Physical Plant employees working on campus grounds 

Keeping Regis Beautiful

Physical Plant is charged with the development and maintenance of physical resources at Regis University's Lowell Campus. Contact us by phone at x4944. The tabs below provide details on our services.

Physical Plant is divided into five main service categories:

  • Administration
  • Custodial Maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Structural Maintenance
  • Utilities

Administration

The Administration department is made up of the director, assistant directors, accounts manager, resource conservation administrator, administrative assistant and work order technician. In addition to providing direction for day-to-day activities, many of the other services and duties provided are as diverse as is Regis. Project management is but one service. We oversee and coordinate all construction and renovation projects. We also oversee service contracts such as custodial service, elevator maintenance and fire detection. The work order technician processes in excess of 15,000 requests in a year. Many of the regulatory agencies that we deal with include EPA, OSHA, Denver municipal and fire codes, insurance agencies and Uniform Building Codes. All of the utilities provided to the Lowell Campus are managed by the director and staff. We strive in our efforts to provide the utmost in service to the Regis Community. We accomplish this by regularly gathering data about the needs of the campus. We continually review this information and hopefully adjust our efforts to meet the needs of the customer.

Services

  • Project management
  • Contract administration
  • Work order management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Customer relations
  • Planning and scheduling

Custodial Maintenance

The custodial staff is responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of nearly all spaces on the Lowell Campus. Specific duties include the cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms and showers, carpet and hard surface maintenance, special event support, and desk-side recycling. The goal of our custodial staff is to always strive toward a clean and pleasant environment.

Services

  • Dailing cleaning five times weekly, of rest rooms, locker rooms, offices, classrooms and common areas
  • Weekly thorough cleaning
  • Project cleaning such as carpets, hard surface flooring, vacuuming of window draperies, and blinds
  • Twice annual detail cleaning of all residence halls
  • Annual cleaning of interior windows

Schedule

Monday through Friday
4:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Residence halls, offices, classroom spaces, and common areas are cleaned.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Residence hall showers, classrooms for evening classes are cleaned and a second policing of high-traffic restrooms.

Saturday and Sunday
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Weekend coverage for policing and cleaning of classrooms, conference rooms, restrooms and residence halls.

Sunday through Thursday
11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Shampooing and floor refinishing

Landscaping

The Landscape Department's goal is to maintain a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment on roughly 70 acres of undeveloped and developed landscape and hardscape areas at Regis University Lowell Campus. The Arboretum at Regis University falls under the Landscape Department's care, as well as the management of custodial services.

Services

  • Turf maintenance
  • Annual planting
  • Tree and shrub maintenance
  • Fertilization
  • Snow removal
  • Sidewalk/roadway repair and maintenance
  • Rubbish removal
  • General repairs
  • Outdoor signage installation and repair
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Pest control
  • Recycling
  • Irrigation installation and maintenance
  • Management of custodial services

Structural Maintenance

The Structural Maintenance department has the responsibility of caring for the envelope of all buildings and the structural components within. The windows and doors, walls, floors, ceilings, paint, hardware, lighting, carpet, and signage are just some of the many responsibilities assigned to the structural crew. In addition, they conduct regular inspections, perform routine maintenance, repair and make minor improvements.

Services

  • Internal and external painting
  • Inspections
  • Signage
  • Structural Services
  • Lighting
  • General repairs
  • Carpentry
  • Locks and hardware
  • Campus moves and relocations
  • Minor renovation
  • Structural renovation project management
  • Structural cycle maintenance

Utilities

The Utilities maintenance department has the responsibility to monitor, operate, maintain, and repair components and systems that provide heat, cooling, water, sewer, and electrical power to all buildinplant and grounds on the Lowell Campus. Many of the components include, but are not limited to: boilers, chillers, fan units, electrical panels, motors, pumps, temperature sensors, toilets, and sinks. Systems include drain waste and venting, domestic hot water, fire monitoring and reporting, chilled water cooling, hot water heating and electrical branch circuitry.

Services

  • Waste water removal
  • Temperature control
  • Electrical distribution
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Domestic water supply
  • General repairs
  • Preventative maintenance
  • System inspections

As part of our mission, the Physical Plant Team is committed to conserving energy and preserving the environment. The links explain some initiatives we have put in motion to make this campus (and the world) a better place, now and in the future.

Emergency Management/Conservation

The office of Energy Management is new to the University. It was created as part of the performance contract between Long Energy Solutions and Regis University. The Resource Conservation Administrator (RCA) is responsible for monitoring the success of facility improvements and system control upgrades. The RCA will conduct facility audits exploring opportunities to maximize conservation efforts and solicit support from the university community to implement changes needed to reach aggressive energy conservation goals.

An energy conservation policy has been in place for a year and used specific guidelines and procedures for each facility on the Lowell campus. Compliance with these guidelines will have a substantial impact on our environment, as well as save money in energy costs. It is in everyone�s best interest to optimize our energy consumption and become �good stewards� of our natural resources. Maximizing the benefits from these guidelines will require cooperation at ALL levels.

The RCA provides building owners and operators with comprehensive energy services and performance contracts that deliver better buildings. This work centers on the design and installation of facility-specific solutions incorporating energy efficient HVAC systems, lighting, building automation, control systems, and on-site energy management. The RCA combines this with data acquisition, financing, staff training and occupant strategies tailored to a customer's particular situation.

How You Can Help

Below are some ways you can help Physical Plant better serve you and the environment around us.

