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Facilities Department

Our Services

USC has a reputation for being a beautiful place to learn and work due, in no small part, to our dedicated team of engineers, architects, crafts professionals, business support staff and administrative experts.

We work together to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.


USC's Columbia campus is comprised of over 570 acres of parks, parking lots, athletic and intramural fields and equestrian facilities. With 189 miles of pathways, one of the best ways to experience campus is to take a walk.

Our landscaping team oversees the maintenance and planting of our green spaces. Nearly 6,000 trees are managed within the landscape of our award winning urban campus. By utilizing state-of-the-art software to inventory and map each tree, we are able to preserve the serenity of our grounds for generations to come.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized our campus and community landscaping efforts with the Tree Campus USA Award

We also received a Green Star Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) for our sound, professional grounds management program.

Sustainable landscaping and water management best practices, such as reducing chemical use and pursuing low-impact development, continue to be a priority as we advance our mission to increase the health and value of our campus green spaces.

Environmental Services

The Environmental Services team manages the disposal and recycling of university waste.

Our Gamecock Waste enterprise completes routes with over 150 trash and recycling dumpsters to remove over 300 pounds of student-generated trash each year.

We also supervise recycling efforts at USC. Bins for paper, plastic and aluminum cans are convienent campus-wide. With help from our campus community, we are also able to collect a sizable amount of paper, metal, wood, electronics and other recyclable materials annually.

Our Carolina Recycling program fosters a healthy campus community by making waste reduction simple and convenient.

Custodial Services

Our Custodial teams tend to an average of 66,000 square feet of academic and administrative buildings every day. The daily cleaning of this 6.2 million square feet of space is 2 ½ times the industry standard.

Energy Services

We supply and monitor campus heating, cooling, water and lighting. 

To insure that our university community has a comfortable and safe working environment, we manage an infrastructure of underground electric, steam and water piping over 20 miles long, 

Facility Maintenance

To make sure we arrive on time and where we are needed, service requests are dispatched through our Customer Call Center.

It is our job to supervise:

  • Emergency call boxes
  • Emergency generators
  • Locksmithing and keys issued to university personnel
  • Campus lighting and electricity
  • Roofing 
  • Piping
  • Windows
  • HVAC filters 

Facilities Department