New vendor providing custodial services
Although many of the same faces can be seen among the custodial staff in University buildings, custodians are sporting a new uniform and working for a new company.
As of July 1, American Building Maintenance began providing custodial services to the University. The company was selected following a competitive bidding process with several national and regional janitorial contractors, including the University's former service provider, Admiral Maintenance Service. Most of the University's former Admiral workers have been retained by ABM.
ABM was selected based on its successful 65-year track record in institutional and university cleaning, said Duane Hickling, Associate Vice President for Facilities. The company also has excellent training programs for its managers, supervisors and other employees. "We are expecting ABM to be better supervised and do a better job of cleaning," he said. "They will do more detailed cleaning, such as high dusting and detail vacuuming."
Carl Thompson, Supervisor of Campus Services, will be responsible for managing relations with ABM and for ensuring that ABM services meet the University's standards and expectations.