Campus Facilities is dedicated to providing the university's Christ-centered community with a well-maintained, safe, and comfortable environment to further the pursuit of academic excellence.
Our responsibilities include providing service in the following areas: custodial, events, horticulture, environmental health and safety, maintenance, projects, transportation, and sustainability.
We use one online system for all work orders, including event setup and all maintenance requests.
Event setup requests should be made two weeks prior to the date of your event. Timely requests help us help you prepare for a successful event. Last-minute requests will only be honored if the resources are available.
What We Do
Environmental Health & Safety
The Office of Environmental Health & Safety helps the university keep up-to-date with various environmental and health compliance laws. The office serves the main campus and satellite locations in San Diego County.
Building Services provides various operational support services that are vital to campus day-to-day operations. This support includes regular trash pickup, pest control, and janitorial services.
Horticulture & Grounds
PLNU uses a unique collection of plants, including native California plants, to enhance the natural beauty of the campus and encourage an environment conducive to learning.
The Horticulture & Grounds Department is in charge of all planting design — the look and feel of the PLNU campus. The 90-acre campus is divided into several service areas. Each service area has been assigned to a group of groundskeepers to maintain and improve the quality of the landscape.
Horticulture & Grounds Department services include:
- Preserve, rejuvenate, and improve the landscape around campus
- Plant care, relocation, and removal (when necessary)
- Maintain the use of California native plants in PLNU landscape design
- Oversee care of campus urban forest
- Maintain campus streets and walkways
- Manage and maintain the PLNU nursery
- Maintain a small equipment shop
- Provide presentation plants for events
Campus nursery operations consist of propagating, holding, and renovating plant material for the landscape. PLNU propagates the majority of its ground covers. Potted plants are planted, root pruned, and held for campus events. During ornamental bed renovation, tuberous plants are divided and planted back into the bed and the rest are potted up in the nursery for future use. Any new plants, purchased or donated, are staged in the nursery for installation in the landscape.
Fewer plants are purchased, as we are able to recycle and reuse various plant materials. We are now able to plant our own annuals from seed with the addition of a greenhouse.
Decomposition is a natural process when organic material is broken down. In composting, however, the decomposition process is accelerated and improved by human intervention. Compost produced is used onsite in campus ornamental plantings.
Green recycling refers to a process where plants or parts of plants are reused. An example of green recycling is chipping tree branches. The wood chips can then be used for mulch.
There are many benefits to having a worm farm. It is a way to return much-needed organic materials back into the soil. Two immediate benefits of the farm are compost materials, which are readily digested by plants, and natural liquid fertilizer, a.k.a. "worm tea."
The Maintenance Department is responsible for the following scope of services:
- To implement a preventive maintenance program that will reduce downtime campuswide. This includes fans, blowers, locks, hinges, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical.
- To encourage each team member to go the "extra mile" in assisting our customers. If a new request can be done while helping with other requested work, we will take care of it at the same time.
- To challenge each team member to find new ways of doing the task before them more efficiently and thoroughly.
- To encourage teamwork within our interrelated departments. We know cooperation is the key to overall physical plant success, and communication is essential for cooperation.
- To proactively repair items we become aware of even before a work order is requested.
- To continue cross-training team members and use seminars and classes for enhanced vocational training.
- To implement an effective life-cycle equipment replacement schedule for appliances in the residence halls.