SCHOOL GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
Information on managing and maintaining school and university campus grounds and athletic fields, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
Operational Guidelines for Educational Facilities: Grounds, second edition
Bigger, Alan S. editor
A comprehensive guide to maintaining and managing a grounds and landscaping operation. Topics covered include: sustainable grounds operations; green fuels, vehicles, and equipment; and landscape inventory and measurement, environmental stewardship, staffing guidelines, contracting options, position descriptions benchmarking, and environmental issues and laws. The appendices feature a Quality Appearance Program Case Study and an extensive glossary. An independent chapter on snow removal is also included. 225pTO ORDER: http://www.appa.org/bookstore
Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Awards 2011.
(Professional Grounds Management Society , Nov 2011)
This program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. Includes award winning school grounds, university and college grounds, and urban university grounds. Click on an award winner to view a photo and description of the winning entry.
(Boston Schoolyard Initiative, 2011)
Provides ideas, guidance and tools for making decisions on potential elements in schoolyards and outdoor classrooms. The workbook has been created with consideration for safety, budget, sustainability, maintenance, sense of place, functionality and inclusion of natural and man-made materials. Includes a recommended plant list, illustrations of best practices, and numerous checklists.
References to Journal Articles
The Real Cost of Mowing
Maintenance Solutions; Nov 2011
Three part series looks at the cost of owning and operating a mower. Part 1: Focus on Life-Cycle Costs Can Deliver Big Benefits; Part 2: Components of a Mower's Life-Cycle Cost; Part 3: Landscape Changing for Mower Specification.
Grounds Department Updates Operations for Green, Financial Benefits
Maintenance Solutions; Oct 2011
Explores how the grounds managers of the 126-acre campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California ensure landscaped and turf areas look their best, protect the environment, and enhance the bottom line.
Water Conservation Focus of Grounds Department's Efforts
Maintenance Solutions; Oct 2011
Describes how the California Institute of Technology grounds department installed a weather station and a computerized irrigation system. The control system applies the least amount of water necessary for the current climactic conditions, including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and solar.
Making the Most of Mowers.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n8 , p20 ; Aug 2011
Describes Michigan State University's use of multi-purpose equipment for mowers and other landscaping needs, such as sweeping and plowing.
Designing the Successful Grounds Organization.
Facilities Manager; v27 n4 , p22-24,26 ; Jul 2011
Makes case for competent and committed grounds staff who fully understand the scope of their duties and responsibilities and know the mission of the entire organization. they will require less supervision as they become more capable and more self-sufficient, more responsible, ore confident, and better able to contribute to the mission.
Caring for Growing Places.
Recreation Management; v12 n7 , p34-36 ; Jul 2011
Describes the many different reasons for maintaining grounds, including not just functionality and safety, but also user comfort and satisfaction. Aesthetic appeal is critical on college campuses, where first impressions and environmental psychology are deemed important factors for student recruitment and retention.
Snow and Ice Management: Cold Treatment.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n7 , p19,20 ; Jul 2011
Describes changes in snow and ice management from exclusive use of granular materials to luquid anti-icing materials.
Strategies for Sustainable Landscapes.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n5 , p24,26 ; May 2011
Discusses current high-efficiency irrigation systems, low-maintenance and regionally hardy plants, and integrated pest management for more environmentally conscious and affordable landscapes.
Budget Benefits of Grounds Care Attachments.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n4 , p19,20 ; Apr 2011
Advises on expanding the utility of grounds care equipment with innovative attachments that can obviate the need for new pieces of equipment, or convert one type of equipment into another. Advice on assessing groundskeeping needs, inventorying current equipment, and assessing attachment efficacy is included.
Roofing: A Growth Opportunity.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n1 , p11,12,14 ; Jan 2011
Describes challenges and benefits of vegetative roofs and summarizes the challenges and considerations for installation and maintenance.
Major Challenge: Big-Ticket Equipment. [Grounds Management: Buying Big-Ticket Equipment.]
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n9 , p22,24 ; Sep 2010
Advises on the selection of "big-ticket" equipment for university grounds maintenance. Involving the users in the selection, presenting the case to financial staff, negotiating the price, and connecting the need for the equipment to the mission of the university are addressed.
Bio-diesel: Toe in the Water Makes Big Waves. [Bio-Diesel: One University's Experience with the Alternative Fuel.]
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n8 ; Aug 2010
Describes advantages and roadblocks faced in experimental conversion to bio-diesel fuel in landscape services equipment at University of Mississippi. Combining the correct fuel ratio and the most efficient machinery yielded dramatic time- and cost-savings.
Project Planning: Building Collaboration.
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n6 , p22,23 ; Jun 2010
Describes decision-making process for purchasing equipment for landscape services. Light construction equipment and attachments can improve worker productivity and safety. Equipment should have interchangeable pieces whenever possible. A year-round maintenance plan should be put in place.
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n1 , p23,24 ; Jan 2010
Discusses the use of propane-powered mowing equipments, which use less fuel and produces less exhaust.
Landscaping for Less.
Facility Management Journal; v19 n6 , p37,38 ; Nov-Dec 2009
Describes the replacement of landscaping turf with drought-resistant ornamental plants. These landscapes are typically no more expensive to install than turf and cost far less in maintenance.
Grounded in Service.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n11 , p6,7 ; Nov 2009
Profiles Michigan State University's Landscape Services department, which operates like an on-campus contractor. Examples of large and small projects executed by the department, how they work with the facilities staff and building contractors, and how they organize and maintain their inventory of flora are described.
A Tall Task in Texas.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n9 , p18 ; Sep 2009
Describes challenges to the mowing program at the University of Texas, where 124 acres of turf are congested by 70,000 students, faculty, and staff; the temperatures during mowing season are high; construction vehicles compact the soil and harm trees; and economic pressures have reduced seasonal hiring.
Restorative School Landscaping.
School Planning and Management; v48 n5 , p20,22,24,25 ; May 2009
Describes how to restore a school landscape through consultation with a design professional, collection of data on existing conditions and vegetation, analysis of traffic patterns, and use of space. Replacement of expansive traditional lawns with "no-mow" lawns and low maintenance plantings, use of materials that look best during the school year, and using the landscape as a teaching tool are among the recommendations.
Fleet Management: Strategies for Success.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n4 , p28,29 ; Apr 2009
Discusses specification, training, and maintenance for fleets groundskeeping equipment, emphasizing strong relationships with suppliers, cost-effective replacement, choosing the particular personnel to train, and proactive maintenance that is organized by a maintenance department rather than the users.
Staff Safety: Issues and Answers.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n2 , p18 ; Feb 2009
Discusses safety issues for grounds workers, including identification of biological and machine hazards, typical injuries, protective gear and clothing, and maintaining a written safety handbook.
Grounds Asset Management: Bigger Equipment, Better Results.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n2 , p16,17 ; Feb 2009
Advises on the selection of light construction equipment for use in grounds management. Selecting the correct equipment for the job and the users, choosing attachments, renting versus buying, and training are discussed.
Mowers: The Sustainability Connection.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n1 , p20 ; Jan 2009
Discusses advances in environmental considerations for mowers, including those that run on alternative fuels or electricity, and produce less noise.
Let it Snow.
School Planning and Management; v48 n1 , p25-27 ; Jan 2009
Discusses snow removal at schools, highlighting the practices of Kentucky's Jefferson County Public Schools. Types of equipment, salt and brining practices, staffing, plowing and piling advice, and protection of interior floors are addressed.