The Operations department includes five units responsible for maintaining our beautiful campus, inside and outside buildings, as well as above and below ground. Please don't hesitate to contact our Facilities Customer Service Center if you need our help, 609-258-8000.

For more detail on our department, feel free to explore our organizational chart or find a team member in our staff directory to the right.

  • Building Services
    • our staff in Building Services have a daily presence in every building on Princeton campus, and are responsible for cleaning, moving, logistical support of campus events and running the Resource Recovery program. We manage several warehouse complexes for rental equipment, document storage, resource recovery items and a few important artifacts that come out once a year. We also maintain student laundromats, campus fire extinguishers, and the University waste and recycling stream.  Our teams clean over 10,000,000 square feet daily, deliver, setup and take down over 125,000 pieces of rental equipment each year, manage nearly 100,000 square feet of warehouse space, and remove over 5,000 tons of waste and recycling each year. 

  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
    • our Civil and Environmental engineers maintain our utility distribution systems, roads & parking lots, keep us in environmental compliance and provide rigging services to move heavy objects or specialized equipment.
  • Grounds & Building Maintenance (GBM)/Facilities Operations
    • our staff in GBM maintain the buildings, grounds, and labs on our main and Forrestal Campuses, as well as off-campus graduate housing, faculty and staff housing, and commercial properties.  Our services include mowing, landscaping, forest management, horticulture services, snow and ice removal, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical & elevator work, locksmith services as well as major event & reunion support. Over the course of a year, we respond to a majority of the 60,000+ service requests received by our Facilities Service Center.
  • Site Protection
    • our staff in Site Protection test, inspect, maintain and manage the University’s Fire Protective Safety Systems (FPSS), Card Access Control System, Security Systems  (CACS), Campus Video Management System (CVMS) and the Keyless Locking System (KLS). We oversee the design, required testing code compliances and practices as it pertains to all of these systems. Located at 306 Alexander Street we also provide a 24 hour/7 day on-site Response Team to support these systems as well as other emergency needs of the University. 
  • Special Projects
    • our Special Projects team design and oversee interior renovations, masonry repair, large scale exterior envelope repairs, maintenance and upgrades such as roof and window work.

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In The News

  • May. 8, 2019

    Recent changes in the global recycling industry have presented us with an opportunity to restructure our campus recycling collection program with an emphasis on improving our sorting strategies and reducing contamination. A Facilities working group was recently formed to develop these strategies. Please be patient as we work to design a recycling system that will be consistent across our entire campus. 

  • Jul. 23, 2019

    Here in Facilities, we've been helping out during move-in for oh, a few years. We've assembled a list of tips and tricks that we hope will make your move-in experience a bit easier (check out tips 8 and 9 to help adjust your bed). Whether you are a new or returning student, welcome to campus! Our Facilities Customer Service team is here all year and happy to help.

  • May. 8, 2019

    It is that time of year, and whether this is your first move-out or your last, we often get questions about how this all works. Facilities helps with some move-out activities, and thanks to Facilities Customer Service we compiled answers to our top five move-out questions.

More news

  • Feb. 13, 2019

    We are proud to say over 250 Princeton University mattresses have been diverted from landfill garbage, thanks to a relationship with Renewable Recycling we began last summer. And that number will continue to rise. 

  • Jan. 22, 2019

    Step onto campus through FitzRandolph Gate, walk down the stone path and gaze up at Nassau Hall. The iconic cupola atop Princeton University’s oldest building has been made over. See the full story and videos to experience the renovation up close.

  • Sep. 12, 2018

    As students and faculty return to campus this fall, they may wonder what is happening outside Princeton University's Iconic Nassau Hall. View the video featuring Alexis Mutschler, assistant director of special projects in Facilities Operations. 

  • May. 9, 2018

    Months before alumni return and students graduate, Facilities starts planning year-end activities. The gears move quietly at first, with each group dusting off last years' plans and taking inventory. As April progresses things really get moving and we start to see the visible signs of reunions appear on campus.

  • Mar. 14, 2018

    Go behind the scenes of our Resource Recovery Program, including how to find us!

    Special thanks to the Office of Sustainability, video by Jared Flesher.

  • Mar. 14, 2018

    We are proud to introduce the Resource Recovery Program, a new name for our Surplus program. If you are a big fan of Surplus, rest assured you can still rely on our core services of picking up your unused items and offering gently used items to our campus community and the public.

  • Jan. 19, 2018

    Our new Biodigester is here! From supporting our sustainability goals to amending campus soil to providing new educational opportunities, the biodigester is a key part of a new pilot study investigating the potential for food waste recovery and conversion directly on campus. Check out the Biodigester Blog and follow its journey. 

  • Sep. 18, 2017

    Remember to carry your TigerCard. Beginning Fall 2017, we are excited to offer additional access to classroom spaces after-hours while maintaining building security. Students, faculty and staff members will have additional exterior door access to academic buildings with Registrar classroom spaces.

  • Jun. 5, 2017

    Enjoy our time-lapse video showing how we set up over 10,000 chairs for 2017 Commencement in front of Nassau Hall.


  • Mar. 16, 2017

    When Winter Storm Stella hit Princeton on March 14, the University's essential services employees worked across campus to clear roads and parking lots, shovel sidewalks, feed students and staff, keep buildings powered and much more. Read More...

  • Mar. 13, 2017

    With the help of Facilities and an outside beekeeper, a bee hive discovered near McCosh Hall was recently removed. The bees were removed alive and relocated by the Director of the Office of Sustainability, Shana Weber, who transported the bees to her home hives. Pictured are Drew Slimmer and John Castles of Facilities, enjoying the bee's sweet tasting, previous home.

  • Nov. 4, 2016

    The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is featured in the latest issue of the Architectural Record, one of the foremost architectural magazines in the world.

Did you know?

  • The Service Center (609-258-8000) is a centralized call center for every Facilities department. They handle approximately 60,000 inquiries per year via phone, web, and email.