As one will see upon a visit to any part of campus, inside or out, John Carroll University prides itself on the property and facilities to which it owns. Care and planning are at the core of the Facilities Department, which houses the Office of Physical Plant. Physical Plant is run by Director of Physical Plant, Bernie Beyer. Bernie can be reached at 216-397-4317 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Physical Plant is comprised of non-unionized, permanent, full-time Maintenance and Grounds personnel. The Maintenance Department is currently made up of fifteen (15) staff and the Grounds Department is comprised of six (6) staff.
The Maintenance and Grounds staff respond to daily work order requests and preventive maintenance activities. The main communication tool for them is the University work order system referred to as Schooldude. Schooldude is an outsourced professional web-based work order management system housed on external servers. Presently this system is available on-line to all authorized users and is routinely utilized by students, faculty, staff, and administrators. It is the vehicle of choice when entering a work order to which the Maintenance and Grounds staff responds. The system also forwards certain work orders related to other departments such as Housekeeping and IT.
The staffs of both Maintenance and Grounds are well-trained for both their trade skills, as well as in the field of safety and material handling. Professional courses and hands-on vendor-established training is always available to the staff. In professional uniforms supplied through Cintas Corp., both Maintenance and Grounds personnel can be easily recognized across campus.
The Maintenance and Grounds staff also support a number of University sponsored events, including Commencement, Parent & Family Weekend, Homecoming, and Alumni Reunion Weekend. Throughout the year this staff is called upon for set-up, take-down and stand-by in number of ways. All athletic events require stand-by as well as a number of student functions and holiday-related events all over campus.
The Grounds staff also supports the Facilities Department when needed for project related support and follow-up. Some University furniture moving from department to department falls under the jurisdiction of the Grounds Department. Snow removal in major parking areas is outsourced to a private company; however, snow removal for all other inner campus walkways and driveways is managed by the Grounds staff. Lawns, gardens, and flower beds on the main campus are all maintained by the Grounds Department.
The Maintenance staff plays a vital role in the weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual inspections of all fire alarm and sprinkler systems found on campus. They work closely with the local UH Fire Department and the University Office of Risk Management. Throughout the year they also support the local fire department on mock safety drills and spot inspections on campus.
The beauty of the campus surroundings as well as the functionality of systems and building operations found on the main campus is a direct result of the Physical Plant Department and their concerted efforts, of both the Maintenance and Grounds staff. For a copy of our Self Guided Walking Tour of the JCU Campus Click Here.