Physical Plant


The Physical Plant Department is dedicated to providing timely, quality workmanship and service delivered in a cost effective manner to support the University’s mission.


To be the facilities maintenance and service provider of choice to our customers.

Facilities Services

The University is divided into five geographic maintenance Zones. A Superentendent leads each Zone, which is staffed with eight to ten multi-crafted technicians. They aim to provide consistent, responsive service based on ownership and accountability for providing a complete job.

To complement the Zones in providing University customers with cost effective reimbursable facilities work, Facility Services provides a variety of services such as carpentry, moving, keys/locks, signs, and vehicle repair.


The Utilities Department is responsible for managing and maintaining all University boilers/heating plants. As part of this effort the Department monitors the expenses of the heating plant (an auxiliary enterprise) supporting the MCV Hospitals and many state office buildings, and establishes the steam rate necessary to support all plant operations, maintenance, repair and replacement. Utilities also manages University energy usage, performs HVAC and fire alarm controls troubleshooting/repair services, maintains major HVAC and electrical equipment through the Central Mechanical-Electrical group, and oversees the Customer Service/Operations Center function of Physical Plant.

Contract Administration

The major focus of Contract Administration is on the two housekeeping vendors supporting the Monroe Park and MCV Campuses. They also manage contracts such as pest control, window washing, and infectious waste removal.

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