The objective of the Grounds Maintenance Department at Western Colorado University is to provide a visually pleasing and safe outdoor environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors of Western.
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Grounds Maintenance of Main Campus
- Athletic Fields Maintenance
- Landscape Construction
- Snow and Ice Removal
- Other Services
Grounds Maintenance on Campus
The main campus at Western consists of around 40 acres of irrigated and maintained landscape. The water supply for the irrigation system at Western is provided by the Gunnison Ditch Authority. This supply is a non-potable water source from the Gunnison River. We control and monitor our irrigation with a Rainbird Maxicom computer control system, which helps with efficiency.
During the peak of the season there are 15-20 full time, part time, seasonal, and Student employees that maintain the Grounds at Western. The maintenance consists of mowing, trimming, irrigation repair, trash pickup, tree and shrub care, among other duties.
Athletic Fields Maintenance
The 23 acres of athletic fields at Western are made up of the Katy O. Rad field, Crimson Practice Field, Lacrosse and Rugby Fields, the football practice field, and the Mountaineer Bowl. The ryegrass/bluegrass turf is maintained at a height of one inch on the main practice and playing fields during the seasons of play and painted and marked to NCAA rules and specifications.
Snow and Ice Removal
The Grounds Department is responsible for snow and ice removal on 3.4 miles of sidewalk, 1.8 miles of paved streets, and 18 acres of parking lots. The objective is to provide a safe walking and driving surface for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to Western. View the full Campus Snow Removal Policy.
Other services provided by the Grounds Department include, but are not limited to, parking lot and street maintenance, painting and maintenance of the W and W Mountain, classroom and office moves, setup for special events, among other duties.