The Upper Iowa University grounds department is responsible for the outdoor maintenance and up-keep of the entire Fayette campus, including University owned properties and the Peacock Athletic Fields.
Specifically the grounds department focuses on the following:
Upper Iowa University Grounds focuses on presenting to the community, campus and campus visitors a clean and colorful campus. New projects are installed as they fit into the campus landscape and master plan.
Our main focus on campus is the general upkeep of the campus grounds. Our approach is a proactive, preventative schedule as to keep problems to a minimum if and when they occur. Mowing, edging and pulling weeds occur constantly during the growing season. The grounds department is developing an extensive IPM program to ensure that we are using less chemicals in the future, and become more environmentally friendly to our region.
Our campus irrigation system is essential to our campus. Before the cold season sets in, all of the campus irrigation is blown out and repairs are taken care of on an as needed basis. During the spring the irrigation system is charged back up, and set to run at night. Please understand that during extremely warm and dry weather the irrigation system may need to run at times during the day. The grounds department is currently in the initial stages of upgrading our irrigation system to conform to modern day environmental standards.
Every morning the grounds department does a thorough sweep of campus collecting trash and removing debris from sidewalks and building entrances. After a long summer, our focus turns to the removal of snow during the winter months. Our number one priority is the safety of all campus constituents. Check out our new blog for our new snow removal policy.
The grounds department at Upper Iowa is Peacock Proud. We maintain all the athletic fields including the Soccer fields, Baseball and Softball Field, and make sure that our brand new football turf is groomed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
List of areas the grounds department covers:
- Athletic fields
- Campus trimming and mowing
- Fleet vehicle rental/transportation
- Flower beds on campus
- Maintenance on fleet and facilities vehicles
- Outside trash pick up
- Parking lot/sidewalk maintenance
- Snow removal on campus
- Tree service
- Turf maintenance
- Utilities locates