Snow removal is an important winter responsibility of Landscape Services. Landscape Services staff works diligently to clear snow and have the campus open in time for morning classes and/or remove snow as it accumulates during the day.
All department personnel are involved in snow removal; operating snowplows, sweepers, snow blowers or shoveling by hand to make the campus as accessible and as safe as possible. All sidewalks, parking lots and streets on campus are mapped and assigned to an equipment operator or a crew of scoopers. Areas are prioritized so that snow removal can be done in an efficient and effective manner.
The snow removal process is initiated by a phone call from the campus managers to the individuals on the top of the calling‐tree list, followed by all employees being called and told when to arrive for campus snow removal. Starting times are determined by the amount of snowfall and predicted weather forecast. Landscape Services utilizes several sources to predict the weather including information available through the internet.
Our goal is to have all of campus including sidewalks and parking lots cleaned and accessible before faculty, staff and students begin to arrive on campus. The employees arriving early (sometimes at midnight, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 a.m.) for snow removal and generally leave after eight hours if sidewalks and parking lots have been cleared. Depending on availability, one or two employees are asked to be available for calls regarding problem spots on campus later that day. After the snow is removed, we treat sidewalks and parking lots with an ice melt product that is environmentally safe and not harmful to plant material and cured concrete pavement.
On a rotating basis, crews are assigned to be on call for evening and weekend events to remove snow and treat sidewalks before the event begins. These events are primarily held at the Champions Club, Devaney Sport Center, Kimball Hall, Morrill Hall, Johnny Carson School of Theater, Lied Center, Nebraska Union, East Union, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Mary Riepma Ross Media Art Center, Sheldon Museum of Art, Temple, Van Brunt Visitor Center, Westbrook and the Wick Center.
Access routes for handicapped students on campus have been coordinated with the Office for Services for Faculty, Staff and Students with Disabilities. These areas of campus receive priority treatment for snow removal.