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Facilities Department


Our Leadership

It is our responsibility to develop and manage over 13 million square feet of buildings, including parks, parking lots, athletic fields and equestrian facilities. 

Facilities Directors

James "Jim" D. Demarest

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

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

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.

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