It is our responsibility to develop and manage over 13 million square feet of buildings,
including parks, parking lots, athletic fields and equestrian facilities.
James "Jim" D. Demarest | Associate Vice President, Facilities Services
The Facilities Services team handles all facilities service requests as well as maintenance,
custodial services, landscaping and grounds, signage and more for the USC community. Jim has
37 years of experience managing higher education facilities, including the University
of Nebraska, Old Dominion University and Illinois State University where he served
as Executive Director of Facilities Management. He earned his B.S. in Education from
Nebraska Wesleyan University. He served on the board of directors for the national
APPA organization (Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) and as president
of the South Carolina APPA chapter. Presently, he sits on the SCAPPA board of directors.
Derek S. Gruner, RA, LEED AP, | University Architect, Associate Vice President of
Facilities Planning, Design and Construction
The Planning, Design and Construction team creates new projects within the state procurement
system, guides projects through approvals, works closely with private architectural
and engineering firms, documents space management and other property matters. Derek has
30 years of experience in master planning, programming, architectural design and construction
administration. A former principal at a Columbia architectural and engineering firm,
his projects have included university, corporate, institutional, athletic, historic
preservation and adaptive reuse. Derek holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from
the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University.
Jeffrey "Jeff" D. Lamberson | Director of Special Projects
The Design and Construction team works with project stakeholders to manage large multi-agency
and interagency funded collaborative projects. Jeff has 30 years of experience in
construction and facilities management. As a Navy commander, he managed facilities
and projects in Texas, Italy, Spain and Washington D.C., and later managed infrastructure
projects in third world countries for a private firm. Jeff, a licensed professional
engineer, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and an M.S. in Civil
Engineering and Construction Management from Georgia Tech.