  • Please do not chain bicycles to trees. There are designated bike racks throughout campus
  • Report spills and broken glass immediately
  • Use proper cigarette urns
  • Please remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Please refrain from taping or posting anything to fire doors or exterior exits. It is a city ordinance that these doors be kept clear of debris
  • Please leave lawn-sprinkler heads alone. Kicking, hitting, twisting or otherwise damaging these integral parts of the water delivery systems, causes water waste
  • Trash cans are for trash. Please use them and make our campus a better place
  • Avoid attaching signs to campus signage without approval from Physical Plant. Taping signs or anything else to painted signs or any painted surface causes quicker deterioration of that surface and increased need for repainting
  • Please do not pound signs or any object into the ground without checking with and getting prior approval from Physical Plant. Irrigation and communication lines lay near the surface, and damage could result. Physical Plant will let you know where it is safe to place your sign stakes
  • Having a large group get together? Call us for additional trash receptacles and help keep Regis clean
  • If you see graffiti, please report it immediately. Quick removal of graffiti is a good way to deter further vandalism
  • If you see slick or icy spots that need attention, please let us know

Recycling and Conservation Efforts

Physical Plant Landscape Department contracts a company to pick up and haul our white paper for recycling purposes. Physical Plant purchases desk side receptacles from the contractor. The desk side receptacles are then picked up and deposited into larger receptacles by our own custodial contractor. The white paper contractor then hauls these receptacles off site for recycling. Any contamination in the white paper receptacles results in extra charges being levied by the contractor who monitors the contaminants rather closely. Items that can be recycled are: white paper, computer print-outs, carbon-free forms, and non-window envelopes. The contractor considers contaminants or unacceptable items found in white paper receptacles as follows:

  • Phone Books
  • Carbon Paper
  • Magazines
  • Kraft Envelopes
  • Trash/food waste
  • Blueprints
  • Gum/candy wrappers
  • Post-it notes
  • Rubber bands
  • Personal hygiene items (gloves, etc.)
  • Medical wastes (rubber gloves, needles, syringes, bandages, etc.)
  • Fax paper
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue
  • Gummed labels
  • Plastic tabs
  • Paper towels
  • Non-water soluble glue
  • Junk mail
  • Styrofoam (of any kind)
  • Photographs
  • Chipboard (cereal boxes, pad backs, etc.)
  • Printer ribbons and/or ribbon cartridges
  • Copier parts or boxes
  • Physical Plant sponsors cardboard recycling containers in an agreement worked out with our refuse collector. Two dumpsters are currently dedicated for cardboard only and are clearly marked as such. One of the cardboard recycling dumpsters is located south of the Student Center rear entrance to the Marriot. The other is located at the #4 upper parking lot just east of the entrance to the Copy and Print Center. Currently, individuals who wish to recycle cardboard must on their own transport and deposit their cardboard to one of those two dumpsters.

    Physical Plant also sponsors a newspaper recycling dumpster. It is located south of the library in the S.W. corner of parking lot #2. Like the cardboard recycling dumpster, individuals must on their own take their newspapers and deposit them in the newspaper only dumpster.

    Wind Source for Energy

    Energy from the wind has been powering classrooms and facilities at Regis University. In 1997, the University signed up to purchase electricity from Colorado's first "wind farm" in northeastern Colorado.

    Regis lead the way in helping the state to develop renewable energy resources when it became Public Service Company of Colorado's first WindSource customer.

    Regis has committed to purchase 240,000 kWh of electricity per year from the ten-megawatt "wind farm", which equates to approximately five percent of the University's total electric consumption. This commitment to renewable wind energy has the same equivalent benefit as locing 100 acres of trees, or not driving a car for a half million miles. Regis' purchase of wind power will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by 168 tons a year.

    The wind turbines are located at Public Service Company of Colorado's Ponnequin Wind Facility, just inside the Colorado border about ten miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    What do I do if something needs repaired?

    If the work needed is an emergency, please call extension 4211. (An emergency is considered life threatening and/or a threat to property.) If it is not an emergency, please submit a workorder via email or our online form.

    How can I control the heat/air conditioning in my office?

    The majority of the heating and ventilation systems on campus were not designed for individual control. There are some thermostatic valves on the radiators of the older buildings that permit the occupant some control. Temperatures are controlled, for the most part, by a computerized Energy Management System which is interconnected throughout each building on campus. Please report heat and air conditioning problems to the Physical Plant at extension 4211.

    Who do I call to pick up my recycling?

    Housekeeping is responsible for picking up recycling. If your recycling has been missed please call extension 4211.

    Who do I contact to move furniture?

    If you need to schedule a move, please enter it into the work order system or call the work order technician at extension 4211. Please call one to four weeks in advance to schedule the move.

    Who do I call to report a fire alarm going off?

    Please call 9-911 first, then call Security at extension 4122.

    Who do I contact regarding telephone problems?

    Please contact the ITS Help Center at x4050.

    Who do I contact if I have cable television problems?

    Please call Residence Life at extension 4991.

    My keys are locked in my car, who do I call?

    We are not permitted to unlock cars. Please call Wyatt's Towing Company at 303.777.2448 and they will unlock your car for approximately $25.

    My vehicle will not start, who do I call?

    Please call Physical Plant at extension 4944 during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will dispatch someone with a battery pack to help jump-start your car. Please provide the vehicle make, model, color, and location to aid us in finding your car. For car problems after hours, contact Campus Safety and Security at extension 4122.

    What do I need to do to request a key?

    Before any key is issued, a key request form must be completed and turned into the Physical Plant with the department head's signature. Upon completion, the requesting party needs to sign for his/her key personally at Physical Plant. We're located in the basement of the DeSmet residence hall.