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Building Services & Grounds

Building Services


The building trades shop includes carpentry, masonry, and painting trades. This group provides services such as routine maintenance of ceilings, floors, doors, interior/exterior walls, sidewalks, and windows. This unit is also responsible for maintaining parking lot and road markings and the coordination of the Commencement assembly.

Key Control

The key control office provides lock repair, lock changes, lockout services (file cabinet, desk, office) and issuing of keys (with the exception of residence halls) to authorized members of the university community.


The roofing shop maintains the roofing systems on over 110 buildings on campus. The unit also identifies roofs in need of replacement and assists in coordinating the contractor’s work to provide the least disturbance to campus activities and coordination for the shutdown of rooftop equipment for the safety of building occupants and roofing contractor personnel.

Sign Shop

The sign shop is responsible for all signage on campus. This includes exterior lighted building signs, street, parking and all interior signage. Design of signage for campus is coordinated through the University Architect’s office.

Moving and Hauling

Moving and Hauling manages the handling and transport of office furniture, laboratory equipment, and a wide variety of special items. Moving and Hauling is primarily involved in coordinating this work among campus buildings and associated rental properties.


The Electrical shop provides repair and maintenance services for motors, emergency generators, electrical distribution systems and lighting systems.

Mechanical Services

Mechanical Services provides repair and maintenance services for HVAC and plumbing systems in addition to insulation, welding and sheet metal services.


Grounds Operations maintains both the functional and aesthetic standards for 850 intensively managed acres, 20 miles of roadway, 20 miles of sidewalks, 70 parking lots, and a 4-acre duck pond. This responsibility involves multi-layered planning and coordination, as well as effective, quick response to a steady stream of daily demands, special events such as student move-in, and emergencies such as ice storms and flooding.

Beautification & Pruning

The Beautification & Pruning division is responsible for planting new trees and shrubs (approximately 300 trees in the last two years); renovating old landscaping sites; mowing and trimming campus turf; applying fertilizer and pesticides; pruning the campus collection of trees and shrubs; and installing and maintaining perennial and annual flower beds.

Recycling and Solid Waste

Virginia Tech Recycling coordinates the educational and operational aspects of campus recycling, solid waste collection, and litter control. Additionally, the Virginia Tech Recycling office supervises yardwaste mulching and composting operation, post-closure care of the Virginia Tech closed sanitary landfill, and various environmental restoration initiatives.

Heavy/Highway Equipment

Road Maintenance is responsible for the maintenance of and repair of all campus streets, roadways, parking lots, and loading docks, including State Route 314, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Tech’s Transportation and Campus Services. In addition, Road Maintenance provides heavy equipment assistance for a broad range of in-house and contracted landscaping, utilities, and renovation work.


Location and Contact Info

Facilities Operations
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-4300

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Technicians are available on most shifts to respond to emergency calls until midnight Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

To report an emergency outside of normal working hours call the Virginia Tech Police Department at 231-6411.

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