Custodial Services

More than 300 Building Service Workers (BSWs) work in shifts around the clock to keep campus buildings clean.


  • Cleaning restrooms and educational, research, private, and public areas
  • Emptying trash and recycling containers
  • Mopping floors
  • Restocking soap and towel dispensers
  • Erasing chalkboards and replenishing chalk
  • Dusting wood trim, window ledges, baseboards, radiators, and conduits
  • Cleaning university-installed and approved carpeting
  • Locking and unlocking doors

BSWs remove snow from steps and walkways leading to buildings. They also perform special services such as emergency clean-ups in the event of flooding or plumbing leaks. The movers in this group help move items including furniture, file cabinets, books, lab equipment, and supplies.

Frequency of Services             

Once Per Week

Five Times Per Week

Labs Entrances & Hallways
Private Offices
Vending Areas
Administrative Offices
Reception Areas
Water Fountains (1st floor)
Restrooms (1st floor)

Three Times Per Week

Twice Monthly

Wall-to-Wall Vacuuming
Lounges, Conference Rooms, Kitchens           
 (university-installed and approved carpeting)
Water Fountains (upper floors)
Restrooms (upper floors)

Expanded BSW Early Day Shift

BSW ImageResponses to a recent customer survey conducted by Building Services regarding the Early Day Shift program were very positive. Facility contacts reported an increased number of favorable comments about the improved conditions of their buildings.

March 18, the Early Day Shift was expanded to buildings west of the Quad and on the Engineering Campus to the north. Coverage has increased from 1.2M square feet to 3M as the self-directed work teams now include 62 BSWs in a total of 30 buildings.

The expanded BSW Early Shift includes a swing position on each team to perform floor work.  A new floor process for Lincoln Hall and the Henry Administration Building is environmentally friendly, using synthetic industrial diamond floor pads that require no chemical strippers or finishes.