Services We Provide
Day-to-Day Grounds Services
- Turf installation & care
- Integrated pest management
- Tree care
- Perennial & annual flower bed installation & care
- Plant material installation & maintenance
- Cemetery burials & maintenance
On a day to day basis, the Campus Services team observes the campus to ensure the aesthetics and safety of the 1,984 acres that comprise the Iowa State University campus. Lawn areas are mowed on a 5-day rotation and fertilized on an annual basis to retain the vigorous and healthy growth necessary to withstand the tremendous wear the grassy areas endure throughout the year. Campus Services provide the maintenance and care of 11,412 trees and shrubs and 14,390 perennial and annual flowers. For more information of tree and shrub care from Inside Iowa State, click here. The grounds around new buildings, or otherwise disturbed campus areas, are seeded and/or sodded and landscaped to return the area to its previous or improved condition. All of this care helps make the Iowa State campus one of the most visually appealing campuses in the country as represented in 1999 when the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized the ISU central campus as a national landmark for outstanding landscape architecture.
Parking Lots, Sidewalks, Roads, and Bike Paths
- Sweeping streets
- General repairs, replacements, and maintenance
- Traffic control
- Sign construction and installation
- Roadway markings
Campus Services repairs, replaces, and maintains 23 miles of institutional roads, 162 acres of parking lots, and 34 miles of sidewalks and bike paths throughout campus to ensure safe and efficient passage of all vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclist. Roadway maintenance includes: sweeping and general repair as needed, annual painting of crosswalks, directional arrows, and lane striping. Parking lot maintenance includes sweeping, crack filling, line painting, and other larger repairs. For traffic control, Campus Services makes and installs signs on roadways, parking lots, and bike paths to ease campus travel and parking for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
- Trash and refuse removal and disposal
- Recycling of pallets, scrap metal, etc.
Refuse containers (dumpsters) located at the academic and residence hall building dock areas are emptied on a routine schedule according to building volume. 175 dumpsters and over 300 trash receptacles located throughout campus are emptied at least weekly and in some areas as often as daily. Campus litter is picked up as time is available.
ISU now has 53 BigBelly trash compactors and 5 BigBelly single stream units on campus.
Campus Services is involved with recycling of materials including laboratory glass, pallets, scrap metal, auto batteries, tires, used oil, and lawn waste. For more information on recycling go to the ISU Recycling site.
- Bike paths
- Parking lots
During the winter months, FP&M Campus Services provides snow and ice removal as conditions warrant for 23 miles of institutional roads, 34 miles of sidewalks and bike paths, and 162 acres of parking lots. Campus Services also provides snow and ice removal at the ISU Center for event parking.
The campus is divided into routes and the crews make use of various equipment including a road grader, loaders, trucks with plows, tractors with plows or brooms, sanders, and hand shoveling of doorways, steps, and small walkways. To improve visibility, all of the equipment has amber warning flashers and backup alarms. Snow and ice removal is handled to the best of our abilities considering the availability of personnel and equipment.
We have one supervisor on call at all times (24/7) during the winter weather season. That person assesses existing conditions, the forecast, university activities and other factors to determine how many staff to call in and when to begin snow removal and ice treatment operations. Crews will continue working throughout the day if warranted and staff will stay into the night to clear snow and ice, or sand roadways. If snow becomes hard packed by traffic or as conditions otherwise warrant, campus services will apply sand and de-icier to assist in traction. A sidewalk that has been swept and/or sanded is safer than one that is untreated.
Helpful Hints When Walking on Snow or Ice from the EH&S website
Priority for snow and ice removal: In most instances snow and ice removal will occur simultaneously for roadways, parking lots, primary sidewalks and primary entrances. In situations when snow and ice occurs with heavy accumulation or is difficult to handle, the following priorities will be followed.
- Roadways: roadways serving university facilities
- Parking lots: accessible spaces, permit spaces, general spaces
- Primary sidewalks: main walkways traversing campus and leading to main building entrances
- Primary building entrances: main building entrances and accessible entrances
- Secondary sidewalks: walks not in primary route to campus facilities such as leading to side doors, back doors or limited access areas
- Secondary building entrances: side entrances, back entrances, limited access exits
How you can help...
- If you arrive at work and your normal parking lot is not plowed, please try to park in a plowed lot or park in a group/cluster with other vehicles to ease snow removal.
- At times, it can be extremely difficult for the operators to see pedestrians or vehicles while operating equipment, so please allow as much space as possible between you and the equipment (at least fifty feet is recommended). The more room you give us to work, the quicker we can have the snow and ice removed for your convenience.
- Please do not pull out or walk in front of trucks or any other equipment.
- Notify us of problem areas by calling the FP&M service desk at 294-5100.
Vehicle and Equipment Maintenace
- Grounds equipment
Campus Services is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all vehicles and motorized equipment used by Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M). This includes: routine maintenance, such as oil and filter changes, and breakdown repairs. Our mechanics also build to specifications, specialized attachments for use on our equipment or for other services within our department.
Pest and Wildlife Management
- Crows and Pigeons
A certified pest control operator follows an integrated pest management program. This program includes pest control inside, as well as outside, of university buildings. If you have any questions regarding pest control, please call the FP&M service desk at 294-5100.
Campus Services works hard to maintain a healthy and safe level of pest and wildlife control, dealing with up to as many as 10,000 to 12,000 crows during the fall as they attempt to make Iowa State their winter home. Tactics used to discourage the birds from roosting on campus include strobe lights, big-eyed balloons, and bird-in-distress calls. For best results, these devices must be moved frequently from place to place. Campus Services has continued to work with experts on- and off-campus over the years in their effort to discourage the birds. Did you know that bird droppings can sometimes be hazardous? Find out more.
Lake Laverne Management
- Testing water quality
- Caring for swans
Over the past few years, Campus Services has worked with experts on- and off-campus to improve the habitat and water quality of Lake Laverne. The water quality is tested annually to maintain a healthy living environment for plants, animals, and all within the campus community.
The care of Iowa States famous swans, Lancelot and Elaine, also is a part of Campus Services duties. Aerators on the lake help to keep the lake open through the winter months and the swans are fed a supplementary diet to ensure that they have enough to eat.
- Construction project support
- Installation of bike parking and seating
- Installation of bus stop seating
- Installation of sidewalks
- Landscape improvements
- Burial support services
- Heavy equipment support services
- Moving furniture and equipment
Campus Services provides support to various construction projects including landscape work upon completion of a new or renovated building, and assistance with utility installation or repair projects. They also install bike racks, exterior seating, bus stop pads and shelters, sidewalks, and assist with installation of exterior works of art. Our equipment operators are available to other departments to run heavy equipment such as a backhoe. Campus Services occasionally is involved with the moving of furniture.
Services for Special Events
- Turf repair
- Parking lot and roadway repair
- Fencing installation
- Refuse removal
- Banner installation
- Barricade services
- Holiday light installation
Campus Services provides support for the various annual special events including home football games, Homecoming, Festival of Lights, and other events sponsored by ISU. We also are involved with the many special events hosted by the City of Ames and ISU such as Special Olympics, Iowa Games, Boy Scout Jamboree, Destination Imagination, and Odyssey of the Mind. Our involvement in these events may include fence installation, moving of equipment, providing barricades, and installing banners. Follow-up work can include turf repair, parking lot or roadway repair, and refuse removal.