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Grounds Services Provides Safe Conditions

The winter of 1994 is special in everyone's mind. While the sound of back-up alarms and plow blades clearing snow and ice can be disturbing, they are both necessary for the snow removal process and providing safe conditions for the community. During a snow storm, the mission of the Grounds Services Department is to keep parking areas, roadways, and walkways open for the entire community. During this process the Medical Department, Campus Police, handicapped ramps, emergency telephones, fire hydrants, parking areas, and the main buildings are the first areas to be opened up. While these areas are being cleared, we open general access areas, walkways, stairs, and adjoining city areas if we know they will not be cleared.

Once the campus is opened up, there is an ongoing process of making sure emergency areas and handicapped ramps are kept clear.

After a storm we begin the process of pushing back snow to make room if another storm should develop. At this point, if good weather continues, we begin to haul snow piles away. Areas that are critical to keeping the Institute operating are done first. Then we begin clearing drains and removing snow from parking lots and garage roofs.

The campus encompasses over 150 acres, and is surrounded by city. Grounds Services has only 44 employees and operates only one shift. Add to this the fact that a snow storm can start at any time, and you begin to understand why it is so difficult to satisfy everyone.

The Grounds Services Department regrets any inconveniences you may have encountered this winter, but our efforts were directed to keeping the Institute open and operating and providing safe conditions for the community and visitors to our campus.

Robert W. Hagerty Director MIT Grounds Services