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.

  • 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 surplus program. We manage several warehouse complexes for rental equipment, document storage, surplus 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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For more detail on our department, feel free to explore our oganizational chart or find a team member in our staff directory.

In The News

  • 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. 

  • Jan. 3, 2018

    Like it or not, it is snow season. The good news is Facilities is here and we start early, typically 4 a.m. early to clear snow on campus. Our crews work during and after the snow falls to clear a total of 60 parking lots, 22+ miles of roadways and 60+ miles of walkways around campus.

  • 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.

More news

  • Aug. 25, 2017

    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.

  • Jul. 7, 2017

    We captured Facilities year-end activities in two time-lapse videos this year - setting up over 10,000 chairs in front of Nassau Hall for commencement activities and also in Jadwin Gymnasium, where we supported a number of events over a very busy eight days.

  • May. 8, 2017

    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. 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.

  • Jan. 20, 2017

    KyuJung Whang comes to us from Cornell University where he was vice president of infrastructure, properties and planning. “The Princeton University campus is known to be one of the most beautiful and iconic college campuses in the world,” KyuJung said.

  • 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.

  • Nov. 1, 2016

    Devin Livi, associate director of grounds and landscaping, talks about the challenges and proactive treatments in attempts to save Princeton's ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Read Princeton Alumni Weekly's Ash-Borer Alert article.

  • Oct. 25, 2016

    Before the dedication and unveiling, Facilities was behind the scenes helping produce and install the new stone medaliion on campus. Read the full Princeton's informal motto recast to emphasize service to humanity story.

    Photo by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications.


  • Apr. 1, 2016

    We congratulate Suzanne on her 2016 President's Achievement Award!

  • Oct. 22, 2015

    With so many historical buildings on campus, repairing beautiful, handcrafted doors is a familiar challenge to our Facilities group. As part of an ongoing project, Facilities Operations and Special Projects recently replaced some of the well-used doors on Henry and Foulke halls.

  • Sep. 11, 2015

    Princeton University is making campus lighting more sustainable and efficient one fixture at a time. Through the Lighting Efficiency Upgrade Program, the University will convert more than 100,000 fixtures to light-emitting diode (LED) technology in buildings across campus. The improvements will significantly reduce carbon emissions, promote cost savings and limit waste.

Did you know?

  • Two “micro-steam” power-generating systems under Dillon Gym produce enough electricity to power several dorms. These self-contained power systems replace pressure reduction valves, capturing energy that would go unused.